For years, physicians and medical organizations have been espousing the benefits of annual mammograms as one way women can take charge of their health. Then in October 2001, an article in the British journal Lancet questioned whether this breast-screening technique had any impact on breast cancer deaths. This report spurred months of controversy within the medical community and led to much confusion among women.
A new study indicates that older women who consume too much vitamin A may increase their risk of hip fracture. Researchers found that women with the highest total intake of vitamin A, from both fortified food and multivitamin supplements, had double the risk of hip fracture compared to women with the lowest intake. The study appeared in the January 2, 2002, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
February 2002 idea health & fitness sourceDoes my BMI really matter? Will I be able to lose the weight I gained during my pregnancy? How do I know if the supplements I’m taking really do what the packaging says they will do?
For many women, menopause is uncomfortable. Drops in estrogen levels can trigger mood swings, hot flashes, weight gain, sleep loss or fatigue. Menopause is also associated with an increased risk for osteoporosis and heart disease. The good news? Research shows that exercise can help. Karen Bram, a fitness professional in Gainesville, Florida, lists some good reasons to work out during this life stage and offers tips on how to approach an exercise program.
If your female baby boomer clients are interested in raising their resting metabolic rate (RMR) and lowering their percent body fat, let them know that habitual physical activity may be just what they need.
By Carrie Myers Smith
Postmastectomy clientele need personal trainer expertise and specific exercises to restore their vital function and reinforce self-confidence.
ccording to the American Cancer Society, this year an estimated 192,000 women will be diagnosed with new cases of breast cancer. Almost all of these women will undergo some form of breast surg...
Expert tips on maintaining health and fitness
Strength Training for Women
decade ago most women did not strength train. Today, however, many women have discovered its benefits. Here Patty S. Freedson, PhD, graduate program director in the Exercise Science Department at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, answers commonly asked questions women have about resistance trainin...
BY JESSICA SMITH, ME
How to encourage safe and effective resistance exercise in all your female clients.
Strength Training for Women
It is no secret that strength training is one of the most popular activities in fitness facilities today. According to one estimate by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, the number of adults training with weights has increased by 75 perc...