March 2008

Good Nutrition for the Golden Years

by Jennie McCary, MS, RD, LD
As more people approach their 65th birthdays, healthy aging has emerged as a public health priority. Thanks to Baby Boomers and longer lifespans, by 2030 there will be an estimated 71 million older adults in the U.S.,...

Real-World Fitness

by Ryan Halvorson
Subject: Annette Lang, MS Company: Annette Lang Education Systems The Spark. When Annette Lang first entered into the fitness industry, personal training as a career was still very much under the radar. A fitness enthusiast, she was quick to notice that she seemed to sail through l...

“How Many Times a Week Should a Client Exercise? Why?”

I advise every client to exercise in some form most days of the week. Diabetes and obesity are prevalent in this country in epidemic proportions because of lack of exercise. Additionally, most clients seem to carry high stress levels every day, indicating the need for daily exercise. I urge clients to get in a minimum of 30 minutes daily, preferably 45 minutes or more, of cardiovascula...

Warm-Up: Nutrition: To Advise or Not?

Sound nutrition is an essential element in every person’s overall wellness blueprint. You can do everything else right—as far as exercise, rest and body-mind harmony go—but if you’re not fueling your body sensibly, it will eventually catch up with you. In fact, we think nutrition is so important to wholeness and balance that we d...

The Blends Justify the Means

by Lawrence Biscontini, MA
Research continues to validate the need for effective cross-training and frequent changes in the way we train. Biomechanically, the more we train the muscles in the same way, the less they respond (Kravitz 1997). This research bolsters the case for “hybrid,” “combination” or “fusion” classes, which flood the neuromuscular system with...

Educating for Wholeness

The physical education program at DePaul University in Chicago offers students a choice of two majors: teaching or fitness management and wellness. The latter concentration is unique in that it prepares students for a career managing or developing fitness programs...

Sample Class: Mindful Fusion Fitness

by Helen Vanderburg
The popularity of yoga and Pilates has spawned several fun and effective fusion offerings. This particular class, “Mindful Fusion Fitness,” uses “traditional” fitness-based exercises as the foundation and then layers on Pilates moves and yoga postures. This approach allows instructors and participants to begin with familiar exerc...

Creative Cross-Training

by Joy Keller
IDEA member Kimberlee Jensen Stedl and her husband, Todd, created a workshop, Yoga for Scuba Divers, which is also the title of their book. The workshop is practiced on land (not in water) and teaches poses, breathing exercises, visualization te...

STUDY: Exercise, Education Help Fibromyalgia

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
A study published in the November 12 , 2007, issue of Archives of Internal Medicine (2007; 167 [20], 2192–2200) offers encouraging news about exercise and fibromyalgia. Researchers found that an exercise regime that incorporates walking, strength training and stretching may improve daily func...

Facility Welcomes Doctor Referrals

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
In an effort to bridge the gap between the medical and fitness professions, Club Fit in Westchester County, New York, has created “HelpRx,” a physicians’ referral program designed to offer postrehabilitation and lifestyle enhanceme...
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