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Yoga for older adults in their 60s and 70s may have a significant positive effect on fitness after 9–12 weeks of practice.
An overview of what scientific evidence supports, common breathing dysfunctions and a sampling of effective breathwork exercises.
If you’d like to elevate your fitness services, adding yoga for seniors will set you apart and help your older clients even more.
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.
Looking at the connection between fitness and brain health for kids, researchers discovered that fit children did better on cognitive exams.
Studies continue to reveal a strong connection between physical activity and brain fitness—and now between inactivity and distractibility.
People who stayed active during pandemic lockdowns maintained their brain fitness and were less likely to experience subjective memory loss.
Keep promoting the mental health benefits of physical activity, as researchers find a link between exercise and depression.
Pilates and mind-body movement to keep your clients engaged, motivated and eager to keep moving with you in-person and virtually.
“Running has important positive implications for mental health, particularly depression and anxiety disorders,” note authors of a comprehensive study.
Your clients may feel fairly stressed after being quarantined, so why not advocate for their overall health by encouraging them to be active in nature?
As fitness professionals, we face the challenge of competing for our clients’ attention. People often have a difficult time focusing on the present moment and are unwilling to disconnect. Research reveals what neuroscientists and psychologists have identified about technology-addicted behavior and which activities can provide relief. Read on to gather information and tips for you and your clients.
Practicing yoga benefits both brain structure and function by increasing grey matter in brain regions responsible for memory recall and emotion regulation, among other changes, according to research findings published in Brain Plasticity (2019; doi:10.3233/BPL-190084). Researchers at the University of Illinois and Wayne State University reviewed 11 studies that examined the effects of yoga on brain structures, function and cerebral blood flow.
Here’s another reason to encourage exercise enthusiasts not to overtrain. New research shows that cognitive fatigue is as much an effect of overtraining as physical fatigue.
High-intensity interval training and variably challenging, high-intensity workout programs continue to be popular because they produce the results that clients want. High-intensity exercises can be effective, but they place a lot of stress on the physiological systems of the body. Proper recovery is therefore important.
Are happiness exercises part of your training program design? Does that question seem odd? As you embark on a new year of helping clients work toward their fitness resolutions, this is the perfect time to pause and consider how you can use every tool at your disposal to make sure people succeed. Your toolbox includes harnessing the power of positivity to promote physical activity.
Thousands of fitness professionals consider the IDEA World Convention to be the best investment they can make to further their careers. That’s largely because the event delivers robust, multilevel education covering all facets of the industry. But there’s more to it than that, according to fitness industry veteran and this year’s IDEA Jack LaLanne Award recipient, Jay Blahnik.
You’re a forward-thinking, highly skilled professional who works tirelessly to Inspire the World to Fitness®. After hustling for clients, teaching countless classes and paying bills, the question is, what do you do for yourself to make sure the passion that drove you to become a fitness leader continues to burn bright?