Professor Sandra Hunter earned her PhD in exercise physiology at the University of Sydney, Australia. Sandra is currently Director of the Neuromuscular Physiology of Movement laboratory, and the Athletic and Human Performance Research Center at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Sandra’s passion is to optimize physical performance in all people of all abilities and all ages. Her research aims to understand why and how people lose strength and power as they age, the differences between men and women, and to determine the best exercise strategies to optimize muscle strength, power and endurance.

Run for your life!

Running is an excellent form of aerobic exercise, and when done on a regular a basis can have enormous health benefits.  You may already be a regular runner.
Or like many people, you have never considered running as an option and even be terrified by the thought. We provide helpful advice on how you can start or restart a regular running or walking regime. Even if you are already a regular runner, there are tips for you too.

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Life behind (handle)bars

The benefits of cycling are numerous. Many people want to cycle but aren’t sure how to start. The following blog provides suggestions on how to engage in a targeted and regular training regime to help you become a stronger, more confident, life-long cyclist. We provide a structured exercise program specific to cycling — especially for beginners or those who have taken a hiatus from past cycling activity, although, even experienced riders will relate!

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Cycle ready

Cycling activity (indoor and outdoor) has increased markedly over the last 6 months worldwide as offices, businesses, and schools closed to help slow the spread of the COVID-19. There are many health advantages to cycling. Read more for advice and tips on how to get the best out of cycling whether you are a novice or more experienced cyclist.

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Should you exercise with a mask during the pandemic?

Is it wise to wear a mask during exercise? The answer is not straight forward and will differ between people, the type of exercise and situation in which you are exercising. Wearing a mask can be uncomfortable while exercising. However, mask wearing in public will save lives, by decreasing person-to-person transmission, lowering hospitalizations and death particularly in populated areas.

Dwindling physical activity in the era of COVID-19

 A 12% decline in activity and 4 lbs of body fat in 8 weeks Globally, people have experienced significant reductions in physical activity since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This has been quantified by activity tracking.  As outlined in the following paragraphs, activity decline and limitations on movement could theoretically lead to a reduction…

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More intentional physical activity needed at home | Challenge 6

A call to action: be more physically active! During this time of stay-at-home orders and physical distancing related to COVID-19, it’s increasingly obvious that we need to plan, schedule and participate in more exercise activity than the 150 mins/week  currently endorsed by international organizations.  Specifically, the frequency, duration and distances related to walking activities and…