Have the recent headlines highlighting health concerns got you paranoid? Here are top practices to keep you healthy in the gym, courtesy of IDEA member Linda LaRue, RN, MEd, ATC:
Beware the Buffer. Studies show that germs from a sneezing or coughing person can travel up to 6 feet. Keep your distance from someone showing signs of impaired health.
Keep It Clean. Don’t count on all exercisers to clean equipment once they’re finished with it. Sanitize the
equipment both before and after use.
Exercise guidelines call for people with osteoporosis to avoid flexing or twisting the spine (National Osteoporosis Foundation 2015). This makes training the core a little more challenging. Planks (side and prone) and bridges are both great options, but they can get boring. The exercises below safely target the core without spinal flexion or twisting.
Stand sideways to wall, hands centered on stability ball. Arms are straight, at shoulder level. Press hands into ball, and tap each foot back (alternate).
Cellphones, computers, tablets. All of these are important tools that help you to run a successful fitness business. But technology can seep into every moment of your life and take over. Do you need to step away from email or give your smartphone a rest from time to time? Discover why you’ll be a better entrepreneur if you explore options for setting limits around technology and just say no to it some of the time.
Not everyone likes to focus on eccentric contractions, but this style of training deserves more attention because it may be a "secret weapon" for creating healthier joints and a long, lean body. Research reveals the perks for newcomers and well-trained athletes.
newsletter_teaser: Not everyone likes to focus on eccentric contractions, but this style of training deserves more attention because it may be a "secret weapon" for creating healthier joints and a long, lean body. Research reveals the perks for newcomers and well-trained athletes.
Extreme conditioning programs (ECPs) promise vastly improved fitness in relatively short periods of time, which appeals to a cross-section of the U.S. civilian and military populations.
newsletter_teaser: Extreme conditioning programs promise vastly improved fitness in relatively short periods of time, which appeals to a cross-section of exercisers. Yet many health professionals fear that these high-powered programs increase the risk of injury.
Many men struggle with inflexibility and diminished joint range of motion, especially as they age. Hip tightness, for example, can hinder athletic performance and possibly lead to various injuries. Unfortunately, stretching often takes a back seat to cardiovascular and strength training.
Whether we’re vacationing with our family or heading to the 2015 IDEA World Fitness ConventionTM with 12,000 other fitness enthusiasts, it can be challenging to stay fit when we’re on the road. Even the healthiest exercise professionals can get caught off-guard with aches, pains, stress and guilt that prevent us from having fun and functioning at our best.
If travel throws the fittest of us off track, imagine what it does to everyone else.
An Objective Eye
It can be difficult to take a step back and be objective when it comes to your own health. Katy Bowman, MS, director of the Restorative Exercise Institute in Ventura, California, and author
of Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Propriometrics Press 2014), suggests you write down