Many of your Baby Boomer female clients or class members may be taking—or thinking about taking—bioidentical hormones. Fantastic claims are often made about these supposedly “natural” hormones. Not only are they said to relieve the symptoms of menopause, but they are often purported to cure a host of diseases and even to increase longevity (Boothby & Doering 2008).
The Mayo Clinic website states that most people will experience neck pain at least once during their lives. Oftentimes a result of prolonged static seated positions and poor posture, neck pain can negatively affect quality of life and is often responsible for missed workdays. A study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology (2009; 107, 1413–19) has found that specific strength training exercises may help women office workers reduce perceived neck pain.
A study presented at the annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society in San Diego suggests that pelvic-floor muscle exercises can help women manage urinary incontinence. But is pelvic-floor dysfunction an issue that plagues only women? Not so, says Rich Colosi, PT, DPT, physical therapist and facility manager at the Accelerated Rehabilitation Center in Evanston, Illinois.
IDEA member Suzie Cooney, owner of Suzie Trains Maui, hosted a unique fitness event to raise awareness of women’s health issues. Dubbed “STAND UP for Women’s Health & Fitness,” the free program offered clinics on Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP). “The day began with a traditional Hawaiian Welcome Blessing [followed by] beach exercises, professional SUP instruction, a noncompetitive buoy paddle for beginners and a longer SUP tour for those more experienced,” says Cooney.
Does your breast cancer survivor client experience lymphedema, a painful swelling of the arm caused by trauma to the lymphatic system? If so, she may want to include weight training in her exercise program. A study published in the August 13 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (2009; 361 , 664–73) determined a link between weight lifting and reduced breast cancer–related lymphedema.
Have you ever wondered if specific races were more prone to weight gain and the development of type 2 diabetes? A study published in the August issue of Diabetes Care (2009; 32 , 1553–55) showed greater risk for young black and Hispanic women.
Although it occurs in only 3% of cases, babies who are breast-fed run the risk of developing iron-deficiency anemia during their first 6 months of life. Now a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says early iron supplementation may help reduce that risk.
The prospective, placebo-controlled study assessed the effect of early iron supplementation of breast-fed infants on iron status. Potential adverse effects in terms of tolerance and growth function were also studied.
According to the Center for Women’s Business Research, women own 40% of the privately owned firms in the United States. The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) reports that 19.2% of its member clubs are owned by women and 18.8% have male and female co-owners. As more women dive into fitness business ownership, it’s important to understand the unique demands placed on them.
It is not uncommon for those suffering chronic pain to also experience depression. According to the Harvard Medical School’s website, people with chronic pain are three times more likely to develop
depression than those who are pain free. Also, individuals who are clinically depressed are three times more likely to develop chronic pain than nondepressed people.
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.