WBEZ | fitness http://www.wbez.org/tags/fitness Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Say yes to downward dog: More yoga poses are safe during pregnancy http://www.wbez.org/news/say-yes-downward-dog-more-yoga-poses-are-safe-during-pregnancy-113807 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/pregnant-yoga_custom-5687a8c47ca8703dbb1f86dc025c93ac0a4dc661-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res455937530" previewtitle="Four pregnant women sit in lotus position."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Four pregnant women sit in lotus position." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/13/pregnant-yoga_custom-5687a8c47ca8703dbb1f86dc025c93ac0a4dc661-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px;" title="Four pregnant women sit in lotus position. (Thomas Northcut/Getty Images)" /></div><div><div><p>Lots of studies have looked at the health benefits of prenatal yoga for the mother to be. There&#39;s even some evidence that yoga can be potentially helpful in reducing complications in high-risk pregnancies.</p></div></div></div><p>But does yoga have any impact on the fetus?</p><p>&quot;I wasn&#39;t able to find any evidence-based studies&quot; to answer this question, says&nbsp;<a href="https://kosairchildrenshospital.com/provider/rachael-polis-do-gynecology?Directions=403">Dr. Rachael Polis</a>, who practices gynecology at Kosair Children&#39;s Hospital in Louisville, Ky. So she and a group of collaborators decided to conduct their own study. Their findings have just been&nbsp;<a href="http://journals.lww.com/greenjournal/Abstract/publishahead/Yoga_in_Pregnancy__An_Examination_of_Maternal_and.98897.aspx">published</a>&nbsp;in the journal&nbsp;Obstetrics &amp; Gynecology.</p><p>They recruited 25 healthy pregnant women in their third trimesters. All the women in the study had uncomplicated pregnancies; no high blood pressure or gestational diabetes.</p><p>During one-on-one yoga classes, the women were guided through 26 poses &mdash; everything from standing poses, to twisting poses to stretching.</p><div id="res455902432" previewtitle="Child's pose"><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Child's pose" src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/13/childs-pose-1_custom-96820bc7476f8105a27b63d659cdd4dae58a0029-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px;" title="Child's pose. (Chris Gahler/Jersey Shore University Medical Center/American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)" /></div><div><p>&quot;We found these postures were really well-tolerated by women in our study,&quot; says Polis, who conducted the research while she was a resident at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. &quot;Women&#39;s vital signs, heart rates, blood pressure &mdash; these all remained normal.&quot;</p></div></div><p>In addition, there were no falls or injuries. And none of the women reported &quot;decreased fetal movement, contractions, leakage or fluid, or vaginal bleeding in the 24-hour follow-up,&quot; according to the study manuscript.</p><p>And very important, the fetal heart rate during all 26 poses remained normal.</p><p>&quot;Because we had them [the pregnant women] on continuous fetal monitoring, we could see that the fetal heart rate remained normal,&quot; says Polis.</p><p>During the study, the women avoided inversion poses such as handstand or headstand to reduce the risk of falls. And for obvious reasons they also avoided lying flat on their bellies.</p><p>But they did try poses that some yoga teachers have advised pregnant women to avoid. These include the downward-facing dog; the happy baby pose &mdash; that&#39;s a pose where you lie on your back and hold your toes like a baby; and the corpse pose, where you lie on your back. Pregnant women are often told to lie on their sides, not their backs, during the final stages of pregnancy.</p><div id="res455902596" previewtitle="Downward facing dog pose"><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Downward facing dog pose" src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/13/downward-dog_custom-f1ffd73f19a89a34f4e6d97e8dfc4fdc4013c6ee-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 494px; width: 620px;" title="Downward facing dog pose (Chris Gahler/Jersey Shore University Medical Center/American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)" /></div><div><div><p>Polis says her study finds all of these four poses were well-tolerated.</p></div></div></div><p>So, the message here seems to be: Go for it!</p><p>&quot;This is preliminary information, but I think it&#39;s exciting and reassuring to know there were no adverse changes for both mom or baby,&quot; Polis says.</p><p>There is one caveat. Polis says it&#39;s important that every woman check with her ob/gyn to make sure that there are no complications before hitting the yoga mat.</p></p> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/say-yes-downward-dog-more-yoga-poses-are-safe-during-pregnancy-113807 Morning Shift: News from Northwest Indiana http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-01-02/morning-shift-news-northwest-indiana-111323 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/LHOON.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We&#39;re Indiana bound as we give a little love to &quot;the region&quot; exploring some issues facing the Hoosier state in 2015 with WBEZ&#39;s Michael Puente. We recap the Winter Classic. And, we speak with a best-selling author whose book boasts bacon and a fool-proof fitness plan.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-126/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-126.