Ed Downs is a fifth-degree black belt, a U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee, an ACE-certified Personal Trainer and a more-than-20-year fitness industry veteran. He has spent much of his career working with professional athletes from a variety of sports, many of whom have trained at his TERF Athletic Facility in Miami. The creator of PROTERF train- ing, Downs has successfully developed and patented the Downs Disc, which he uses in client training programs.
Urge your clients to cultivate work-life balance. Working too long and too hard increases the risk of depression, according to a study conducted at the Kyoto University School of Public Health in Kyoto, Japan.
Among 218 clerical workers, those who worked more than 60 hours per week and had too much work were 15 times more likely to suffer from depression when reevaluated after 1-3 years than workers with less stressful schedules. The study authors suggested that feeling overworked combined with long works hours could be considered a risk factor for depression.
The secret to getting fit may simply involve a bit of teamwork. According to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2009; 36 , 133–41), workplace goal setting helped motivate employees to improve their health and fitness standards.
While it seems logical that fruit and vegetable consumption would enhance our chances of living a longer life, few large cohort studies have officially investigated the association. The scant experiments that exist have produced inconsistent results, say authors of a study published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition [2013, 98 (2), 454-59].
Most of us think we’d be healthier if only we had the mental strength to make the right choices. New research suggests, however, that in the effort to change, habits may be more important than willpower.
Your older clients are no doubt interested in complementing a fit body with a fit mind. Well, new study evidence suggests they can slow cognitive impairment by playing a few hours of “brain fit” video games designed to speed up and improve mental processing.
As the human brain ages, its executive function skills—which include perception, attention, memory, abstract thinking and problem solving—tend to diminish. Since many of us are living longer lives, scientists are motivated to identify ways to prevent this loss.
A lot of focus is placed on improving physical wellness, but mental wellness doesn’t always receive equal emphasis. To address this issue, Daniel J. Siegel, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine and founder of the Mindsight Institute, and David Rock, founder of the Neuroleadership Institute, have created “The Healthy Mind Platter,” a pictorial example of activities that can help people cultivate optimum mental health.
Catherine Towers forked over $1,000 for a physician-supervised “detox.” “I felt that I needed a drastic change,” says Towers, a brand-marketing consultant in New York City. “Slow weight loss from trying to eat better is uninspiring, so a detox plan was more appealing.”
Americans love to center holidays around food and Independence Day is no exception.
Whether your plans include camping, a neighborhood barbeque or community festivities, you can bet that there will be plenty of grilled, fried and sugar-laden treats. As with any holiday, the key is to be mindful of your consumption—taste a little of everything, but balance it out with activities.