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Archive for April 2017

Sample Class: Strength Training + Step

This class is sure to please both step fans and high-intensity enthusiasts! Using a fun and challenging interval format, it alternates high-intensity step drills with strength training exercises. Cardio sections include easy-to-follow step moves, while strength segments use the step to add intensity.

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Good Posture: Benefits & Exercises

Posture—or structural alignment—is a key element in any exerciser’s program. As personal trainers and group exercise instructors, we constantly remind clients and students to maintain good alignment in order to minimize stress on tendons, joints and ligaments. And our clients do an excellent job of perfecting form under scrutiny—but as soon as their training sessions end, posture falls apart.
Just as we promote other healthy behaviors—like getting enough sleep, eating vegetables and drinking water—we need to encourage clients to mind their posture during nontraining hours.
But how do we do that?

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Give Yourself a Hand

The next time you pick up a dumbbell and hand it to your client, take a moment to celebrate the hard‐working hand. The hand is an anatomically refined dynamo that's often taken for granted until something as benign as a paper cut shifts the focus distally. Here are some interesting facts to grasp:

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The Power of Visualization

All of us instinctively use visualization (aka imagery) to help us perform better. Have you ever mentally practiced your own performance before physically executing it? Perhaps you've mentally rehearsed the exhilaration you'll feel once you've completed an event you've been training for?

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A Team Approach to Wellness

Lisa Dougherty is the founder of the Medical Fitness Network (MFN). This mostly volunteer‐driven project is supported by more than 100 national businesses. Dougherty's vision is to improve the quality of lives of many millions of people by connecting them with fitness and allied health professionals who have a background in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of chronic diseases, medical conditions and disabilities, as well as in the management of women's health issues, including prenatal and postpartum care.

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The Joy of Movement Rings True

There's nothing like post–knee surgery downtime to catch up on my IDEA Fitness Journal reading. The February 2017 issue is just chock‐a‐block full of delectable goodness. In particular, I enjoyed Ryan Halvorson's article "Embracing the Joy of Movement" and Kelly McGonigal's "Ready to Love Your Stress?" Even after 38 years as a fitness pro, I learn something every issue to help me improve as a group fitness leader and baby boomer specialist. Both articles made their points logically, succinctly and persuasively.

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Recipe for Health: Carrot Saffron Soup

Brace your taste buds for a delicious, warm and welcoming flavor explosion! This soup recipe from chef Matthew Kenney can be the perfect centerpiece for a light spring lunch, a tantalizing start to dinner, or even a savory breakfast.

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Creating a Client Avatar

Do you remember the days before GPS and smartphones? When taking a road trip meant pulling over to look at a map, making U‐turns and stopping at gas stations to ask for directions? We had a destination, but not the exact route. What if you ran your fitness business that way? Taking action with no clear path? It would be frustrating, wasteful and inefficient. The reality is that many personal trainers do approach their businesses in that fashion.

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Question of the Month

Parents seem to realize their kids need to eat better—but they're not doing much about it.
A recent national poll of 1,767 parents of kids aged 4–18, conducted by C.S. Mott Children"s Hospital at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, found that while 97% of the grownups believed childhood eating habits have a lifelong impact on health, only 1 in 6 of them felt that their child's diet was very healthy.

Send your responses to Sandy Todd Webster at [email protected]

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What Is Milk, Anyway?

Plant‐based milks such as almond milk, soymilk, coconut milk, hemp milk and others seem to have wounded the pride of traditional milk providers. In January, a bill called the Dairy Pride Act was introduced in Congress. If passed, it would compel the Food and Drug Administration to enforce an existing guideline that limits use of the word "milk" to the products of hooved mammals like cows, sheep and goats.

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Don’t Go Sour on Fermented Foods

Looking for novel, nutrient‐packed foods to add to your diet? Fermented foods may be what you've been missing all your life. Known for their active bacteria and sour flavor, fermented foods improve blood sugar, blood pressure, eczema, digestive health, immunity and possibly even mental health and weight.
Dietary staples in cultures worldwide, fermented foods are gaining popularity in the United States amid a rising understanding of the health benefits of probiotics. Fermented foods include kefir, yogurt, kombucha, sauerkraut, miso, kimchi and tempeh.

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Get Mom an Exotic Fruit of the Month

Offering a mouthwatering array of fruits, from blood oranges and Asian pears to pomegranates and persimmons, a subscription to an "exotic fruit of the month club" may be the perfect way to keep the Mother's Day spirit alive all year. Sign her up and she'll get a delivery of nutrient‐packed fresh fruit each month, offering a constant reminder of your love.

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