Water Exercise for Seniors Improves Living on Land
BY M ARY E. SANDERS, M S
Why aquatic fitness programs help older adults exercise in a safe environment.
Research shows that physical activity plays an important role in maintaining health into older adulthood. And among older adults themselves, exercise has been linked to reductions in premature mortality, functional decline, disability and...
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Many preteen and teen girls struggle with negative body image, eating disorders and inactivity. How can you foster self-esteem in girls and encourage them to lead healthy lives? Fitness writer April Durrett suggests ways you can help girls incorporate fitness and self-esteem-building activities into their lives.
1. Recognize That Many...
The Building Blocks of Sports Nutrition
What your athlete clients need to know to improve their performance in different types of sports.
The good news is that a growing number of fitness clients are seeking to improve their sports performance by improving their diet. The bad news is that many of these professional and amateur athletes then fall prey to the dreaded "three Ms": myths, misinf...
By Michael Youssouff, MA, and Fran Sachs-Rojas, CSW Having a selection of practical communication tools and training techniques in your repetoire can help you coach this special population to success.
Motivating Clients With Chronic Conditions
As a personal fitness trainer, you understand the importance of following specific training guidelines and avoiding any contraindications ...
Exercise design and programming considerations for individuals living with common conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, stroke and cerebral palsy.
Working With Clients With Neuromuscular Conditions
Traditionally, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other medically based professionals were considered the only professionals qualified to address the needs of people living with physic...
Exercise and Substance Abuse
Programming recommendations and exercise considerations for clients in rehabilitation programs.
BY DEBORAH GOEMANS TURNER AND RONALD J. DOUGHERTY, MD
It is well known that individuals addicted to alcohol and other substances often suffer from low selfesteem and high levels of depression and anxiety. There is also much evidence that exercise can mitigate the...
Intergenerational fitness programs-- BY APRIL DURRETT programs that engage persons of different generations in a fitness activity--serve many purposes. They increase the fitness levels of seniors and the aging baby boom generation and provide an opportunity for parents and children to bond while exercising together. Perhaps more important, they bridge the age...
Heidi M. Weingart, MA, and Len Kravitz, PhD
Resistance Training and Bone Mass
esearch has begun to emphasize the potential benefits of adding resistance training to an exercise regimen, especially for elderly persons. Among the benefits for seniors are improved strength, bone mineral density and daily living performance, which can raise independence for this population while low...
Expert tips on maintaining health and fitness
Supplements for Older Adults
f you are between the ages of 50 and 70 and want to maximize your health, follow these vitamin and mineral recommendations from nutrition expert Jane Pentz, PhD, owner of Lifestyle Management Associates in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Of course, it is important to check with your doctor as this informa...
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GOLF FITNESS SCORES HOLE IN ONE
The accomplishments of Tiger Woods have inspired nongolfers to take up the game and propelled seasoned golfers to increase their physical fitness in hopes of improving their performance. Fitness facilities are meeting the needs of both groups by offering occasional or ongoing golf fitness classes and workshops. Jacquie Fugate has taugh...