IDEA Fitness Journal

When Morning Sickness is Dangerous

by Diane Lofshult
Many pregnant women experience morning sickness, usually during their first trimester. In fact, 70%–80% of pregnant women report having some degree of morning sickness, according to the American Pregnancy Association. While pesky, this condition is quite normal and (blessedly) short in duration. However, in about 1% of pregna...

Legislation Provides Child Fitness Tax Credit

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
Lawmakers in Illinois are trying to support fitness initiatives for children. House Bill 4408 was introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives on January 11 and would provide a credit of up to $500 for a taxpayer who enrolls a child (16 years old or younger) in a qualified physical fitness program. A family with a health club membership would ...

Springtime Asparagus & Ham Frittata

by Diane Lofshult
This Italian omelet can be served as either a quick dinner or a weekend brunch. Replacing some of the whole eggs with egg whites keeps the fat and calorie count low. This frittata is a great way to get your kids to eat more fresh veggies—without even realizing it!

Oklahoma City Goes on a Diet

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett is on a mission. After his city made the Forbes.com top-20 list of America’s most obese cities, Cornett decided it was time for a change. So, to inspire his citizens to fitness, Cornett challenged them to drop a collective 1 million pounds before the end of the year. To convey his message he has...

Is Core Strength Important for Cycling?

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
Core conditioning has become a staple of many workout programs in hopes that strength improvements will result in better overall function. What about cyclists? Scientists at the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh sought to determine the importance of core strength among a group of 15 competitive cyclists. They were tested on torq...

Strength Gain Showdown: Fixed vs. Freeform Equipment

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
Have you ever wondered if there really is a difference between fixed and freeform resistance equipment when it comes to improving strength? Data collected for the January issue of the National Strength and Conditioning Asso­ciation’s Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (2008; 22 [1], 75–81) compared the two types of ...

Strength Training Reduces Neck Pain in Women

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
According to an article in the January 15 issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism (2008; 59 [1], 84–91), neck pain is now the second most common musculoskeletal disorder after back pain. Experts claim that “more than half of all adults have experienced neck pain during the past ...

Survey Weighs Health Clubs

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
According to a Consumer Reports survey, some pricey national health club chains don’t fare as well as private yoga, dance or Pilates studios. Gyms at local community centers, schools, workplaces and nonprofit centers (JCCs and YMCAs) also performed better among respondents in the Consumer Reports

Pedometers = Increased Activity

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
Fitness professionals have long advocated the use of pedometers to measure and improve daily physical activity, and now there is solid evidence to back this up. A study published in the November 21 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (2007; 298 [19], 2296–2304), sought to determine whether pedometers really do tri...

Wide-Grip Bench Press Risky?

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
While many professionals advocate the inclusion of varying ranges of motion and grip widths to improve strength and muscular hypertrophy, new evidence suggests that such practices may place exercisers at risk for serious injury. According to an article published in the October 2007 Strength...
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