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Can Spices Help Suppress Appetite?

Do you love the burn of spicy food—or prefer to take it mild? The heat of peppers, hot sauces and many other pepper-based spicy foods comes from a chemical called capsaicin. Research suggests that in addition to delivering gastronomical pleasures, consumption of capsaicin can promote weight loss, but the mechanism through which this occurs is still not conclusively known.

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Preparing for Life and Activity

This generic warm-up targets muscle groups that tend to shorten with life’s habits and patterns. Currently, the general population is trending toward more sedentary lifestyles, making the seated position dominant for most Americans. While instances of unilateral dysfunction and tightness will need special attention, these general corrective strategies will help most attendees and prepare them for your customized class.

Balancing Act

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Resistance Training and Diabetes: What’s Best?

Resistance training can be a big help to people who either have type 2 diabetes or are at risk of developing it. Ideally, trainers should combine cardiovascular and resistance training to help clients prevent or manage type 2 diabetes, but cardiovascular exercise isn’t always a good fit. In those cases, resistance training may be the only option available.

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Ask the RD

Question: I understand that too much processed meat isn’t healthy, but how much can I tell my clients they can safely eat?

Answer: It has been known for some time, and was confirmed in a report from the World Health Organization last October (Bouvard et al. 2015), that processed meats increase the risk of colorectal cancer more than unprocessed meats. Processed meats are also known to increase risk of heart disease and diabetes.

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How Much Processed Meat Can We Safely Eat?

Question: I understand that too much processed meat isn’t healthy, but how much can I tell my clients they can safely eat?

Answer: It has been known for some time, and was confirmed in a report from the World Health Organization last October (Bouvard et al. 2015), that processed meats increase the risk of colorectal cancer more than unprocessed meats. Processed meats are also known to increase risk of heart disease and diabetes.

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35 Ailments, One Prescription: MOVE!

It’s not exactly news that physical activity and exercise have powerful health benefits. Indeed, it’s an insight almost as old as recorded history.

In the fifth century BC, the famous Greek physician Hippocrates observed, “All parts of the body, if used in moderation and exercised in labors to which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy and well developed and age slowly; but if they are unused and left idle, they become liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly” (Kokkinos
&
Myers 2010).

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Creative Ideas That Inspire

At multiple locations throughout the country, Equinox offers

The Pursuit,

an indoor cycling experience that combines video game technology and visuals to create a competitive and interactive ride. There are two class options available—

Burn,

which aims for maximum calorie expenditure, and

Build,

suited for cyclists who focus on distance and endurance.

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Keeping Seniors Motivated

Seniors are the fastest-growing population of Americans in the market for personal training (Kavadlo 2011). Moreover, as a group they have the financial resources to pay for our expertise: 75% of the income and wealth in the U.S belongs to the Baby Boomers, and 10,000 Americans are ?turning 65 every day (FAI 2015).

Clearly, our profession has ample motivation to attract older clients. Yet that does not automatically mean they will stay motivated to work with us. To keep them fit, we have to see things from their point of view.

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SMS Marketing for Fitness Managers

The tasks of managing and promoting a fitness business require a multipronged skill set and the ability to do many things well. If you’re savvy, efficiency is important to you. Perhaps you’re looking for new ways to tell the world about your stellar services. You’ve got a lot to do each day and not a lot of time to do it, and you need to generate leads. You must have systems in place to convert prospects into paying customers. But once you’ve done that, what happens next? It’s imperative to deliver a world-class experience that produces results.

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Selling With Empathy

The days of the “hard sell” are over. Today’s customer is more likely to buy memberships and training packages when he is treated like a person and not a dollar sign. Using an empathetic approach is your ticket to a financially sound future.

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Meditation: Practicing for Life

Ezra Bayda and Elizabeth Hamilton, husband and wife, have been practicing Zen meditation for over 40 years and have taught for the last 20 at the Zen Center of San Diego. They lead retreats across the United States and in Australia and France. Both have led meditation in hospice venues, and now they offer it in a retirement community.

IDEA Fitness Journal

recently interviewed them about the rising interest in meditation and what has kept them practicing for so long.

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The Number-One Self-Care Tip for Wellness Professionals

If you’re a personal trainer, yoga or Pilates teacher, coach or healing practitioner of any kind, first off, thank you. You could have gone into a career that was almost guaranteed to earn you a higher income, more prestige, or extra points on your curriculum vitae, but instead you chose the way of the heart. You chose to follow your passion. There is nothing wrong with money or prestige, of course, but they are not the main motivations for wellness professionals like us. We know we’re here to share our talents and add value to the world.

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Sample Class: 3-2-1 Kick!

Are you ready to mix up your martial arts moves? 3-2-1 Kick! is an interval kickboxing class that integrates cardio, strength and core work. In each round of the work phase, innovative cardio kickboxing combinations, martial arts–inspired strength work and core moves are performed in quick intervals to keep participants engaged, motivated and challenged.

3-2-1 Kick! Details

Goal/Emphasis: total-body kickboxing interval training workout

Time: approximately 45 minutes

Equipment: dumbbells, stability balls and mats

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