It’s bound to happen. After months of enjoying strength gains, weight loss and the wonderful feeling of growing more flexible, you suddenly feel stuck. All the exciting changes have come to a halt, and you feel frustrated and discouraged. Your great new exercise habits are in danger of lapsing into good intentions. What’s going on?
Today’s older adults are a frisky and diversified bunch, according to a recent poll conducted by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. Here’s a look at the most popular sports and athletic activities (based on participation frequency) among Americans 55 and older, for the year 2002:
Walking Intensity and Bone Mineral Density
Fogleman, K.M., Borer, K.T., & Sowers, M.R. 2003. Walking intensity stimulates increases in BMD in post-menopausal women. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 35 (5, Supplement), Abstract 95.
Menopause is often associated with a loss in bone mineral density (BMD). Although exercise has been shown to increase BMD in postmenopausal women, the exact mechanism is presently unclear, as are the intensity and types of exercise that will elicit this response.
Training Among the Tulips
Encourage clients to pick up a trowel and try this garden workout.
I have a brown thumb. So I was a little concerned when I began working with Jolene Dodson nearly two years ago. When she hired me she had just joined Weight Watchers and wanted to start an exercise program. She weighed close to 300 pounds and didn't feel comfortable exercising at the gym. ...
25% of all trips are 1 mile or less. 75% of all trips are made by car.
Source: 1995 National Transportation Survey.
Toward a Fit Population
Move Into the Future by Inspiring the World to Fitness
By Kathie and Peter Davis
t began with a simple idea: Start a running club at the elementary school your own kids attend. Two years ago Miriam DeGrandi used her 15 years' ex...
The Great Diet Debate
Will you choose more bread or more fish?
By Amy Paturel, MS, MPH
For more than two decades, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has gone to great lengths to convince Americans of the benefits of consuming a diet that favors carbohydrates. Now the USDA's Food Guide Pyramid is under attack by physicians, researchers and consumers alike. In fact, recent scientific findings...