The best fitness advice that I have received is: Don’t be afraid to be creative. I was nearing the end of my education in the fitness field. The advice was just what I needed before returning to my hometown to start training a full client list. I was at a “hands-on” retreat to get practical experi- ence in training.
Fitness professionals expend considerable energy helping people to lose weight, but there’s another way to view this challenge: What are the main factors that cause people to gain weight?
Research shows that two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese (Ogden et al. 2014), a health condition associated with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression and various cancers (breast, endometrial, colon and prostate) (Malik, Schultz
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
In certain circumstances—for example, when preparing for an endurance event—pacing is a necessary component of safe training. But some protocols may call for the opposite, requiring clients to generate as much strength or power as possible for a shorter period of time. Researchers believe they’ve developed a tool to help females give more during the workout.
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.
A new study involving more than 11,000 people has added to the growing body of evidence that regular exercise can reduce depressive symptoms, suggesting it may even provide a preventive benefit. People who were active three times per week reduced the odds of being depressed by 16%, according to findings in JAMA Psychiatry (2014; doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.1240).
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.
Mind-body techniques that can help with chronic-pain management may be valuable for former military personnel. Forty-four percent of all American veterans returning from Afghanistan or Iraq suffer from chronic pain (pain lasting 90 days or more), meaning it is twice as common among vets as it is among nonmilitary personnel, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine (2014; 174 ; 1400–1401; doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.2726).