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...
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. ...
Perimenopause presents an array of challenges for women, including mood swings, depression, irritability and sleep disturbances. Pilates is an excellent way to improve a woman’s mood and ability to sleep, as well as increase her energy. The breathing techniques used in Pilates calm and relax the mind. The weight gain around a woman’s midsection, which often accompanies menopause, can be reduced with Pilates.
Fit for her family. Personal trainer Matt Browne was first introduced to Michelle by a mutual friend in 2012. The two shared a hometown connection and immediately traded anecdotes about growing up in the small river town of Winona, Minnesota.
The 2014 World Cup is now just a memory; however, researchers have discovered that playing soccer (or football) can provide significant health benefits for women aged 35 and older with mild hypertension.
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%.