Faith and Fitness: The Role of Black Churches in Community Health

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Faith and Fitness: The Role of Black Churches in Community Health

Black churches are the centerpiece of Black culture and many social norms. Churches can also be leveraged as a source of empowerment and community in a way that promotes holistic health—of body, mind and spirit. So, how can the Black church become a driver of public health in the Black community? And, how can exercise professionals lend their passion and expertise?

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Physical Inactivity and COVID-19 Severity: Yet Another Compelling Reason to Get Moving

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Physical Inactivity and COVID-19 Severity: Yet Another Compelling Reason to Get Moving

The CDC recently released updated information about Americans who are at increased risk of becoming very sick from COVID-19, “People who do little or no physical activity, or exercise, are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 than those who are physically active.” ACE’s President and Chief Science Officer, Cedric X. Bryant shares his thoughts, and plenty of resources to help get people moving.

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Keeping Cold-weather Physical Activity Safe

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Keeping Cold-weather Physical Activity Safe

During a typical winter, it is not uncommon to hear about cardiac-related deaths linked to physical exertion—namely snow shoveling. Learn why the combination of cold weather and physical exertion places some people at risk for a cardiac event—especially older, unfit individuals or those with cardiac disease—and how to make exercising in the cold a safer experience.

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Understanding & Interpreting the ACE-Sponsored Research on the CrossFit™ Workout

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Understanding & Interpreting the ACE-Sponsored Research on the CrossFit™ Workout

CrossFit is, arguably, the hottest trend in fitness these days, with legions of devotees performing WODs (workouts of the day). To determine if these short, high-intensity workouts are enough to get you fit, ACE sponsored a research study that looked at the calorie burn and intensity of two popular CrossFit workouts. In this article, ACE Chief Science Officer Dr. Cedric Bryant summarizes and interprets the findings of this study.

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Do the benefits outweigh the risks if individuals hold dumbbells in their hands while doing step aerobics or other cardio activities?

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Do the benefits outweigh the risks if individuals hold dumbbells in their hands while doing step aerobics or other cardio activities?

Adding extra weight in the form of hand or wrist weights increases the total mass that must be moved, so it seems logical that using extra weight would be beneficial in boosting the physiological demands of an activity, right? But do the benefits outweigh the risks? Find out here.

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After gastric bypass surgery, are there specific exercise precautions I should take?

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After gastric bypass surgery, are there specific exercise precautions I should take?

Without question, exercise can play a critical role helping gastric bypass patients achieve long-term success in their efforts to fully recover from surgery and engage in a “normal” routine of activities. However, certain exercise training considerations and precautions exist for these individuals.

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