No doubt personal trainers were surprised and confused after learning about a recent Annals of Internal Medicine study challenging the long-held association between saturated-fat intake and heart disease. Some media reports pounced on the study results, essentially giving green-light messages to eat more red meats and butter.
Obesity, heart disease and diabetes rates in the U.S. are among the world’s highest. Why? Well, one big reason for our collective girths is that over the past few decades the average American eating lifestyle has degraded into the Standard American Diet—stuffed with nutritionally degraded packaged foods and highly processed meats, and woefully short on whole foods such as fruits, legumes and vegetables.
Should your clients take them, or shouldn’t they? Supplements, that is.
One day the news media are report- ing that dietary supplements don’t pre- vent disease and may actually threaten our health; the next day another study says that supplements can help to thwart disease or can fill nutrient gaps in our diets. What should health and fitness professionals tell clients when asked about supplements?
Fat may seem like the enemy of civilized people—especially sedentary ones. Yet we cannot live without it.
Fat plays a key role in the structure and flexibility of cell membranes, and it helps regulate the movement of substances through those membranes. Special types of fat, known as eicosanoids, send hormone-like signals that exert intricate control over many bodily systems, mostly those affecting inflammation or immune function.
If clients could meaningfully impact ingrained eating behavior by subtly fine-tuning their thinking patterns about exercise, would you try to help them do that? Consider these new findings from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab as an opportunity to move people in the right direction.
Lately, several research reports have shone an unfavorable spotlight on the impact of prolonged sitting on health and mortality rates.
A new study from the American Cancer Society, The Cooper Institute and the University of Texas suggests that while extended bouts of sitting can lead to health problems, regular exercise may soften the impact.
Various organizations suggest engaging in physical activity for specific amounts of time in order to improve health markers. According to the Danish Diet, Cancer and Health cohort, participation in leisure-time activity—regardless of amount of time spent—may improve mortality rates.
Studies have shown that students who are physically active tend to test better academically. Recently, researchers from the University of Madrid tested for possible associations between certain types of physical fitness—motor ability, cardiorespiratory capacity and strength—and scholastic performance.
Studies have shown that seated desk work can have negative health and mobility repercussions as we age. A new study suggests that physically demanding jobs can also impact function later in life.
The study included 5,200 public sector employees participating in the Finnish Longitudinal Study on Municipal Employees. The primary purpose of the study was to understand the impact of leisure-time physical activity (LPA) and occupational physical activity (OPA) on mobility limitations among older adults.
According to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, health- and fitness-related self-monitoring is a popular practice among U.S. adults.
The survey, which included data from 3,014 respondents nationwide, found that 69% of adults use some form of tracking for themselves or someone they love.
Here are a few other survey tidbits: