Joy KellerJoy Keller is executive editor of IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Fit Business Success, and is also a certified personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor, yoga teacher (RYT 200) and Reiki Master.
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Interest in attending planned exercise programs appears to rise and fall depending on age. The chart below shows the average age of members and clients, according to IDEA business and program director members responding to the IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey.
Getting enough sleep can sometimes be a challenge for people as they grow older, setting the stage for declined cognitive function. This can be a frustrating problem, but there’s help. A new study in the December 15 issue of Sleep (2004; 27 , 1542–51) suggests that bouts of social and physical activity improve cognitive performance and sleep quality in older adults.
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Race may play a part in determining a client’s obesity and fitness levels, according to a study in the December issue of CHEST (2004; 126, 1962–68). African-American participants weighed more and had a lower exercise capacity than Caucasians. The most explicit difference was found among males.
The researchers wanted to determine whether race was an independe…
Pounds of Pennies
Next time you are trying to convey to your clients the repercussions of an unhealthy lifestyle, break the topic down into dollars and cents. Here’s how Money magazine quantified poor health habits on the CNN/Money website December 6, 2004:
Per year, a smoker’s medical costs run $1,623 higher than a nonsmoker&rsquo…
Women who go through most of their lives obese are more likely to lose brain tissue, according to a study in the November 23 issue of Neurology (2004; 63, 1876–81).
Swedish researchers considered the relationship between BMI (i.e., the subject’s body weight in kilograms divided by the square of her height in meters [kg/m2]) and brain atrophy in 290 women …
Pain is a regular part of life for millions of people—and they frequently rely on prescription and over-the-counter remedies. While popular COX-2 inhibitors were shown last year to have troubling side effects, many nonprescription painkillers also carry some risk. The following chart lists popular drugs and their associated side effects. For more detailed information, visit PDRhealth (…Read More
People who come to the United States from other countries tend to be as obese as U.S. natives after 15 years, according to an article in the December 15 issue of JAMA (2004; 292 (23), 2860–67).
Investigators looked at data from the 2000 National Health Interview Survey. Of 32,374 eligible people, about 14% were immigrants. When these foreign-born persons had lived in the Un…
While getting married again may quell a man’s need for companionship, it may also make him pack on pounds. However, this may not be a bad thing in the big picture. According to research in the January issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (2005; 59, 56–62), men who remarry tend to “stop trying” in terms of physical fitness, but they also tend …Read More
Kate Buffett, president of invenTEAM in Bend, Oregon, created AeroAbs while recovering from a torn ACL. She now teaches it in group classes. AeroAbs is an abdominals-focused whole-body exercise program that combines continuous, rhythmic arm/leg/trunk movement patterns. The combinat…Read More
Public Transportation Campaign Gets L.A. MovingIf you live in a sprawling city like Los Angeles—and spend most of your time commuting—how do you lose weight, save money and discover areas of your city that you didn’t know existed? Enter Metro Fit, a fitness awareness campaign that encourages L.A. residents to incorporate more exercise into…Read More
. . . Cardio Canine, a hands-free harness and dog leash “for an active lifestyle”; . . . Weight Watchers On-the-Go™, a program for Palm-based devices that synchronizes with online weight management services; . . . facial acupuncture, a popular new alternative to Botox® injections and plastic surgery; . . . the InSync Sentr…Read More
The spate of circuit training clubs, along with the subsequent needs of their owners, has led to the formation of the Association of Hydraulic & Fitness Clubs. According to information on its website, the new association “was formed to assist in the financial and personal development of current gym owners by mutual sharing of ideas.” The charter statement also includes a pled…Read More
Here are just a few highlights from this year’s Tracking the Fitness Movement (2004 edition), a study conducted for SGMA International by American Sports Data Inc.:
Fitness walking is listed as the favorite form of exercise for 10.3 million people.
Use of recumbent stationary bikes has risen by nearly 60% since 1998.
Users of elliptical-…
If you’re offering your services to local schools, here’s a new argument to add to the PowerPoint presentation. University of Illinois researchers have found “a strong relationship between academic achievement and fitness scores.”
The investigators examined the relationship between physical fitness and cognitive function (attention and working memory) among group…
When Caroline Forsberg had to retire her seeing-eye dog of 11 years, Anise, she presumed she would be paired with another guide dog soon. After all, that was the way it had always been. But this time was different. Forsberg, who lives in Albany, New York, was denied a companion be…Read More