Let’s face it. Although humans are creatures of habit, if we don’t make exercise fun and mix it up every once in a while we are not going to stick with it. One way to keep workouts fresh and fun is to develop unique programming that cannot be found elsewhere. Freshen up your tool box and get creative class ideas at the IDEA World Fitness Convention™ August 7-11 in Los Angeles. There are loads of orignial sessions from which you can cull class ideas. Here are a few examples:
Have you kept up with IDEA FitFeed? It is a great tool fitness professionals can use to keep up on the latest health and fitness news from around the world. In the past week FitFeed has included articles ranging from topics such as Ways to Make Running Fun to Top Superfoods for Healthy Weight Loss. These headlines are generated from news articles being shared across the web by fit pros. If you are just joining us, you can catch up on last week’s top stories here.
The U.S. population is aging, which makes now the perfect time for fitness professionals to learn more about training older adults. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2050, one in every five Americans will be considered a senior. The U.S. Census Bureau also predicts that between now and 2030, the 65 and older population will grow an average of 2.8% annually.
The efforts of the IDEA World Fitness Award finalists start at home but, like ripples from a stone thrown in a pond, their actions fan across the globe. Their passion for spreading the health and fitness message to clients—and the world at large—motivates them every day.
Please join us in celebrating the careers of those shortlisted for 2013 IDEA Program Director of the Year, 2013 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year and 2013 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year. (Check the July–August issue of IDEA Fitness Journal for an announcement of the recipients.)
Borne out of a combination of necessity—everyone is busy—and a desire to improve effectiveness—research shows it works—short, intense workouts seem all the rage these days. Tabata, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), high-intensity circuit training (HICT), or whatever you want to call it, fitness enthusiasts are clamoring to participate in this next phase in fitness.
Sometimes when you’re out there trying to inspire the rest of the world to fitness and wellness, you neglect taking care of business “at home.” We know you can relate to this because we’ve had this conversation with many of you time and again over the years. The cobbler’s children are the last to get shoes, as the old saying goes.
Industry educational conferences offer a wealth of opportunities for training and networking, but if you’re looking for even greater value, you’ll be grateful for these tips on shaving a few bucks from your next conference bill. We asked IDEA Facebook fans for their best advice on not breaking the bank at conventions and trade shows; here’s a summary of their savviest advice:
As we round the corner toward summertime, thoughts of leisurely vacations often drift through the mind. If you’re like most travelers, exercise is probably not on the itinerary. But don’t let your travel plans derail your fitness efforts.
Jade Teta, ND, CSCS, co-founder of Metabolic Effect and co-author of The Metabolic Effect Diet, explains that whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, there’s always time for a workout.