Kidney disease patients looking to improve quality of life and longevity should pick up a set of dumbbells, suggests a recent study. The authors of the study, published in the December issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (2010; 5 , 2258–68), measured mid-arm muscle circumference in 792 dialysis patients. During the study period the patients with the highest mid-arm circumference were 37% less likely to die than those with the lowest circumference.
Tai chi may be a useful treatment for fibromyalgia, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine (2010; 363, 743–54). Medical professionals recommend exercise for those with fibromyalgia; however, many sufferers live with chronic pain and are aerobically unfit, with little muscular strength and poor flexibility.newsletter_teaser: Tai chi may be a useful treatment for fibromyalgia, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine (2010; 363, 743–54). Medical professionals recommend exercise for those with fibromyalgia; however, many sufferers live with chronic pain and are aerobically unfit, with little muscular strength and poor flexibility.
’Tis the season for sniffles, sore throats, coughs and headaches. Fear not, suggests a recent study. According to one researcher from Appalachian State University, it may be possible to ward off those winter woes with regular exercise. Published online, November 1, in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2010.077875), the study analyzed daily logs of more than 1,000 individuals aged 18–85 for 12 weeks during fall and winter months.
According to the National Cancer Institute, 43,470 new cases of endometrial cancer were reported in 2010 in the United States. In the same year, 7,950 women fell victim to the cancer, which develops on the tissue lining of the uterus. Findings presented at the Ninth Annual American Association for Cancer Research “Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research” Conference suggest that regular exercise may reduce the risk of developing the disease.
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.