Mind-Body / Recovery
Discover more about the advantages of social connections in fitness spaces and how you can make them more available to your clients.
An online survey of people during the pandemic shows a relationship between declining exercise and mental health outcomes.
The vast majority of you are not only fitness professionals—you’re entrepreneurs, too. That’s quite a balancing act depending on your knowledge and comfort level when it comes to building, marketing and running a successful business….
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…
Studies have examined the many qualitative benefits of Pilates practice. How do these benefits come into play with Pilates for athletes?
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…
If you’re wondering what a MELT class is like, it’s not a silly question. Chances are MELT will feel familiar but also unlike anything else you’ve done before. We use a soft roller, but MELT is not foam rolling. We’re moving our bodies, but it’s not stretching and we don’t even consider it a workout. So no wonder there’s a bit of mystery around what it’s actually like.
Breathing is something we do every minute without actively or consciously thinking about it, but it’s a fascinating process that is essential to life. Here we look at some of the different breathing techniques and explain how you and your clients can harness the breath to calm the mind, fuel the body and gain a competitive edge.
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?…
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….
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.
As the world puts one foot in front of another after the pandemic, it’s critical to address mental and emotional health and wellness.
Compassionate coaching involves recognizing the needs of another person, feeling empathy for that individual and taking action to help.
The past couple years have been a long haul for you and your clients, and now is a great time to review some self-care tips. Enjoy the summer with these suggestions from IDEA authors and…
A connection exists between chronotype and diet. If you fall into the evening category, your preference may not bode well for your diet.
Looking at the connection between fitness and brain health for kids, researchers discovered that fit children did better on cognitive exams.
People who have different sleep patterns on the weekends than they do during the workweek may experience “social jet lag.”
Studies continue to reveal a strong connection between physical activity and brain fitness—and now between inactivity and distractibility.
Fitness specialists need to understand the interrelationship of exercise recovery and training, including active and nonactive techniques.
As U.S. COVID-19 cases surged in the winter of 2020, pandemic stress rates rose steeply. In January, about 4 in 10 adults reported symptoms of depression or anxiety. That’s four times as many as in June…