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A Second Chance at Health

Our industrialized world presents numerous opportunities to indulge. Humans wrestle with increased levels of saturated fat and salt, decreased levels of fiber and exercise, widespread use of alcohol and tobacco, and higher consumption of calorically…

Giving Back

Yvonne Jones, department head of health and fitness at Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA in Encinitas, California, describes herself as a “poster child” for the mentoring concept. In 14 years, Jones went from being a student in the back row to being instructor, coordinator, supervisor, director and then department head.

Boardroom Fitness Testing

Are you maximizing your potential in your health coaching business? Are you finding that individual coaching or personal training is not paying off financially or emotionally? Expand your horizons by diversifying your talents. Grow your revenue, motivation and message by bringing health coaching to corporations, executives and the public at large.

Positive Exercise for Plus-Size Women

Twenty-five years ago Debra Mazda, MEd,
of Mazda Motivations LLC, visited a health club and experienced firsthand the
feeling of not belonging. At age 21, she weighed over 300 pounds. Depressed and
battling high blood pressure, she decided to reinvent her life. “I was the only
seriously fat person in the gym,” she remembers. Undaunted, she sweated her way
through ae…

Meeting Future Needs

Kris Thomas knows group exercise, as she’s been involved with it in one form or another for 22 years. She brings a strong background in dance and movement,
along with h…

Inspiration Works Both Ways

Since introducing the Inspire the World
to Fitness® initiative in 2003,
IDEA members have sent in numerous motivational accounts of how they’ve helped
bring about positive change in others. Whether they trained a former
nonexerciser to run a marathon or modified a class so that a dis…

Seeking the Summit

When IDEA member Nancy Norris was 4 years old, her mother did something that set her life in motion, literally. “She enrolled me in a dance school, and I fell in love with dance,” says Norris, who lives in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Dance fulfilled an exercise niche way before fitness was “cool,” and Norris danced and taught dance classes until age 37, when something new caught her attention: aerob…

A Wide-Reaching Impact

Linda Dunn, MA, became a fitness professional by default. The Tuscaloosa, Alabama, resident couldn’t find a local group fitness class she liked after her regular teacher moved, so she decided to learn how to do it herself. More than 20 years later, and now retired from a job with the school system where she worked as a psychometrist and counselor, Dunn dedicates all of her time to fitness and w…

Best Fitness Benchmarks

If you’ve ever tried to set a fitness goal, you know it can be tricky business.

Set the bar too low and you may find you’re lacking motivation. Aim too high–think a four-minute mile–and you’re bound for disappointment.

So how do you set goals that are right for you? One way to go, fitness experts say, is to assess and record your baseline fitness scores for such ya…

The 25 Most Significant Health Benefits of Physical Activity & Exercise

People of all ages can improve the quality of their lives and reduce the risks of developing coronary heart disease, hypertension, some cancers and type 2 diabetes with ongoing participation in moderate physical activity and exercise. Daily exercise will also enhance one’s mental well-being and promote healthy musculoskeletal function throughout life. Although habitual physical activity is an a…

International Inspiration

Nothing fires up fitness professionals more than the thought of helping others discover the joy of living healthy, active lives. Individually, we do phenomenal work to make a difference in our communities. Universally, however, we can’t do it all alone: we need to connect with each other to share knowledge and information and to brainstorm new ways to reach the people we want to serve. The fabu…

Always on the Line

As a child, IDEA member Sonya Bruton,
who lives in Apex, North Carolina, distinctly
remembers buying clothes from
the “chubby” section at Sears department
store, and how painful it was. Today, people
have a tough time imagining Bruton
as an overweight little girl, but she is the
same person who listens so well and
offers sound fitness advice. It is because
Bruton spent so many years devel…

Emptying Your (Head) Trash

“There just aren’t enough hours in the day to exercise!” “My injuries prevent me from doing yoga now that I am older.” “I tried Pilates once, and it didn’t do any good.”

10 Tips for Fall Fitness

How many New Year's Eves have you spent sipping champagne and vowing to get more fit in the coming year? And how many times have you failed to follow through? "December 31 over a drink is too late to set goals and make promises," says Justin Price, owner of The Biomechanics, a personal training and wellness coaching facility in San Diego, Calif. Fall, on …

Honoring the Whole Person

Almost a decade ago, IDEA member (21 years and counting) Molly Lynn had a pivotal discussion about the specialized health and fitness needs of people in her age group (mid to late 70s and older). Lynn, who lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a friend agreed that fitness professionals offered very few programs for much older adults. They decided they would be the ones to meet the challenge. …

Being Sedentary May Be Genetic

A study conducted by The American Physiological Society has raised interesting questions about why some people seem to be born to move while others prefer to hibernate like sleeping bears. Apparently, being a couch potato may be hard-wired into the brain, according to the researchers’ findings, which were published on the society’s website (a href=”www.the-aps.org/press/journ…

A Better Habit

Nancy Jerominski hasn’t always been the healthy powerhouse she is today. When her clients share setbacks with her, large or small, she gets it. She really gets it. The Seattle resident and owner of NLJ Fitness and Wellness Consulting has taken the long road to wellness herself. While Jerominski got a head start in the fitness industry in the late 1970s, she took an

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