Chalene Johnson attributes her success in part to her mother. It’s not just the nurturing hand of love that gave Johnson, chief executive officer (CEO) of Powder Blue Productions and creator of Turbo Kick® and PiYo™, a head start in the world of fitness. Johnson’s mother, Marge Melvin, was one of the first Jazzercise® instructors in the state of Michigan.
When you were young, you probably heard the jingle “The knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone; the thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone; the hip bone’s connected to the back bone . . .” That ditty could go on for some time, since there are 206 bones in the human body—from the large, thick femur that spans the length of your thigh to the tiny, thin stapes, a stirrup-shaped bone that transmits sound inside your ear. Your skull alone has 22 bones (no wonder my mother keeps telling me I have a hard head!).
Last year, when we surveyed IDEA readers about the types of content they wanted to see more of, one of the top answers was women’s health issues. And it’s no wonder: most fitness clients (whether you look at personal training or facility memberships) are female, according to the annual IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Surveys. As you know from your professional perspective, these women have a lot of questions about their fitness and wellness—and they don’t hesitate to ask.
Migraine sufferers who participated in an aerobic exercise and relaxation program experienced less intense migraine pain, according to authors of a small study published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine (2008; 18 ; 363–65).
As obesity rates continue to increase, so too does the prevalence of bariatric,
or weight loss, surgery. The American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (www.asmbs.org) reports that, in 2006, an estimated 177,600 people in the United States underwent bariatric surgery. While these surgeries may offer a new lease on life for patients, emerging research has scientists concerned that fat may not be all that’s lost as a result of the procedure.
With an estimated 85% of women experiencing hot flashes as they approach menopause, finding effective non-medication treatment is vitally important. A new Baylor University study shows hypnotic relaxation therapy can decrease the frequency and severity of hot flashes in menopausal women.