Warming up is especially important for a mom-to-be because it prepares her, both mentally and physically, for what is to come. Many women are afraid that exercise will put their pregnancies at risk. Before you begin, inform students about your training in prenatal fitness and discuss the benefits of movement. Explain that exercise may help reduce muscle pain commonly associated with pregnancy and also prepare participants for labor. Mention that they all have different capabilities and that it’s important to listen to their bodies.
Saudi Arabia is seeking closure of
unlicensed women-only gyms, states information courtesy of Reuters and The Guardian. Fitness facilities have historically been segregated for
religious reasons, prompting the
proliferation of unlicensed women-only gyms. Saudi clerics have taken umbrage with this trend, concerned that female physical activity may go against religious values. According to The Guardian, women may soon be allowed to vote, which may alter the course of such closures.
Is your young female client having difficulty increasing muscle mass? According to a study presented at the 122nd Annual Meeting of the American Physiological Society in April, oral contraceptives may be the problem. The study included 73 “generally healthy women” aged 18–31. Of those women, 34 used oral contraceptives (OC) while 39 did not (non-OC). Both groups exercised three times per week for 10 weeks under the supervision of exercise physiologists. They were also encouraged to consume 0.5 g of protein per pound of body weight daily to stimulate muscle growth.
Previous research studies have linked full-calorie, sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) with greater weight gain and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Now a new study has looked more specifically at the association between SSB consumption and the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) in women.
Because pregnant women are “eating for two,” it’s easy to lose track of or
ignore weight gained during gestation. Not a good idea. For the first time
since 1990, the government has weighed in with new guidelines on how
many pounds women should gain during pregnancy. This is in line with previous studies that have determined that babies born to overweight mothers are at greater risk of premature delivery; these infants are also more likely to become overweight or obese as they grow up.
According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse, millions of women experience urinary incontinence. “Some women may lose a few drops of urine while running or coughing. Others may feel a strong, sudden urge to urinate just before losing a large amount of urine,” states information on the website. Now a recent study may offer much-needed relief for incontinent overweight and obese women.
Obese women thinking of becoming pregnant may want to make body composition improvements prior to conceiving, suggests recent research. A study published in the February 11 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (2009; 301, 636–50) highlights an increased prevalence of congenital birth defects among children of obese mothers.
Everywhere you turn, it seems there is a commercial, headline, advertisement or article discussing some type of women’s health issue. In particular, many women face challenges with their Pelvic Core Neuromuscular System (PCNS). These problems affect women in all walks of life, including health professionals, teachers, executives, athletes and homemakers. Many do not even know that the pattern they’ve developed is not normal.
What mind-body-spirit activities or programs, if any, is your facility offering to support female members? Are any mind-body-spirit activities targeted to either women or men, specifically? For example, do you promote any "Celebrating the Goddess Within" movement workshops?
Share your examples with editor Sandy Todd Webster, email@example.com.
Greater resilience is considered a key component of successful aging, but what does resilience actually consist of? People who age successfully seem to demonstrate resilience through their ability to adapt positively in spite of age-related disease and disability. To tease out various factors that contribute to resilience, investigators used data from 1,395 women over age 60 who were participants in the Women’s Health Initiative in San Diego.