By Debra Wein, MS, RD
Does Soy Impact Breast Cancer?
n the February 2000 "Research Update" column I discussed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA 1999) authorization of a food labeling health claim that associates a diet high in soy protein with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease. Currently, companies with products low in saturated fat, low in cholesterol and cont...
industry watch: program trends
MOMS + BABIES = REVENUE + RETENTION
After longtime group fitness students give birth, they want to return to classes but often don't feel comfortable leaving their babies in day care. On the other hand, new mothers who haven't exercised much prepregnancy may now be motivated to become active. Fitness facilities are capturing both these markets through innovative mom-...
Working Out Through Menopause
How exercise can prevent or relieve some of the primary and secondary effects of menopause.
For many women, menopause is an uncomfortable time. Drops in estrogen levels can trigger mood swings, hot flashes, weight gain, sleep loss and fatigue. On an even more serious level, menopause is associated with an increased risk for osteoporosis and heart disease...
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Eating Disorders and Pregnancy
regnancy can be a very special time, but if you have an eating disorder (whether or not you are in recovery), you need to be careful. Here, from perinatal fitness expert Carrie Myers Smith, are answers to some important questions you may have: 1 Which Eating Disorders Are Seen in Pregnant Women? The two most commo...
The ultimate goal of
pregnancy is a positive outcome--that is, a healthy mother and child. One way fitness professionals can help pregnant women ensure a positive outcome is to encourage them to exercise. Over the last few decades, researchers have established not only that exercise during pregnancy is safe, but also that it promotes the health and well-being of both the infant and the mother. ...
According to the National Stroke Association, 425,000 women in the United States suffer a stroke each year. To ward off potential stroke risk, many experts encourage women to exercise regularly. But how much exercise is enough to minimize the possibility of experiencing a stroke? The answer may surprise you.
According to researchers from the Beckman Research Institute at the City of Hope in Duarte, California, moderate-intensity exercise—such as a brisk walk— can cut stroke risk by 20%.
Periodization offers a specific strategy for helping women get stronger with resistance training.
It has been well documented that appropriate resistance training can help people across a broad range of ages, fitness levels and health statuses. Resistance training improves muscular strength, muscular endurance and body composition while assisting the body to manage chronic ailments such as diabetes mellitus, obesity, hypertension, bone and joint diseases (osteoporosis and osteoarthritis), and depression (Warburton, Nicol & Bredin 2006).
Menopause is different for each woman. Although the average age of natural menopause is 52, some women start the transition as soon as their early 40s. Chances are you have or will have clients who fit this profile. Are you aware of the unique challenges this population faces? newsletter_teaser: Menopause is different for each woman. Although the average age of natural menopause is 52, some women start the transition as soon as their early 40s. Chances are you have or will have clients who fit this profile. Are you aware of the unique challenges this population faces?
Does estrogen affect muscle damage and repair? How does hormone replacement impact performance? Is weight gain during menopause inevitable? Learn the answers to these and other questions related to women, hormones and exercise.
newsletter_teaser: Does estrogen affect muscle damage and repair? How does hormone replacement impact performance? Is weight gain during menopause inevitable? Learn the answers to these and other questions related to women, hormones and exercise.
newsletter_teaser: Many women enjoy the benefits of yoga or other exercise during pregnancy, but then become inactive postpartum--perhaps because they don’t know which activities are safe or appropriate. Later they may find themselves hampered by weaknesses in the pelvic floor and abdominal wall.