In 490 BC the ancient Greek hero Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Athens to announce the Greeks’ victory over Persia in the Battle of Marathon. When the modern Olympic Games began in Athens in 1896, a running race named after the Greek town of Marathon was introduced to commemorate Pheidippides’ legendary run. Now there are more than 300 marathons just in the United States each year, with hundreds of thousands of people running them. Chances are that one or two of your clients want to do one. So how do you train them for a marathon?
We’ve known for some time that psychological distress increases the risk of heart attack and other heart
issues. But how does this happen? Is it because people smoke more or don’t exercise enough when they are stressed-out? Or is it because stress can trigger unhealthy physical processes, such as inflammation and hypertension?
People with type 2 diabetes who have higher-than-average blood sugar levels for over 2–3 months also have lower brain function, according to the Memory in Diabetes (MIND) study published in Diabetes Care (2009; 32 ; 221–26). Researchers used data from the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) trial,
a study of 10,251 people with type 2 diabetes and high risk for heart disease. Investigators found
If you have an iPhone, it might be time to give it a healthy upgrade. iTMP Technology Inc., a hardware and software developer for iPhone, has created new technology that allows the iPhone or iPod touch to act as a heart rate and fitness activity monitor. Dubbed SMHEART LINK™, the device acts as a “wireless bridge that collects data from distributed health and fitness sensors such as heart rate monitors and cycling sensors and sends it to the iPhone via Wi-Fi.” Users can then upload collected information onto various health and fitness tracking websites.
As the popularity of Nintendo’s exergaming console Wii continues to rise, tales of Wii-
related chronic and acute injuries follow suit. While no hard research has been produced, an Internet search details incidences of black eyes from wayward controllers, elbow tendonitis and even knee dislocations. Help your clients avoid injury with safety tips from tech-savvy IDEA
author and presenter Biray Alsac, MS.
Time constraints and financial burdens have led consumers to search for cost-
effective and efficient methods for achieving health and fitness goals. One modality creating interest is high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE) training, which calls for short bursts of intense output followed by short periods of rest or active rest. But are these types of programs effective or simply a trend?