Dance Like the Irish

According to the U.S. Census in 2013, more than 35.5 million Americans listed their heritage as Irish.  So, it is not surprising that for many Americans the month of March has become synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day, and the chance to embrace Irish culture.   Also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, St. Patrick’s Day … Continue reading Dance Like the Irish

Affordable Basic Must-Have Exercise Equipment

When boutique fitness classes, gym memberships, and pricey trainers can break the bank, it may seem like fitness is totally unaffordable. But you can get a great workout at home by stocking up on these highly affordable basics! Jump Rope: A versatile tool that can build up your endurance and stamina and meets your cardiovascular … Continue reading Affordable Basic Must-Have Exercise Equipment

Why the Gym Works

How is the gym great for overall fitness and health? The gym, health club or fitness center, whatever the label, it is pertinent to your overall health, fitness and quality of life.  The stress, sedentary lifestyle and underperforming nutritional habits the gym is integral to help turn your lifestyle around.  By placing yourself in an … Continue reading Why the Gym Works

The Benefits of Cross Training

Cross training is typically defined as an exercise regime that uses several modes of training to develop a specific component of fitness.  A runner, for example, will only utilize certain muscles when running. The hip flexor group and the gluteal group of muscles can get weak causing the pelvis to rotate and continue to affect … Continue reading The Benefits of Cross Training

Eating Before You Work Out?

Yes! A pre-workout meal, eaten three hours within your workout, can offer multiple health benefits that can power you through your fitness practice. Replenishing your glycogen stores with nutrition can improve your energy level significantly during a workout, as your muscles are fueled by the energy created by breaking down glycogen during exertion. Heavy weight-training … Continue reading Eating Before You Work Out?

Staying Fit Over the Fattening Holidays

The holiday season can make it hard to stick to your fitness schedule. Between the chillier temps, holiday pies, land cross-country travel, it can be pretty tough to stay active during the holiday season. Family obligations, work parties, and last-minute shopping means that hitting the gym often gets delayed or crossed off the schedule altogether. … Continue reading Staying Fit Over the Fattening Holidays

Penn State Berks Kinesiology

Penn State Berks offers the Exercise Science baccalaureate degree in Kinesiology.  Kinesiology is the study of movement and the Exercise Science option offers students courses covering exercise physiology, motor control, exercises and sport psychology, sport history, sport philosophy, and biomechanics. Why is Kinesiology so important?  Movement is the key to a better quality of life.  … Continue reading Penn State Berks Kinesiology