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Using Glycemic Index to Improve Athletic Performance

By Melinda M. Manore, PhD, RD, FACSM | October 31, 2004 |

With all the hype today about protein being the most vital nutrient for athletes
(not true, by the way), many athletes
are beginning to look at carbohydrates
differently. The truth is, carbohydrates play an essential role in the diet because they are a key source of energy and provide the glucose necessary to replace the glycogen lost during training and competition.

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Body Composition Assessment and Relationship to Disease

By Jessica Smith, ME | October 31, 2004 |

Our quest for knowledge regarding body composition and how it affects our propensity for disease and overall health has intensified in recent years, driven in large part by the desire to better understand health concerns and risk of disability associated with obesity (Goodpaster 2002). Indeed, research has focused not only on absolute measures of fat and fat-free mass but also on how the distribution of these affects our risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer, to name a few.

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Exercise After-Burn: A Research Update

By Chantal A. Vella, PhD | October 31, 2004 |

Just pick up a recent trade magazine and you are almost sure to read about a new exercise program that will accelerate the rate at which you burn fat after you complete a workout. Although this promise is enticing to the exerciser seeking optimal weight loss, rarely is there any scientific evidence validating a particular workout’s postexercise capability to “incinerate fat.”

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When Personal Trainers Leave

By Krista Popowych | October 31, 2004 |

When personal trainers leave your organization, clients may also leave. Owing to the relationships fostered during one- on-one training, it is not uncommon for clients to feel compelled to continue training with the same personal trainers, regardless of where the trainers work. Unfortunately, all client departures hurt organizations financially. Lost clients mean lost revenues. From…

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Website Templates

By Joe Dysart | October 31, 2004 |

While the first “prefab” websites had all the design panache of a Ford Edsel, today’s offerings can literally give your Web presence the look and feel of a Fortune 500 firm for under $100. The days when top Web designers wouldn’t return your calls for less than $10,000 are long gone—it’s a buyer’s market for…

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Skinny Dip: Cantaloupe Chutney

By Diane Lofshult | October 31, 2004 |

Serve this tasty chutney
as a dip or as a topping for
whole grains, steamed veggies,
chicken, fish or tofu.
4 cups diced cantaloupe
(about 1 melon)
1⁄3 cup golden raisins
1⁄3 cup minced red onion
1⁄4 cup sugar
1⁄4 cup water
3 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin

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tomato and white bean soup

By Diane Lofshult | September 30, 2004 |

1⁄2 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon (tsp) olive oil
1⁄2 cup thinly sliced celery
1⁄2 cup thinly sliced carrot
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
1 can (28 ounces)
diced tomatoes in juice
2 1⁄2 cups water
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1⁄2 tsp dried cumin
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 can (15 ounces) white
(cannellini or Great Northern) beans,
rinsed and drained

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cooking quick, healthy meals at home

By Milton Stokes, RD | September 30, 2004 |

Does your car practically steer itself to the nearest fast-food joint when you’re driving home from work? Are you on a first-name basis with the counter staff at your local hamburger haven? If so, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone in the fast-food lane. These days, we’re all short on time and suckers for a quick meal—your clients included.

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Super Fantastic!

By IDEA Authors | September 30, 2004 |

Y’all ready for this?Attitude was
everything at
the 2004
IDEA World
Fitness Convention®.
“Repeat after me!”
commanded 2004 IDEA World Fitness Convention
keynote speaker Keith Harrell.
“Gimme the good news!” he led. With spirit, the crowd followed suit.
“When you change your attitude, you change feelings,” he yelled. The volume of the room’s collective answer grew.

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exercising with arthritis

By IDEA Authors | September 30, 2004 |

Do you have arthritis? You’re not alone. Approximately 42.7 million Americans have arthritis, as well as millions of people around the world. Doctors now commonly prescribe exercise to alleviate arthritis symptoms. However, it can be confusing to know what type of exercise to do and how much is helpful.

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Five Steps to Effective Delegation

By IDEA Authors | August 31, 2004 |

When you think about delegating a job, is your motive to simply unload some of your own work? According to author Greg Balanko-Dickson, it shouldn’t be. He says it should be more about gaining cooperation to achieve a goal. It’s an opportunity for the business owner or manager to
empower the individual
motivate (inspire an employee to new levels of performance and responsibility)
encourage an employee in the delegation process

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food after fifty

By Kristine Clark, PhD, RD | August 31, 2004 |

In a 1984 snapshot taken as he crossed the finish line of a half marathon, 40-year-old Peter Larson looked “lean and mean” at 162 pounds. Now, 20 years later, Larson weighs in at 192 pounds. So what’s changed? For Larson, like millions of aging Baby Boomers who are losing the battle of the bulge, caloric intake no longer matches energy expenditure.

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eat less to live longer?

By IDEA Authors | August 31, 2004 |

At a time when everything from sport utility vehicles to hamburgers comes “supersized,” the notion that less is more may seem out-of-date to some Americans. But when it comes to calories, eating fewer just might be a prescription for a longer, healthier life. Learn about the theory and research behind calorie restriction from Jenna A. Bell-Wilson, PhD, RD, LD, and assistant professor of medical dietetics at Ohio State University.

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Veggie pita pizzas

By IDEA Authors | August 31, 2004 |

veggie pita pizzas

4 whole-wheat pita bread rounds
1 cup prepared pasta sauce (with vegetables)
1⁄2 red bell pepper, finely diced
1 small zucchini, finely diced
1 small yellow summer squash, finely diced
2 1⁄2 – to 3-ounce jar or can of sliced mushrooms, drained
1 teaspoon (tsp) dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1⁄2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
8 tsp grated Parmesan cheese

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Tricks of the Trade

By IDEA Authors | August 31, 2004 |

The best networking I do with trainers is at industry events or certification workshops. The settings are naturally conducive to meeting and discussing ideas with others in the field. With regard to branching out to other health professionals, I am quite lucky to have been a long-term patient of a top-notch local chiropractor. It is quite easy networking with him. In fact, my very first client was his wife!

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Personal Digital Assistants

By Joe Dysart | August 31, 2004 |

If you’ve ever wished you could carry your office on your belt, a personal
digital assistant (PDA) may be just
what you need. More powerful than the
computer used to land Apollo 11 on
the moon, PDAs can pretty much knock out any work you’d ordinarily
do on a personal computer (PC)—and still fit in the palm of your hand.

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Financing Your New Business

By Justin Price, MA | August 31, 2004 |

You’ve decided to start your own personal training business. You’ve conducted a realistic assessment of the market and created a working business plan, so you know how much money you need to finance your start-up. Where do you get that money?

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A Veteran Trainer Shares His Insight

By IDEA Authors | August 31, 2004 |

Personal training in my small coastal community has been very challenging, yet rewarding, since I started my business in January 2004. We are beginning to set ourselves up as health and fitness industry leaders in the area. I just recently began heavily networking with local business owners, hotels and physicians. I have also attended personal…

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