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Archive for December 2006

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Les Mills International has added BODYVIVE™ to its range of group fitness programs. Geared for Baby Boomers, BODYVIVE™ is a low-impact, 55-minute class that incorporates cardiovascular activity, strength, stability, stretching and mobility work. Sessions incorporate balls and bands to exercise the body in different ways and with various intensities…

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Demoting High-Fat Snacks in Schools

The William J. Clinton Foundation recently announced that it has partnered with the American Heart Association to encourage food manufacturers to make school snacks healthier. The foundation, established by the former president, reached an agreement with several major food companies, including Kraft Foods Inc., Mars Inc., Campbell Soup Co., Groupe Danone SA and PepsiCo. Inc., to voluntari…

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Case Report: Pilates Training Helps Runner

If you have a client who loves to run but is stymied by hip or pelvis problems,
Pilates might help.
A functionally based Pilates intervention program that focused on restoring
correct lower-extremity alignment returned running ability to an experienced
high-level female runner. In the case study, health professionals at the University
of Connecticut School of Allied Health…

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Meditation Alters Brain’s Response to Pain

Transcendental meditation (TM) may reduce the brain’s reaction to pain, according to researchers at the University of California, Irvine, who used neuroimaging to monitor the brains of longtime TM
practitioners and of a control group who did not practice TM.
“Prior research indicates that transcendental meditation creates a more balanced outlook on life and…

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Excited About Education

As a certified professional in health and fitness, I am constantly seeking new avenues to expand my capabilities and diversify my experience. In so doing, I frequently delve into industry research and education. I attend numerous industry-based events, seminars and workshops annually, striving to maintain and increase my knowledge base for myself personally and for …

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Training Clients with Heart Disease

They say that 50 is the new 30, but that may not hold true for all your Baby Boomer clients. In fact, more than 50% of Americans 55 or older already have some degree of heart disease, according to the latest calculations from the American Heart Association (2006). Worse still, this percentage is expected to grow significantly in the future as the Baby Boomer generation nears retirement ag…

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Podcasting

Have you ever had the feeling that your clients need more than an hour or two a week with you to gain all the benefits from your fitness expertise? Maybe you have seen new club members wandering around the facility with their exercise guidelines in hand, unable to locate the right machines or remember the movements they are supposed to perform. Perhaps you are interested in maintaining or…

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Qigong for Health: a Research Update

Mind-body fitness is rapidly becoming a valuable and profitable service for fitness professionals to offer clients in clubs, gyms and private settings. While yoga and Pilates are hot favorites, the gentle art of qigong (pronounced chee kung)—a Chinese practice dating back several thousand years—is also finding its way into mainstream American culture. As consumers discover…

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Conduit for Greater Consciousness

Subject: Brian Buturla
Company: Brian Buturla Private Studio Personal Training, Norwalk, Connecticut

Metamorphosis. Brian Buturla’s journey into health and wellness began in his teenage years. “I was in sad shape—malnourished, overweight, socially isolated and bewildered,” he says. “I knew I needed help so I joined a health clu…

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Acupuncture Relieves Back Pain

Do you have clients with persistent back pain? A growing body of research continues to support acupuncture as an alternative pain-relief method
without the risk of side effects common to pharmaceutical drugs. The largest acupuncture study to date has shown that treatments plus routine care ease chronic low-back pain. The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology (2…

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Computerized Weight Loss

Several studies have shown that e-mail counseling can improve weight loss attempts among users of self-directed Internet diet programs. Some people think that computer-tailored feedback might even replace one-on-one human counseling in the future.
To test this theory, researchers divided 192 adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 32.7 (plus or minus 3.5) into three study groups. O…

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The Ongoing Journey

It’s hard to tell which is more pronounced, Carrie Ekins’s smile or her penchant for creativity. Her zeal for exercise and wellness has inspired her to create and participate in many programs over the years. Ekins understands how physical limitations can challenge someone, because she has overcome them herself. In 1993 she underwent a total hip replacement. In 2001 she develop…

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Remembering a Forgotten Population

For weeks, IDEA member James L. Bertram had gently tried to encourage Ann to join one of his exercise classes. “I’m too old to exercise,” she’d inevitably reply. But Bertram, who lives in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, didn’t want to give up on the 83-year-old. He knew from experience teaching other assisted-living residents that his program would enliven her…

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It’s a Family Affair

The challenge: The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports reports on its website that between 1980 and 2002 the number of obese children and teens in the United States tripled. During the same period, health conditions traditionally associated with adults&m…

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Special Programs for Special People

The people who seek the services of fitness businesses approach with a variety of goals and physical capabilities. A person can fulfill multiple “types” by being, for example, an amateur athlete, apparently healthy, with a chronic injury. A person with physical disabilitie…

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Boomers and BMI

Baby Boomers who border on pudgy when entering middle age may have more to worry about than just fitting into their designer jeans. A recent study says being even a little bit overweight can shorten your life.
Reporting in the online version of The New England Journal of Medicine in August, researchers examined BMI as it related to the risk of death from any cause in more t…

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Yoga May Benefit Patients With Epilepsy

A new pilot study offers hope that yogic meditation may benefit patients with epilepsy. Doctors who care for these patients continue to seek new treatment approaches for several reasons:
Antiseizure drugs have strong side effects.
Many patients become nonresponsive to drug therapy over time.
Uncontrolled seizures are extremely disruptive to the perso…

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