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Self-Care Tips for Summer

By Kate Watson | June 10, 2021 |

This past year has been a long haul for you and your clients, and now is a great time to review some self-care tips. Summer is coming, and people across the country are breathing a little more easily. Stay safe and enjoy the reopening with these suggestions from IDEA authors and presenters. Of course, continue…

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Pandemic Stress Among Clients?

By Kate Watson | May 20, 2021 |

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 2019 (Panchal et al. 2021). Most likely, some of your clients have struggled to stay steady through lockdowns and job…

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How to Help Someone Who Is Grieving

By Zoey Trap, MSc | May 6, 2021 |

Sooner or later, most of us lose someone we care about, and since the start of the pandemic, loss has visited more of us than ever. The pain can be overwhelming, and we may feel nothing will ever be normal again. Losing someone we love is a highly personal experience, and no two people cope…

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Health and Wellness Coaching Approved as Healthcare Service

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | January 27, 2020 |

Health and wellness coaching has hit an important professional milestone. The AMA has officially recognized the role of health and wellness coaches as nonphysician healthcare professionals by approving procedural codes for tracking health and well-being coaching services. This means that health and wellness coaches who are certified by either the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) or by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. are recognized as Category III healthcare professionals.

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HELP! I Can’t Meditate… I’ve Tried

By Ell Graniel | January 6, 2020 |

It’s easy to understand how some folks can believe that statement to be true. It’s a lot like how some say, “I can’t exercise. I’m uncoordinated.” Or, “I can’t do yoga. My muscles are too tight.” It makes sense that when you believe there is only one way to accomplish something, it’s easy to feel defeated.

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How to Increase Confidence and Fitness Class Size

By Andrea Blair Cirignano | October 17, 2019 |

Group fitness instructors have a reputation for being fearless extroverts. And it does take self-confidence to stand in front of a group of people and lead them through an exercise routine—all while wearing a mic and managing a playlist. The truth is that we’re performing, but that doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Some of us need to fake it till we make it!

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Fitness Predicts Longevity After 70

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | October 15, 2019 |

Most adults over age 70 have multiple risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or diabetes, but experts note that knowing the total number of risk factors is not helpful for predicting future health. By contrast, knowing how fit a person is can be predictive, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session in March 2019.

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Muscular Strength and Mental Well-Being

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | October 15, 2019 |

In a study of midlife women in Singapore, weak upper- and lower-body strength was associated with depression and anxiety. Researchers analyzed data from 1,159 healthy women ages 45–69 for physical activity, physical performance, lifestyle choices, reproductive health, sociodemographic characteristics, and depression and anxiety symptoms. Weak handgrip strength and poor lower-body strength were associated with elevated symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. Fifteen percent of participants reported depression and/or anxiety.

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