As a personal trainer, you probably know that exercise has been shown to increase bone strength, as measured by bone mineral density (BMD), in people of all ages. But did you know that the degree to which exercise improves BMD depends on a variety of factors, including age, reproductive hormone status, nutritional status and the nature of the exercise?
According to “Boomer Coalition Reality Check: When Boomer Optimism Becomes Denial,” a new survey conducted by RoperASW on behalf of the Boomer Coalition and the American Heart Association, Baby Boomers in the United States are very aware of cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately this knowledge is not spurring them to take action to combat the disease. For example:
Only 47% of survey respondents eat a
healthy diet each day.
Only 55% exercise more than three
times each week.
If your older clients ate as much healthy food as they wanted, would they still lose weight? Possibly, according to a study in the January 26, 2004, issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine that examined 34 older men and women with impaired glucose tolerance.
On February 19 the U.S. government charged four San Francisco Bay Area men—including Greg Anderson, the personal trainer for San Francisco Giants baseball star Barry Bonds—with conspiracy to distribute an array of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs to dozens of athletes from Major League Baseball, the National Football League and track and field sports.
How many times have you heard clients complain about chronic pain in their wrists or hands when performing a certain exercise? Chances are, a majority of these complaints are coming from people diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health, 3 out of every 10,000 workers lost time from work in 1998 because of CTS (NINDS 2004). Half of these workers missed more than 10 days of work due to the condition.
Now I Lay Me
By Susan B. Sterling, EdD, & Crystal Quintana
Down to Sleep . . .
If you're working toward better health and athletic performance, make sleep as important a priority as diet or exercise.
Do you have difficulty falling asleep at night? Once you get to sleep, do you wake up frequently? Do you feel lethargic in the morning? Are you drowsy by mid afternoon and unable ...
Personalizing Postrehab Programs
With the medical community, consumers and even insurance companies recognizing the benefit of exercise conditioning after an injury, postrehab fitness programs are on the rise. According to the 2003 IDEA Programs & Equipment Survey, 48 percent of participating fitness facilities and personal training gyms now offer this type of programming, up from 38 percent in 1997 (October 2003 IDEA Fitness Manager).
Here’s yet another reason to encourage children to play sports: A new survey found that the odds of being physically active during free time are significantly higher for adults who participated in organized sports as a child.