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.
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 ...
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).
When was the last time you heard a toddler say she couldn’t come out to play because she was having a bad hair day? How many young kids do you know who’ll refuse an ice-cream cone because they want to squeeze into their “skinny jeans”?
There have been several new developments in the ongoing hormone replacement therapy (HRT) debate:
A recent study found that estrogen-progestin medications can cause an aggressive form of breast cancer and may make tumors more difficult to detect (June 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association [JAMA]).