The first step is to create an awareness of what good posture feels like. I use a technique I call “sit talls.” Clients sit in a chair or on a bench in a relaxed position (but without leaning back), and place the fingertips of both hands on either side of their rectus abdominis. Then I say, “Imagine that if you could make yourself 3 inches taller, you would win $50 million” (or some other “ultra bribe”). Clients sit much taller and straighter. I make sure they keep their head level and continue to breathe normally.
Do you have clients with severe osteoarthritis (OA) who want to improve their strength and function? You may want to encourage them to exercise in the pool, according to a study from the December 2003 issue of the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (vol. 62, pp. 1162-7). This study’s findings indicate that people with OA can exercise at much higher intensities than popularly believed.
Proper screening and risk stratification of clients who are starting exercise programs is important for promoting exercise safety and preventing adverse events during exercise. Personal fitness trainers (PFTs) must be able to utilize the proper tools and understand the information gathered from the preexercise screening. Components of this screening include the health history questionnaire (HHQ); physical activity readiness questionnaire (PAR-Q); risk stratification; and informed consent.
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Ever wonder about the reliability and accuracy of those pedometers that more and more walkers are sporting these days? Well, so did a group of researchers who recently compared 10 electronic pedometers and reported the findings in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2003, 35 , 1455-60).
After reading this article, readers should be able to:
Identify the three main elements of mind-body training.
List five specific ideas for integrating mind-body training into program design.
Discuss various approaches for enhancing clients’ exercise experience by helping them become more mindful participants.
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