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Archive for September 2008

Brain Changes Affect Mobility in Older Adults

Balance and gait disorders in older adults may be directly related to changes in the brain, according to a research report published in the March 18 issue of Neurology (2008; [70], 935–42). The 3-year study
involved 639 men and women aged 65–84 who were given brain scans and balance and walking tests. The scans revealed age-related, white-matter changes in all the participants. The changes were mild in 284
subjects, moderate in 197 subjects and severe in the remaining 158

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A Second Chance at Health

Our industrialized world presents numerous opportunities to indulge. Humans wrestle with increased levels of saturated fat and salt, decreased levels of fiber and exercise, widespread use of alcohol and tobacco, and higher consumption of calorically dense food. These factors, when combined, result in a mismatch between the genes carried forward from our evolutionary past and…

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Giving Back

Yvonne Jones, department head of health and fitness at Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA in Encinitas, California, describes herself as a “poster child” for the mentoring concept. In 14 years, Jones went from being a student in the back row to being instructor, coordinator, supervisor, director and then department head.

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Sports Nutrition for Young Athletes

Young athletes are often grossly misinformed about sports nutrition practices and easily influenced by outsiders, especially their peers. Without a proper diet, these athletes may not have enough energy to compete in sports and may have deficiencies that can lead to illness or fatigue.
Learn what these competitors need to perform at their optimal levels from Pamela M. Nisevich, MS, RD, LD, a clinical dietitian at Dayton Children’s Medical Center in Ohio, where she specializes
in pediatric clinical nutrition, and the founder of Nutrition for the Long Run.

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Off-the-Chart Classes

MVP Athletic Club in Rockford, Michigan, offers Back Splash for members who have issues with back pain. According to the online schedule, this aquatic-based class is designed “for the individual with a history of back pain or a recent injury. It covers the principles of stabilization, flexibility, strengthening and conditioning.” IDEA presenter Patrick Goudeau created…

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2008 IDEA Award Recipients: Passion, Perseverance & Pride

Winners of the 2008 IDEA Health & Fitness Inspiration Awards have pushed past boundaries, inspired others and achieved greatness. PJ O’Clair 2008 IDEA Program Director of the Year Like many who enter the fitness industry, PJ O’Clair has firsthand experience of the tremendous benefits of a well-planned exercise program. “I had a bad spinal injury,…

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Chasing Pheidippides: The Science of Endurance

From the time the ancient Greek runner Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Athens to announce the Greeks’ victory over Persia in the Battle of Marathon, humans have had a compelling interest in endurance activities. Indeed, humans have repeatedly tried to push the limits of endurance. From the 50 marathons in 50 days and the 300…

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IDEA World Fitness Convention

When 4,500 fitness and wellness professionals, product exhibitors, expo guests and expert faculty from more than 60 countries converge in one place to learn, network and share, the result is nothing short of combustible. Another IDEA World Fitness Convention may be over, but the chain of energy unleashed by this year’s fitness event (July 8–12)…

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The Warrior and Grace

Subject: Clay and Elizabeth Burwell
Company: High Performance

His Story. At the age of 16, Clay Burwell was introduced to the world of boxing, which he believes laid the groundwork for what would eventually become a rewarding personal training career.

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Sweat Couture: A User’s Guide to Performance Apparel

There’s no red carpet for fitness fashion and no Project Runway for gym clothes. But the nearly $30 billion sports apparel scene is hot anyway, driven by active consumers (Baby Boomers especially) and a lot of people who just want to look active. The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) notes in its 2008 State of…

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Boardroom Fitness Testing

Are you maximizing your potential in your health coaching business? Are you finding that individual coaching or personal training is not paying off financially or emotionally? Expand your horizons by diversifying your talents. Grow your revenue, motivation and message by bringing health coaching to corporations, executives and the public at large.

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resource for diabetic recipes

It’s no secret that fitness professionals are seeing an alarming increase
in the number of clients with diabetes. To help your diabetic clients eat more healthful foods, suggest they check out www.diabeticrecipes.com. This site is a great resource for anyone who is a diabetic or even just cooks for one on occasion. recipe for health

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cashew chicken and broccoli salad

Here’s a salad that can be made all year long and will appeal to both kids and adults. It is quick to fix and colorful enough
to perk up any dinner table spread.

2 tablespoons (tbs) seasoned rice vinegar
1 tbs reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tbs mirin (a sweet Japanese rice wine)
1 teaspoon (tsp) fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 tsp dark sesame oil

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the magic of maple syrup

Does anything say autumn more than thick, sweet sap dripping from a maple tree? Did you know that maple syrup is graded into four categories by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure certain standards and practices? Grades are based on the color of the syrup, not the flavor: the lighter the hue, the more…

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Business Card Basics

Quick—what’s 3.5 x 2 inches, made of paper and a key part of your business? If you said your business card, you are correct! With the proliferation of Internet and other technologies, you may wonder if the paper business card is going out of style. “Never!” says health, fitness and technology expert Biray Alsac, MS,…

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Stress Accelerates Aging

There is a direct link between prolonged stress and a weaker immune system, resulting in higher susceptibility to illness and disease, according to a study conducted by researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The study showed that cortisol, released when the “fight or flight” response is stimulated, wears down the immune…

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It’s Simple: Flow to Health and Happiness

One of my favorite stories from the best-selling book Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD (say Chick-SENT-me-high a few times to get it down) is the account of a woman with severe schizophrenia, who had been hospitalized for 10 years in the Netherlands without improvement. Her medical team…

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A Wet Wind-Down

Incorporating the noodle is one of my favorite cool-down strategies for a water class. It’s fun to use the noodle individually or—when you want to foster sociability—with partners. Water Walking (not pictured). Just as it’s vital to warm up the body at the start of a workout, it’s extremely important to cool down at the…

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