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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The 92nd Street Y in New York City offers Spiral Gymnoyoga to its members. The class uses “spiraling circular exercises and deep breathing massage” to warm the muscles and prepare joints for movement. Instructor Peter Knue combines elements of Nadha yoga, dance and the meditative martial arts in an offering for all ages.Read More
A flag made of weighted fabric is the main prop in Flag Dancing. Offered at Philadelphia Sports Clubs, the class takes participants through a choreographed dance routine set to upbeat club music. The goal is to target the muscles of the shoulders and upper back while having fun.Read More
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has announced a new Medicare coverage policy that could make it easier for beneficiaries to receive weight loss treatment. Under the plan, anti-obesity interventions would be made available “if scientific and medical evidence demonstrate their effectiveness in improving . . . health outcomes.”Read More
Older Adults Benefit From Doctor Referral Program
The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) have formed a relationship to boost physical activity among older adults. The ICAA Age-Friendly Facility Locator and Patient Referral Program connects participating family physicians with ICAA-approved facilities, programs and services that “have gone above and beyond in their design, staffing, programming, marketing and operations” for the older-adult market.Read More
Yomenco combines yoga movements and breathing exercises with flamenco dance rhythms. Program creator Bruce Van Horn, chief executive officer of Yoga for Business Inc. in Spring Valley, New York, teaches Yomenco to nursing home residents in the New York metropolitan area. “Many of my students are in wheelchairs,” says Van Horn in a press release. “Their energy and enthusiasm for this type of physical stimulation carry them through the session. The movements enhance their stamina and markedly improve their mental state.”Read More
Despite evidence that older adults are becoming more active, many still shy away from exercise. In a survey published in the
May issue of Age and Ageing (2004; 33, 287–92), investigators found that 95% of older adults questioned believed that physical activity was beneficial and 79% believed they did enough to stay healthy. However, 36% were inactive and 17% did less than 2 hours per week.
As group fitness becomes more specialized, the demand grows for experienced instructors who possess that magic combination of high energy and charisma. Many program directors face staffing shortages and have to find creative ways to recruit talent. Finding a way to please participants—who are more diverse and demanding than ever—only adds to the challenge. How…Read More
It’s 8:30 AM and a group of eager fitness pro- fessionals gathers around Chuck Wolf, MS. Wolf, director of sport science and human performance for the USA Triathlon National Training Center in Clermont, Florida, is discussing how gravity, ground reaction forces, body angles and movement patterns can affect a client’s performance. Three volunteers, all with…Read More