Fitness professionals have long grappled with why some people are more motivated to exercise than
others. Currently, more than 60% of adults in the United States do not meet the Surgeon General’s recommendations for physical activity. Approximately 25% of adults aren’t active at all. But what can you learn from people who do exercise? Research published in the March–April 2004 issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, (2004; 8 , 11–14) shows that long-term exercisers stay active because of the way it makes them feel.
It’s the championship game and the competition is stiff. The coach has given his speech. It’s time to get on the field. Put on your game face!
Game face is a well-known expression in the sports arena, but it’s also applicable in the fitness profession. Consider this familiar scenario: It’s 8:00 pm. You’ve been working since 6:00 in the morning. This is your last client of the day. Are you ready to give your all?
As a fitness professional, you dedicate your career to helping other people take care of their health and wellness needs. Are you taking care of your own needs? Are you getting the vacation time you need?
Vacations can reinvigorate and renew you so that you feel better in your professional and personal life. They work best, however, when they answer a specific need. This article will help you pinpoint the kind of vacation that will best feed your mind, body and spirit.
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 ...
Rush, rush, rush. Is your life so busy that sometimes you get lost in all the chaos? Give yourself the gift of still moments so you can better enjoy the rest of your life. Here are 10 simple ways to be still from Richard Mahler’s bookStillness: Daily Gifts of Solitude.
Ever wonder about the reliability and accuracy of those pedometers that more and more walkers are sporting these days? Well, so did a group of researchers who recently compared 10 electronic pedometers and reported the findings in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2003, 35 , 1455-60).