October

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Step Into Namasté

by Debra Orringer, MS
Do your participants think the strength and cardio sections are the only important aspects of step class? The cool-down can be just as important, if not more so. While there are infinite ways to cool the body down, why not try adding yoga moves for stretching, balance and stabilization? Begin cooling down with basic grapevines and step-touches within a smaller range of motion, but make the moves d...

Welcoming Winter Greens

by Diane Lofshult
In many parts of the country, autumn is giving way to winter, a time when fresh vegetables are harder to come by. However, this is the season to celebrate the arrival of winter greens on store shelves. Winter greens come in many varieties, including collards, escarole, kale and mustard greens. Comparing Winter Greens. Winter greens are cool-weather vegetables and are ava...

Create a Caboose to Curb Childhood Obesity

by Ryan Halvorson
Mom always said that when she was young she had to walk 5 miles to and from school, uphill both ways. The same can’t be said for kids these days. As confirmed by a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2007; 32 [6], 509–16), trends in school travel have not kept up with the rising rates of childhood obesity. The article analyzed data f...

Exercise Can Help Cut CAD Risk in People With MS

by Joy Keller
If you train clients who have multiple sclerosis (MS), your programming may be a primary way to help them avoid coronary artery disease (CAD). Researchers found that during an 8-week aerobic cycling regimen, people with mild to moderate MS improved their cardiovascular fitness and reduced their risk for CAD. Eleven MS patients and 11 non-MS controls (matched for age, sex and body mass in...

Exercise and Age-Related Prejudice

by Ryan Halvorson
While it may not be exactly fair, older adults who exercise are viewed more favorably than their sedentary cohorts, according to an article published in the June issue of the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology (2007; 29 [3], 333–47). British participants—180 men and 180 women—were randomly recruited from a busy shopping center and provided one of three written descriptions of a...

Injury Risk Increases With BMI

by Joy Keller
Overweight adults are significantly more likely to sustain injuries that require medical treatment than their normal-weight peers, according to a study in the May/June issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion (2007; 21 [5], 460). The risk is nearly twice as high for the extremely obese. Researchers analyzed data from a survey of medical ex­penditures administered by the...

It’s Okay for Obese Pregnant Women to Lose Weight

by Joy Keller
Pregnancy is an ideal time to start an exercise and fitness program, particularly for women who are obese. This is one conclusion of a small pilot study published in the June issue of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism (2007; 32 [3], 596–601). Researchers examined two groups of pregnant women who were obese and had gestational diabetes. Of the 96 participants, 39 dieted and ...

Strength Exercise May Slow ALS Progression

by Joy Keller
A small study published in the June 5 issue of Neurology (2007; 68, 2003–2007) found that individual strength training programs should be designed for people with early-stage ALS to allow them to maintain their independence and function for as long as possible. ALS, also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive, fatal neurodegenerative disease that causes muscles to weaken...

The Evolution of Fitness

by Ryan Halvorson
Subject: Vito La FataCompany: Fitness Evolution“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” —Charles DarwinKeeping Up With the Genes’s. It is not hard to grasp V...
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