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Archive for December 2003

Preventing Muscle Soreness

If you have just begun a fitness program, or perhaps started up again after a long holiday break, you may have become really sore after exercising. You are probably experiencing delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Is this discomfort a necessary part of exercising? Get the scoop from two experts at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque—Johndavid…

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Web Sites That Encourage Kids to Exercise

Because today’s kids are spending more and more time glued to the computer (see related story on this page), some Web-savvy experts advise using the computer to encourage physical activity.

Here’s a list of fun Web sites (courtesy of the Wall Street Journal) that are designed to do just that:

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Synchronize Music With Class Design

Before the start of each Tour de France, Lance Armstrong goes out with his coach, drives the route and creates his riding plan. This famous road cyclist mentally choreographs the way he wants the ride to go. Indoor cycling coaches can take the same methodical approach to their classes, using music as the driving force.

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Case Study: Breast Cancer

Angela, a litigation partner at a San
Francisco law firm, was a perfectly healthy 36-year-old woman who had just adopted a 4-month-old Guatemalan baby. On July 30, 2002, she was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma.

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Top 10 Most Health-Conscious Cities

Curious about which cities in the United States have the most health club members? According to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), the honors go to Denver for the year 2002.

IHRSA reports that U.S. health club memberships grew to a record 36.3 million members in 2002, up from 33.8 million the previous year. The largest increase was in the over-55 age group, which increased by 23 percent and in 2002 numbered 6.9 million strong.

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Managing Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a collection of health risks that increase an individual’s chances of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes. These health risks include excessive fat tissue in the abdominal area, glucose intolerance, unhealthy cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Metabolic syndrome is closely associated with insulin resistance. Also known as “syndrome X,” the condition is often seen in seniors and those who are overweight.

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The High-Protein Diet Debate

For years you’ve been hearing that you should eat a diet high in carbohydrates. Now you’ve heard the opposite—that protein is king—from doctors, researchers and the media alike. What’s the straight answer? Can popular high-protein diets like the Atkins diet help you lose weight? Get the facts below from Amy Paturel, MS, MPH, nutrition consultant, educator and counselor.

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Training Young Athletes With Shoulder Injuries

Training Young Athletes With Shoulder Injuries
The right program can help injured clients continue
By Catherine Fiscella, MSPT
Learning Objectives
After reading this article, readers should be able to: …

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Exercise-Induced Asthma

Asthma

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Update Your E-Mail for Free News

By updating your e-mail address with IDEA, you can choose the IDEA information that you receive instantaneously. For example, you can have IDEA Fit Tips, the newsletter that keeps you up to date on current fitness news and IDEA activities, e-mailed to you every month.

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Personal Training on Demand

As a personal trainer the only option you have to provide personalized service is to give one-on-one sessions, right? Many clients can’t afford that. You may decide to do small-group training, but what about clients who’d like to pay even less and still get personal service, or those who want the attention but don’t like…

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Training Young Athletes With Shoulder Injuries

Just when you think there is no way athletes can break current records, they do—and the athletes doing so get younger and younger. At one time NBA draft picks who had yet to finish college grabbed all the headlines, but now teenage players like LeBron James sell out college and pro arenas across the country…

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Conducting Effective Meetings

Introductions: 3 minutes

Recognition and highlights: 5 minutes

New procedures for stereo and microphone: 5 minutes

Recent schedule changes: 4 minutes

Valentine’s Day fundraiser: 6 minutes

Handling class latecomers: 20 minutes

Ways to increase customer service: 20 minutes

Questions, info sharing and prize drawing: 12 minutes

Choreography swap: 15 minutesResources

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Programming by Numbers

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To understand your members’ needs and get statistics to use in making programming decisions, conduct a group fitness survey. On it ask questions such as:

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De-Hiring a Problem Employee

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