Many fitness facility members look to group fitness instructors for cues on how to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle. However, these role models may have—or be at an increased risk for—eating disorders, body dissatisfaction and compulsive exercise.
Fitness facility managers, you may want to think before outfitting your group exercise room with floor-to-ceiling mirrors on the wall: Doing so may lead your members to bemoan that they are not the fairest of them all.
The dangers of sedentary living are making headlines, and government entities are taking notice. Political ideology has its place, but execution is even better. Here’s an update on health- and fitness-related legislative action and advocacy.
If you’ve noticed recently that some of your clients are looking a little “nipped and tucked,” it’s probably not your imagination. According to
researchers reporting in American Demographics, more and more people—especially minorities—are opting for or would like to have some type of
When was the last time you heard a toddler say she couldn’t come out to play because she was having a bad hair day? How many young kids do you know who’ll refuse an ice-cream cone because they want to squeeze into their “skinny jeans”?
Although many people have adopted a vegetarian diet as part of an overall healthy lifestyle, this kind of diet may actually be a marker for detecting eating disorders in some populations, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. The subjects of this research, conducted at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, were female college students, a subpopulation considered at risk for weight preoccupation.
F o s t e r H e a l t h y B o d y I m a g e i n Yo u r C h i l d
short-term diets can lead to disordered eating. Explain that maintaining a healthy weight is a lifelong process and any weight that takes a superhuman effort to maintain is probably not a healthy weight. Serve as a role model yourself by conveying a balanced attitude toward food and by not dieting. 4 Legalize All Food...
As a writer of promotional material for fitness professionals, I was recently asked to consult on an advertisement for a chain of fitness clubs. The ad’s headline referred to shedding pounds, and below that was a photo of a super-slim woman—captured from midriff to mid-thigh—wearing only a bikini bottom and a tape measure around her waist.
By Ralph La Forge, MS
Fibromyalgia and Exercise Intensity Exercise and Bulimia Mind, Body and Immunity
Fibromyalgia and Exercise Intensity Van Santen, M., et al. 2002. High- or low-intensity aerobic fitness training in fibromyalgia: Does it matter? Journal of Rheumatology, 29 (3), 582-7. Study. In the Netherlands, physician researchers at the University of Limberg at Maastricht compare...