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-126" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: News from Northwest Indiana " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 02 Jan 2015 08:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-01-02/morning-shift-news-northwest-indiana-111323 Why we sign up for gym memberships but never go to the gym http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/why-we-sign-gym-memberships-never-go-gym-111312 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/gym.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Gyms have built their business model around us not showing up.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Gyms have way more members than they can actually accommodate. Low-priced gyms are the most extreme example of this. Planet Fitness, which charges between $10 and $20 per month, has, on average, 6,500 members per gym.</p><p>Most of its gyms can hold around 300 people. Planet Fitness can do this because it knows that members won&#39;t show up. After all, if everyone who had a gym membership showed up at the gym, it would be Thunderdome.</p><p>If you are not going to the gym, you are actually the gym&#39;s best customer.</p><p><strong>So gyms try to attract people who won&#39;t come.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>If you haven&#39;t been a &quot;gym person&quot; in the past, chances are good that paying for a gym membership won&#39;t change that. Gyms know this and do what they can to attract people who haven&#39;t traditionally been gym rats.</p><p>Instead of displaying challenging equipment like weight benches and climbing machines in plain view, gyms will often hide weight rooms and other equipment in the back. Many gyms now have lobbies that are designed to look like hotels and fancy restaurants.</p><p>&quot;For the longest time, the design was around the sweat,&quot; says Rudy Fabiano, an architect who designs gyms all over the world. &quot;Twenty-five years ago ... clubs could be very intimidating. Remember there were the baggy pants that everybody had and the bodybuilders would bring their own jug of water?&quot;</p><p>Once gyms started looking more like hotels, coffee shops and restaurants, people who weren&#39;t bodybuilders started feeling comfortable in gyms. The casual gymgoer was born.</p><p><strong>Our brains want to be locked into annual contracts with gyms.</strong></p><p>Normally, we hate being locked into long contracts (cellphones, cable packages), but gym memberships are an exception.</p><p>&quot;Joining a gym is an interesting form of what behavioral economists call pre-commitment,&quot; says Kevin Volpp, director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the Wharton School.</p><p>Volpp says we actually like the idea of being locked into a gym contract ... at first, anyway.</p><p>&quot;They&#39;re picturing the &#39;new me&#39; who&#39;s actually going to go to the gym three times a week and become a physical fitness machine.&quot;</p><p>We convince ourselves that since we have committed to putting down money for a year, we will make ourselves go to the gym. And then, of course, we don&#39;t.</p><p><strong>Just when we try to get out, they feed us, massage us and ply us with alcohol. </strong></p><p>Gyms have big issues with retention, and most lose around half their members every year.</p><p>Once we realize that we haven&#39;t been going to the gym, even $20 per month can feel like too much.</p><p>To try to combat this, gyms look for ways to offer value to customers who aren&#39;t necessarily into working out. Planet Fitness has bagel breakfasts once a month and pizza dinners. Those are its busiest times. It also has massage chairs.</p><p>Other gyms have mixers and movie nights and spa treatments.</p><p><strong>Without slackers like us, gyms would be a lot more expensive.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>The reason gyms can charge so little is that most members don&#39;t go.</p><p>People who don&#39;t go are subsidizing the membership of people who do. So, if you don&#39;t work out, you are making gyms affordable for everyone.</p><p>If you are one of the brave few who actually do go to the gym, you are getting an amazing deal.</p><p>&mdash; <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/12/30/373996649/why-we-sign-up-for-gym-memberships-but-don-t-go-to-the-gym">via NPR</a></em></p></p> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/why-we-sign-gym-memberships-never-go-gym-111312 Morning Shift: Some have to work harder to want to workout http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-15/morning-shift-some-have-work-harder-want-workout <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Cover Flickr sun dazed.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Dr. Tim Lightfoot explains how some of us are genetically predisposed to skip a workout. Writer and urbanist Richard Florida breaks down the states in terms of physical fitness. 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Also, Chicago public schools are getting ready to teach comprehensive sex education courses. What&#39;s in the curriculum?</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-52/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-52.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-52" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Avoid getting checked out at the checkout line" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 08:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-27/morning-shift-avoid-getting-checked-out-checkout-line