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Shirley Archer

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is an internationally acknowledged integrative health and mindfulness specialist, best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide, award-winning health journalist, contributing editor to Fitness Journal, media spokesperson, and IDEA's 2008 Fitness Instructor of the Year. She's a 25-year industry veteran and former health and fitness educator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, who has served on multiple industry committees and co-authored trade books and manuals for ACE, ACSM and YMCA of the USA. She has appeared on TV worldwide and was a featured trainer on America's Next Top Model.

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Grit in Sports Training

October 3, 2022

Sports participation is linked with developing life skills that may improve success and build resilience, known as “grit” in sports training.

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Minimum Exercise Per Week?

October 3, 2022

Optimal exercise may depend on the distinction between the minimum amount of exercise per week to benefit health and the maximum amount.

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Older Women Exercise Benefits

October 3, 2022

Here’s news to share with your older women clients about exercise: Research reveals gender differences for exercise and cognitive function.

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Long COVID and Wellness

September 13, 2022

Exercise may counter psychological and metabolic aspects of prolonged stress experienced by people with “long COVID.”

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Weight Loss Mindset

September 13, 2022

Weight loss mindset may be key to client success. Pay close attention to mindset when coaching clients trying to lose weight.

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Keep the Lean Body Mass

September 13, 2022

Researchers found that higher volumes of resistance training with lower loads were better for female athletes for preserving lean body mass.

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Exercise and Brain Health

September 13, 2022

Exercise promotes brain health, but the exact mechanism underlying this relationship remains unclear. New research reveals more.

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Overcoming Exercise Barriers

September 13, 2022

A group of European researchers wanted to identify the exercise barriers to a more active lifestyle and behavioral factors that contribute.

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The Muscular Dystrophy Cycle

September 13, 2022

People with muscular dystrophy who did 35 minutes of cycling three times per week had a 32% increase in fitness, according to a study.

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Strength Training for Youth

September 8, 2022

If you train kids, are you including youth strength training? Researchers share evidence-based benefits of training as early as age 5–7.

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