Youth are flocking to fitness classes as parents face concerns over inactivity, obesity, sports injuries and performance. Instructors are learning to cater to the vast needs of this market, and it can be difficult to create a safe environment where all children can participate, get results and have a good time. While challenges will always exist in group classes, some simple strategies, particularly during the first few minutes, can turn frustration into fun.
Engagement and Physical Literacy
Have you thought about throwing your hat into the corporate wellness ring? Perhaps now is the right time to get involved.
According to the research company IBISWorld, the U.S. gross domestic
product is expected to rise 3.9% per year over the next few years. That means corporations could be allocating extra funding toward health and wellness program- ming, suggests the research organization. IBISWorld believes that, as a result, the corporate fitness and wellness industry will see marked financial growth. Here’s
a rundown of the findings:
Some of us call it “afterburn”—the elevated calorie burning that lasts long after exercise is over. The scientific literature defines it as excess postexercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC (see Figure 1).
For the most part, EPOC represents the body restoring itself from physiological variables elevated by exercise. EPOC is an important physiological phenomenon for fitness professionals because it can play a contributing role in weight management.
Fitness professionals who publish their own works can gain an extra reputation boost and, in turn, see significant business increases. From traditional printed publications (journals and books) to the digital press (blogs and e-zines), what format you publish has come to be as important as what you publish. The newest format to see a significant increase in popularity is electronic books, or e-books. E-books combine the best of both the printed world and the digital world.newsletter_teaser: Fitness professionals who publish their own works can gain an extra reputation boost and, in turn, see significant business increases.
We’ve seen many activity trends come and go in the fitness industry, but perhaps none quite as “dirty” as the current obsession with mud runs and obstacle races. While some events are milder than others, many could be described as an “ordeal” that also happens to be a workout. For example, you might find yourself slopping through mud, scaling impossibly high verticals and pushing yourself to the limit—physically and mentally.
Some competitors arrive at these rugged, strenuous competitions woefully unprepared and quickly get in over their heads.
newsletter_teaser: We’ve seen lots of activity trends come and go, but perhaps none as “dirty” as the current obsession with mud races. Many events could be described as an “ordeal” that also happens to be a workout. Some competitors are woefully unprepared and get in over their heads. They need our help.
At Danser Studio in Tucson, Arizona, members get into the groove with the POUND Rockout. Workout.™; a full-body cardio-jam session that combines simulated drumming with Pilates, isometric movements and plyometric and yoga-based poses.
High-intensity interval training has been riding a wave of popularity, and it seems everyone wants to give it a try. However, intense interval training is nothing new. Group fitness instructors have been teaching HIIT for a long time. Fartlek training, for example, was big in the 1970s. The 1980s brought us high-impact classes, and the 1990s introduced indoor cycling (think repeat hill training). HIIT is a fantastic workout and an effective way to train energy systems; build muscle; lose weight; enhance strength, power and agility; and prevent adaptation.
Researchers believe they may have honed in on a fountain of youth, and it could be all in our heads. According to a new study, people who “feel” younger live longer.
The researchers asked 6,489 individuals, aged 52 and older, a simple question: “How old do you feel you are?” Then they compared responses with actual ages, all-cause mortality rates and deaths from cancer and cardiovascular disease during a 99-month follow-up.
It’s 11:00 pm and cold outside. Mary taps her wrist and sees she is 1,000 steps short of her daily goal. For the last month she has been diligent about hitting her daily activity target. Even though her knee hurts and her body feels drained, she puts on warm clothes and goes for a late-night stroll around her neighborhood.