When meeting with potential clients, fitness professionals often talk up the psychological benefits of exercise. A recent study of 40,401 Norwegians confirms that exercise “staves off depression,” but there is a caveat.
You are vigilant when working with your asthmatic weight loss clients during sessions. But how do you ensure their safety when they exercise solo? As an asthmatic and a personal trainer, I understand the challenge of exercising without triggering my asthma. Keeping weight under control is extremely important to overall health, especially for asthmatics. According to the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, “The excess weight you carry compresses your lungs, limiting how much air you can breathe in and narrowing your airways.” How do we overcome this challenge?
Rhythmic music offered by trained music therapists may help stroke patients restore mobility, according to a review published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2010; 7, doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD006 787.pub2). Researchers from Temple University in Philadelphia, the University of Louisville in Kentucky and the Wolfson Neurorehabilitation Centre in London conducted a research review of randomized and quasirandomized controlled trials that compared the effects of music therapy interventions and standard care with those of standard care alone or other therapies.
The term orthorexia nervosa (ON), referring to an obsession with dietary virtue, has become increasingly common since it was coined just over 10 years ago. Steven Bratman, MD, initially introduced the term in an article in the October 1997 issue of Yoga Journal, as a somewhat “tongue in cheek” way of describing an unhealthy obsession with healthful eating (Bratman 1997; Mathieu 2005).
Answer: It can be difficult to muster up the energy and motivation to exercise if you’re nauseous, vomiting or suffering from diarrhea—and for good reason. It’s best to rest and recover if you’re experiencing an onset of gastrointestinal (GI) problems. If you decide to ignore the symptoms, the stress of exercise may actually prolong the illness or let it progress to something worse. Also keep in mind that GI problems often disrupt your usual eating routine and hydration status, making it more difficult for you to perform at your best.
As you begin this third part of our phase-one programming for breast cancer survivors, it’s critical to acknowledge the importance of parts one and two of the program; to adhere to the goals of each part; and to honor your client’s readiness to progress. There is no definite time frame allotted for each part—it truly depends on the client’s success and comfort level.newsletter_teaser: As you begin this third part of our phase-one programming for breast cancer survivors, it’s critical to acknowledge the importance of parts one and two of the program; to adhere to the goals of each part; and to honor your client’s readiness to progress.
Fibromyalgia is a potentially debilitating condition that affects about 2% of the population (www.mayoclinic.com/health/fibromyalgia/DS00079). More common in women than men, the disease is described by the Mayo Clinic as a “chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in . . . muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points.” The combination of fatigue, pain and tenderness can be exercise prohibitive.