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WNYC News

Getting in Shape for Free

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fencing in Bryant Park in Manhattan, Zumba at Poe Park in The Bronx and meditation at the Conference House Park in Staten Island are some of the classes available this spring.  

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Freakonomics Radio

What’s the “Best” Exercise? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Most people blame lack of time for being out of shape. So maybe the solution is to exercise more efficiently.

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Listen to Lucy

The CEO fad for extreme exercise has gone too far

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The CEO fad for extreme exercise has gone too far

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PRI's The World

BollyX combines Bollywood dance moves with aerobics to make you more fit

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Have you ever done the "screw in the light bulb" dance move? How about the "picking fruit?" You'll learn them and more moves at the new BollyX fitness class.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Work Out Till You Puke?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Between Crossfit, P90X and the Tough Mudder races, extreme work outs (that sometimes cause participants to vomit or otherwise injure themselves) are growing in popularity. Julie Beck, senior associate health editor at The Atlantic, and Gretchen Reynolds, author of the "Phys Ed" column for the New York Times Well blog, explore the motivations behind this form of exercise and wonder if it's even healthy.

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The Takeaway

The Cult Following & Tribalism of CrossFit

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In 2005, there were only 13 CrossFit gyms across the country. Today, there are more than 9,000. But CrossFit is not just a fitness trend, it’s a philosophy too. What's behind this fitness craze?

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Freakonomics Radio

What’s the “Best” Exercise?

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Most people blame lack of time for being out of shape. So maybe the solution is to exercise more efficiently.

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The Takeaway

Can Data-Tracking Devices Help Kids Stay Active?

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Can data and algorithms help motivate kids to be more active? That’s the goal of a new project being pioneered in Snohomish County, Washington. Dr. Gary Goldbaum, health officer and director for the Snohomish Health District explains what the program hopes to achieve. Ben Waber, CEO of Sociometric Solutions and author of “People Analytics: How Social Sensing Technology Will Transform Business” talks about the broader implications of these kinds of practices. 

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Soundcheck

Can Making Music Boost Your Workout?

Monday, November 04, 2013

Can making music while exercising boost your workout? New York Times "Phys Ed" columnist Gretchen Reynolds talks about the fascinating findings of a new study.

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New Jersey News

The "Best Tasting Water" in New Jersey

Thursday, August 29, 2013

This month, Livingston was presented with an award for having the "best tasting water" in the state by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Water Works Association. And earlier this summer, Facebook called Livingston one of the top-10 "fittest" cities in America.

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Operavore

On-Demand Audio: The Endurance Test of Opera

Saturday, March 02, 2013

The long-running joke about opera is that a performance is not over until the fat lady sings. But a growing number of young opera singers are bucking that stereotype and are focusing on mental and physical fitness and endurance in order to excel at their jobs.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Exercise Science

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Gretchen Reynolds writes the "Phys Ed" column for the New York Times and is the author of The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can: Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer. She joins us to discuss what science is proving and disproving when it comes to exercise. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A. J. Jacobs: Advice for Living

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

In another installment of "experimental living," A.J. Jacobs, the author of The Year of Living Biblically, follows ALL the advice for healthy living for his new book, Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection.

 

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Micropolis

Micropolis: NYC Street Workout Goes Global

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Is Street Calisthenics the most extreme workout in New York? That’s what some (highly-ripped) practitioners claim, although boot campers and P90Xers may vehemently disagree.

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The Takeaway

How Fit Do You Have to Be to Fight Crime?

Friday, March 16, 2012

John Hockenberry joins us from London, where people are talking about fitness for police officers. After a survey found that 53 percent of officers were overweight and one in 100 was morbidly obese, new proposal in England and Wales would require officers to undergo an annual fitness test. Penalties could include paycuts for those who repeatedly fail -- all as a way to reportedly "rid the service of fat officers". 

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Features

WATCH | Michelle Obama Beats Jimmy Fallon in White House Fitness Challenge

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Besides "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," Mrs. Obama has also appeared on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "Rachael Ray" to celebrate the second anniversary of her campaign against childhood obesity. Watch the race to see how Mrs. Obama won.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Billie Jean King

Monday, September 05, 2011

Billie Jean King, tennis legend and member of The President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, discusses the president's and first lady's agenda on national fitness as well as her tennis career. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Billie Jean King

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Billie Jean King, tennis legend and member of The President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition discusses the president's and first lady's agenda on national fitness as well as her tennis career. 

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The Takeaway

DIY Checkup: Longterm Priorities for a Healthy Life

Monday, June 21, 2010

How do we plan for a longer, healthier life?  According to an Annals of Internal Medicine study, there are four simple priorities people need to have in order to get healthy: quit smoking; eat five servings of fruits or vegetables each day; get to a "healthy" weight; and exercise vigorously for 100 minutes each week.

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The Takeaway

On Your Mark: Running Could be Good for Your Knees

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Whereas most people think running is good exercise that aggravates knees and causes long-term damage, a new report reveals that it just might be good for your joints. Last spring, a European study revealed that people who run were actually protected from knee injuries. New York Times Magazine columnist Gretchen Reynolds explains.

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