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Woman performing Pilates training on a reformer.

Pilates Training Is a Game-Changer

Strong evidence shows that Pilates training is an effective conditioning method for healthy individuals, particularly those wanting to increase core stability. Furthermore, Pilates can be a game-changer for athletes. Benefits of Pilates Training Here’s a…

Enjoyable exercise can lift mood and improve neuroplasticity in adults.

Exercise Boosts Neuroplasticity, Helping Depression

In studying physical activity’s effect on depression, researchers from Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany found that exercise simultaneously lifts mood and boosts neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to change. It is neuroplasticity that lets us adapt to challenges…

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With Gyms Open, Are Clients Ready?

With many gyms open again—some after long closures—IDEA put three questions to five fitness pros from around the country: Are you now operating at full capacity? How are clients adapting as they return to the gym?…

Diverse group doing tai chi outdoors.

Tai Chi Is Good for Older Adults

Why tai chi? These Chinese movement patterns have been around for centuries. In recent years, study after study has proven their benefits—particularly for older exercisers—yet most fitness professionals seem to know little about the practice….

Person with bad posture

Posture Correction for Static Damage

The word posture tends to evoke the image of a schoolgirl standing perfectly erect with a book on her head. More accurately, static posture refers to the way in which a person holds his or her body or assumes certain positions, such as sitting, standing or sleeping. The cumulative effect of the time spent in certain positions can lead to prolonged static-posture damage to both the musculoskeletal and myofascial systems of the body.

Diverse group in fitness class

Fitness Class as Experience

Is your fitness class just a class, or is it an experience? People are ready to move and are seeking experiences that engage them on an emotional level.

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Yoga for the Back

Updated on June 17, 2021. According to the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University, about 16 million adults in the U.S. have persistent or chronic back pain and are limited in some everyday activities as a…

Seniors trained for travel.

Fit to Travel: Exercises for Seniors

Programming exercises for seniors is more important than ever, especially now that travel is opening up again, but your clients may not have kept up with their workouts over this last year. Here are some great ways to prepare your active agers for more adventure. 

Woman in white workout clothes looking out of a window with her back to the camera

How to Help Someone Who Is Grieving

Sooner or later, most of us lose someone we care about, and since the start of the pandemic, loss has visited more of us than ever. The pain can be overwhelming, and we may feel…

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