The Internet offers plenty of opportunity to share helpful, positive content. However, it’s also a hotbed of negativity, especially when it comes to discussions on weight.
A study facilitated by researchers at the National Institutes of Health in Rockville, Maryland, wanted to understand the types of conversations that are taking place on this subject. Using a commercial Web-crawling tool, the investigators explored popular social media sites and pulled posts that included fat, obese/obesity and/or overweight. The process lasted 60 days and culminated in 1.37 million posts.
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.
It’s interesting to think that in a world where crowdsourcing didn’t formally exist in the vernacular less than a decade ago, we are applying the practice these days to keep tabs on our eating, among other things.
We all like to assume that we’re rational, logical beings who make well-considered decisions based on a careful review of all the available evidence. But in the groundbreaking book Switch (Crown 2010), authors and brothers Chip and Dan Heath liken the relationship of the right brain and the left brain to that of an elephant and the person riding it. The powerful, potentially unreliable elephant is the emotional, intuitive right brain.
newsletter_teaser: We all like to assume that we’re rational, logical beings who make well-considered decisions based on a careful review of all the available evidence. But in the groundbreaking book Switch (Crown 2010), authors and brothers Chip and Dan Heath liken the relationship of the right brain and the left brain to that of an elephant and the person riding it. The powerful, potentially unreliable elephant is the emotional, intuitive right brain.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that individuals achieve at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. Duration can be shorter if the intensity is vigorous. However, a recent report from York University’s School of Health in Toronto suggests that many people think they are exercising more intensely than they actually are.
Many athletes like to “psyche up” as part of their precompetition ritual, but does this really make a difference? And is one psyching-up method more effective than another? According to new research, imagery—visualizing oneself performing a task to the best of one’s ability—seems to be the most effective approach, at least for running sports.
Plank Hold Daily Challenge The goal. Hold a plank position for as long as possible. The rules. Maintain technique according to these guidelines:
knees off the ground elbows on the mat directly under shoulders core braced and engaged—imaginary line can be drawn from ankles to shoulders
The feedback system. Keep score with measurable data, providing scalable achievements so there is room for improvement. Total time (seconds) of the plank hold: newsletter_teaser: Check out this great article from the IDEA Online Library, and find out what video games teach us about motivating clients.
Tough clients. Every fitness professional’s got them. You know, the ones who make you gnash your teeth, bite your tongue and think, “What is wrong with you? Why can’t you follow simple instructions or do what’s good for you?” Don’t take it personally. Pharmaceutical companies and physicians are gnashing their teeth as well. Too many medical patients are not taking their pills.