Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of Special Reports that will appear in IDEA Health & Fitness Source throughout the year. The goal of these Special Reports is to investigate timely industry issues in an impartial manner to create a dialogue among fitness professionals.
Perhaps what is most frustrating about the rising number of people with diabetes, heart disease and obesity is the fact that in many cases exercise and diet can prevent these conditions. And prevention is more cost-effective than treatment, which is why partnerships between fitness facilities and hospitals are growing.
You probably know that problems can occur when you combine different drugs or use certain drugs in conjunction with certain foods. Yet are you aware that a wide variety of commonly used drugs—including prescription, over-the-counter and herbal products—can affect your response to exercise, potentially increasing your risk of injury? Discover how to stay safe using these tips from Carol Krucoff, coauthor of Healing Moves: How to Cure, Relieve and Prevent Common Ailments With Exercise (Harmony Books, 2000).
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Consult Your Physician Before Embarking on an Exercise Program. How many times have you seen this disclosure pasted on a piece of exercise equipment or flashed on the television during an infomercial for a new exercise program or ...
Why some reactions to exercise are nothing to sneeze at.
Ever joke about clients who seem to be "allergic" to exercise? Well, it may turn out that some of them really are! Take Jay DeFinis, now aged 41, who learned that the coughing and breathlessness he regularly experienced while jogging didn't indicate poor conditioning, but, in fact, were really asthma a...
Operating Within Yo u r P r o f e s s i o n a l
"Jane Smith" is a 30-year-old female member at your health club. Although she is extremely thin, she exercises for hours at a time. Since becoming a club member, Jane has spent three hours a week with a staff personal trainer, participated in various classes six to seven days a week, used a treadmill for 45 minutes six days a week and li...
This I s Yo u r Body on Drugs
How caffeine, cold pills and other commonly used medicationscan affect the response to exercise.
Roger had a little too much to drink last night, so on his way to the gym, he pops two extrastrength aspirin for his headache and washes them down with a double espresso. Valerie's allergies are acting up, so in the gym parking lot she downs a decongestant with ...