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Heart Health Gateway

Exercise puts clients a beat away from longevity.

The heart is the hardest working muscle in the human body, and heart health is at the center of every good program, class or coaching session.  February is American Heart Month, the perfect time to refresh your knowledge of this cardiovascular centerpiece and educate clients and participants about recent research findings that will help them avoid or manage heart disease.

A recent Cleveland Clinic survey found that 41% of Americans have experienced at least one heart-related issue since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, with leading issues being shortness of breath (18%), dizziness (15%), increased blood pressure (15%) and chest pain (13%). But that’s not all— about one in four Americans (27%) who have tested positive for COVID-19 report that their diagnosis has impacted their heart health.

What can you, as a leading fitness professional, do to help people supercharge clients’ heart health? Quite a bit!

  • If your client or participant has type 2 diabetes, let them know that it can damage their heart’s structure or function. You can also let them know that exercise can significantly improve heart function and structure.
  • Do your clients love chili peppers? Encourage them to eat more! As it turns out, regularly eating chili peppers was associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular death, particularly in people without hypertension.
  • Encourage your middle-aged male clients to do more pushups. Why? Research shows that active middle-aged men who were able to do more than 40 pushups had a significantly lower risk of heart disease events during a 10-year follow-up period than men who could do fewer than 10 pushups.

Join the Heart-Centered Revolution

Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, and as a fitness professional, you have the answers that people are looking for. You know exactly how to help your clients turn the page on a bad diagnosis, and IDEA is on your team. The global community is at the early stages of understanding the role COVID-19 is going to play in heart health, so it’s important to get and stay aligned with the world’s leading educational ally for the fitness and wellness world.

What does the “plus” stand for in our reimagined membership? It represents all that you do to Inspire the World to Fitness®.

As a member, you have access to vast content and resources, and we’ve featured a small fraction of our library below. If you’re not a member, you can still access the education below and get a feel for our community.

Arm Yourself with Heart Health Information from IDEA:

The Optimal Amount of Exercise for Heart Health

Arterial stiffness, which increases with sedentary living, is associated with higher risk of heart disease. It’s well known that exercise can help, but how much—or how little—is enough? “While near-daily, vigorous lifelong (>25 years) endurance exercise training prevents arterial stiffening with ageing, this rigorous routine of exercise training over a lifetime is impractical for most individuals,” noted the authors of a new study, which aimed to determine the least amount of exercise necessary to reduce arterial stiffness.

Wearable Heart Rate Trackers: Which Works Best?

How accurate are the latest wearable heart rate trackers? That’s an important question amid the flourishing demand for wearable fitness devices and wrist-worn heart rate monitors. Approximately 1 in 6 consumers in the U.S. uses some type of wearable technology, such as a fitness band or a smartwatch (Piwek et al. 2016). Industry research from 5 years ago predicted sales of 110 million wearable devices by 2018, but shipments of 115.4 million in 2017 have already outpaced that projection (Piwek et al. 2016; IDC 2018).

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Active Aging Sessions at IDEA® World Convention

Elevate your ability to design superior programs for older adults with these and many other sessions:

  • FAI Functional Aging Specialist Course, Cody Sipe, PhD
  • Balanced Body® Active Aging Toolbox: Brain, Body, Balance, Erika Quest
  • Project B.O.N.E.: Beating Osteoporosis with Nutrition and Exercise, Mark Kelly, PhD
  • Training the Active Adult Through the Ages, Charlie Hoolihan

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