IDEA Fitness Journal

Biological Impact of Loneliness

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Scientists have long known that people who suffer from loneliness or social isolation have a higher mortality rate than people who don’t. What has not been known is whether loneliness has a direct biological impact on health or whether the effect is indirect, stemming from the fact that lonely people have fewer social resources (e.g., physical or economic help...

Natural Setting Frames Duke Integrative Medicine

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Duke Integrative Medicine Center in Durham, North Carolina, provides a unique model for how medical services can be delivered in a harmonious and integrated healing environment. Located on the Duke University campus, the center operates on the principle that mind, body, spirit and community are powerfully interrelated in both health and disease. The center blends it...

Meditation and Yoga Top Spa Body-Mind Programs

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Nineteen percent of American spas provide body-mind-spirit offerings, and meditation and yoga are the core services at those spas, according to the International Spa Association’s 2007 Spa Industry Study. Relaxation classes and tai chi are the next ...

2008 World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
This year, World Tai Chi and Qigong Day will be held on April 26. The mission of the event is to educate the world about emerging medical research on the health benefits of tai chi and qigong; to let people know about the increasing use of these ancient traditional Chinese medicine modalities in business, education, and penal and drug rehabilitation; to provide a gl...

Obesity May Affect Prostate Cancer Testing

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), prostate cancer took the lives of more than 27,000 men last year, and an estimated 220,000 new cases were identified. There is concern, however, that prostate cancer in obese men may go undetected because of inadequate screening processes. The NIH states that “prostate c...

Fitness, Not Fat, Better Predictor of Health in Older Adults

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
Your older-adult client’s fitness level may be more important than his or her level of body fat, according to a study in the December 5 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (2007; 298 (21), 2507–16). The study found that people over age 60 who had higher level...

Organizations Promote Exercise Prescriptions

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
Should your doctor prescribe exercise to you? The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association (AMA) think so. Toward that end, the organizations have launched a new program designed to encourage patients to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives. The program, Exercise is Medicine

Truly Private Training

by Ryan Halvorson
Subject: Nicki Anderson Company: Reality Fitness From Shakespeare to Shaping Up. Many years ago Nicki Anderson, owner of Reality Fitness in Naperville, Ill...

Top 6 Lessons for Coaching Runners

by Jason Karp, PhD
There’s a wrong way and a right way to do almost everything. For example, going down a park slide head first, throwing a paper airplane at your high-school teacher and not buying your twin brother a birthday present (claiming you forgot) could all be considered errors in judgment. As a physiologist and coach, I often see runners doing the wrong...

Online Marketing Tip

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
Did you build your own website from a template, and are you now wondering where all your visitors are? According to, an “online lead generator,” trying to build your own website is a marketing mistake that a lot of small businesses make. Enticing a website visitor to call on your business is “quite literally a science” and is often done incorrectly, according to the company. sa...
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