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Medicine balls making a comeback

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When you think of workout accessories in 2014, the archaic and rudimentary medicine ball usually isn’t included in the list with kettlebells, suspension cords or a Bosu.

But, some workouts are starting to include the basic piece, and maybe the original accessory aside from weights.

A former professional athlete with a New York City clubs uses them because he said it is one of the few pieces of equipment that you aren’t tied to. He also feels it is less intimidating than suspension apparatus.

“With a lot of machinery you’re kind of stuck,” said Alonzo Wilson. “But with the med ball you can run, jump, grab it, slam it and hold it while not staying in one spot.”

Take your medicine ball (Yahoo Health)  

MINDBODY one of top places to work

The third time is a charm for MINDBODY. Not that the first two weren’t.

The California-based company that provides web and mobile business management solutions for the health and wellness industry was named to the Best Places to Work list by Outside Magazine.

The list is derived from customer-satisfaction surveys that include information on benefits, compensation, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives and other factors.

MINDBODY has strong and thriving wellness programs. It also has an employer-subsidized voucher system, MINDBODY Exchange. It allows employers to pay for all or some of wellness services their employees use.

MINDBODY #56 on top places to work list (MINDBODY)

Japan looking into lower health premiums for healthy

Researchers in Japan are formulating a business model that would see insurance companies giving benefits, in terms of lower premiums, to those who regularly exercise.

The researchers conducted a survey with 79 health club members ages 20-85. The cumulative medical expenses from those in the study when they were 40-85 were ¥1.87 million less than the national average. 

The proposed model would give lower insurance premiums to those who regularly exercise at a club. And, insurance companies would collect lower insurance policies by selling policies to healthy individuals.

The professor who is leading the story said about 71,000 new policies are taken out every year and about 5% would fall under the new model.

Japan: proposed lower health premiums for the healthy (Japan Times)

Another benefit of exercise: those with ADHD

Another week, another study that shows the benefits of exercise. Not that anyone is complaining.

Recent research in Pediatrics, a medical journal, shows that regular physical exercise showed enhancement of cognitive performance and brain function. Better cognitive control – the ability to focus on one thing – could be vital to those with ADHD.

The findings, “demonstrate a causal effect of a physical program on executive control, and provide support for physical activity for improving childhood cognition and brain health," said University of Illinois professor Charles Hillman.

Exercise may help focusing (The Atlantic)


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