There is good news for those who want to enjoy meditation’s benefits but who find committing to a meditation practice overwhelming. Benefits from meditating regularly can be realized in as little as 2 weeks from practicing for just 30 minutes at a time, 5 days per week.
Ideally, every exercise professional has had at least one extraordinary teacher. When you think about why that unforgettable teacher made such a lasting impression on you, do you wonder whether you can do the same for your own clients?
Paoli, A., et al. 2011. Exercising fasting or fed to enhance fat loss? Influence of food intake on respiratory ratio and excess postexercise oxygen consumption after a bout of endurance training. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 21 (1), 48–54. newsletter_teaser: As you strive to know the right mix of exercise and diet for optimal performance and weight loss, one controversy endures: Will a person burn more fat during the day by fasting in the morning prior to training or by eating a light breakfast before the workout?
According to a report in The New England Journal of Medicine (2012; 366, 130–40), about 2 million people participate in long-distance running events in the United States annually. Is the increased popularity of demanding events like marathons becoming a health hazard?
Many fitness professionals incorporate strength training routines into clients’ programs in part to incite postworkout elevated energy expenditure. But how many repetitions and sets are enough to generate extended periods of afterburn? Probably many fewer than you think.
A small study of eight young overweight males pitted the traditional 3-set strength training protocol against a 1-set program. Participants completed 1
In related news, another measure is gaining acceptance when it comes to accurately detecting body fat.
Unlike BMI, which uses height and weight to estimate body fat, the body adiposity index (BAI) does not take weight into account. Instead, it uses the following calculation: hip circumference (in centimeters) / height (in meters) (1.5) – 18. In a study published in the journal Obesity (2012; 20 , 900–903), scientists examined whether BAI is really a better body fat indicator than BMI.
Pranayama (abdominal or diaphragmatic) breathing has been shown to improve immune function, hypertension, asthma, autonomic nervous system imbalances and psychological or stress-related disorders (Jerath et al. 2006).
When all else fails, appealing to a person’s sense of vanity can often be the most powerful motivator. newsletter_teaser: When all else fails, appealing to a person’s sense of vanity can often be the most powerful motivator. We have all heard the five-a-day consumption rule on fruits and vegetables ad nauseam, but for some, the message just hasn’t penetrated.