At any given time, over 100 million Americans are on a diet (MarketResearch .com 2014). That’s about a third of the U.S. population. Despite the hundreds of best- seller diet books and the $60-plus billion Americans spend trying to lose weight each year (Marketdata Enterprises 2014), permanent weight loss remains elusive for most. Even so, dozens of diets remain on the market, each with ardent followers and outspoken opponents.
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Do your clients struggle to stay motivated during exercise sessions? New research has presented a technique that just might help.
Called “attention narrowing,” the technique involves keeping visual focus on a specific target, such as a finish line, instead of taking in all the sights along the way. This may not seem novel—athletes often “keep their eyes on the prize” during competition— but researchers who recently studied this topic believe that visual focusing can help everyday exercisers stay on track as well.
The new year is under way, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cash in on the top new trends in fitness. ACE expert Pete McCall, MS, shares some of the organization’s theories about what’s hot in fitness in 2015:
If you regularly take herbals and dietary supplements, it may be time to reevaluate why you take them and what the potential cost to your health could be. New research published in Hepatology (doi: 10.1002/hep.27317),
a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, shows that liver injury caused by herbals and dietary supplements increased from 7% to 20% in a U.S. study group over a 10-year period.
Should your clients take them, or shouldn’t they? Supplements, that is.
One day the news media are report- ing that dietary supplements don’t pre- vent disease and may actually threaten our health; the next day another study says that supplements can help to thwart disease or can fill nutrient gaps in our diets. What should health and fitness professionals tell clients when asked about supplements?
Do your kids fall short of achieving the recommended 60 minutes of daily exercise? Though the weather may be turning cold (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere), researchers suggest that sending children outside to play may boost weekly activity levels. Just make sure you keep kids bundled up!
Only a few short years ago, the obstacle race landscape was quite barren, with just a few organizers hosting events in 2009 and 2010. According to a new report, more than 100 companies have now entered the obstacle course business, and all signs point to continued growth.
In the past few issues, IDEA Fitness Journal has reported on the link between exercise and scholastic performance. A study published in the Recreational Sports Journal (2014; 38 , 14–22) looks specifically at the important role that fitness facility membership plays in academic success at the college level.