Mind-body professionals and other fitness pros may want to offer beneficial stress reduction services to clients—especially those who are most driven to succeed. Among both men and women, people with a type A personality—characteristic of highly competitive and achievement-oriented individuals—may have a higher risk of stroke than their more relaxed and easy-going peers, according to a study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry (2012; doi: 10.1136/jnnp-2012-302420).
Studio and club owners, you may want to adopt and publicize your environmentally friendly practices as part of your efforts to promote a culture of health. As an example of how an alignment of positive energies creates a win-win dynamic, ”greener” firms are associated with higher employee productivity, according to a study published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior (2012; doi: 10.1002/job.1827). “Adopting green practices isn’t just good for the environment. It’s good for your employees, and it’s good for your bottom line.
To educate the public about the safety and usefulness of yoga, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has posted a video that features research on the science of yoga and some of its benefits. Josephine P. Briggs, MD, director of NCCAM, said, “What we’re seeing from our researchers—through the application of rigorous scientific methods—is evidence suggesting that yoga may help people manage certain symptoms while it may not help with others.
Research continues to substantiate the value of tai chi as a form of moderate exercise for people with chronic diseases. Scientists have now found that adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are among those who may benefit.
Do you train clients outdoors? You may want to head for verdant forests and lush, grassy settings to boost participants’ mood and energy levels. Being exposed to the color green may be one reason why exercising in nature, also referred to as green exercise, produces physical and mental rewards beyond those that come from exercise alone. Studies have shown that green exercise improves mood, self-esteem, enjoyment and motivation.