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Web Design That Works

By Joe Dysart | February 29, 2004 |

Now that the Web as revolutionary business communication tool has become a fait accompli, a number of personal trainers have discovered ways to elevate the medium to world-class heights and create glistening icons of e-commerce.

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Yoga for Plus Sizes

By IDEA Authors | January 31, 2004 |

As a plus-size person, are you curious to try yoga but convinced it won’t work for your body? The good news is you can benefit from yoga’s positive physiological and psychological effects. Practicing yoga can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding ways for you to become healthy, build confidence and self-esteem, and sometimes achieve weight loss.

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Digital Mentoring

By Susan M. Tendy, EdD | January 31, 2004 |

Do you remember who taught you how to lead a group fitness class? Did you have a mentor who showed you the ropes? Maybe you obsessively took notes at fitness conventions or taught yourself by watching videotapes. Regardless, at one point or another we were all beginners—now it’s our turn to teach the next generation.…

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Multivitamins Help Heart Health

By April Durrett | January 31, 2004 |

Do you want to provide your clients with every possible tool for preventing cardiovascular disease? You might point them to research showing that a multivitamin may help.
A study published in The American Journal of Medicine in December 2003 (vol. 115, pp. 702-7) found that C-reactive protein (CRP), an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, can be reduced by simply taking a multivitamin. The study, led by Timothy Church, MD, MPH, PhD, of The Cooper Institute, showed that a group taking a 24-ingredient multivitamin reduced its CRP level by 32 percent.

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Eat Less to Live Longer

By Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD | January 31, 2004 |

In an era when everything from sport utility vehicles to hamburgers comes “supersized,” the notion that less is more may seem terribly out-of-date. But when it comes to calories, eating fewer may very well turn out to be a prescription for a longer—and healthier—life. The topic of calorie restriction has gotten a lot of attention…

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Update Your E-Mail for Free News

By IDEA Authors | December 31, 2003 |

By updating your e-mail address with IDEA, you can choose the IDEA information that you receive instantaneously. For example, you can have IDEA Fit Tips, the newsletter that keeps you up to date on current fitness news and IDEA activities, e-mailed to you every month.

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Preventing Muscle Soreness

By Mariana Shedden, MS | December 31, 2003 |

If you have just begun a fitness program, or perhaps started up again after a long holiday break, you may have become really sore after exercising. You are probably experiencing delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Is this discomfort a necessary part of exercising? Get the scoop from two experts at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque—Johndavid…

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Antiaging Rx

By Diane Lofshult | October 31, 2003 |

Take one dose of vitamin E daily and exercise regularly. That’s the prescription for staying young and healthy, according to a new study that appeared in the July issue of Biological Research for Nursing.

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Created Equally? Not Creatine Products

By April Durrett | October 31, 2003 |

Are any of your clients interested in supplementing with creatine? Then they should know about the new testing done by ConsumerLab.com, an independent evaluator of products that affect health and nutrition. The tests found problems with the majority of creatine products sold in liquid, effervescent and chewable forms. No problems were found in the standard powder products.

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Revising Dietary Guidelines, Food Pyramid

By April Durrett | October 31, 2003 |

You may have found that the Food Guide Pyramid serves as a handy tool to explain the basics of healthy eating to your clients. But note that the times are “a’changin’” and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is going along with the times by revamping the guidelines on which the pyramid is based, to make sure they reflect the latest scientific and medical knowledge. Currently in the revision process, the new guidelines are slated to be published in winter 2005.

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Celebrating Stillness

By IDEA Authors | October 31, 2003 |

Rush, rush, rush. Is your life so busy that sometimes you get lost in all the chaos? Give yourself the gift of still moments so you can better enjoy the rest of your life. Here are 10 simple ways to be still from Richard Mahler’s bookStillness: Daily Gifts of Solitude.

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Optimal Eating

By Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD | October 31, 2003 |

A registered dietitian is your best friend when it comes to suggesting dietary changes to your clients, but you can help them stay nourished around their sessions. Clients’ nutrition goals are as varied as their exercise programs. The chart on page 59 offers ideas that will produce optimal effects before, during and after your clients’…

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Confronting a Time Stealer

By IDEA Authors | October 31, 2003 |

Q:The teacher before me is running late again. Our back-to-back classes have only 10 minutes between them, and now my class will start late. What should I do? Barge in? Wait? My class participants expect me to do something. I need advice for handling this problem immediately, when the director isn’t around.

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Plateau? Get Unstuck

By IDEA Authors | September 30, 2003 |

It’s bound to happen. After months of enjoying strength gains, weight loss and the wonderful feeling of growing more flexible, you suddenly feel stuck. All the exciting changes have come to a halt, and you feel frustrated and discouraged. Your great new exercise habits are in danger of lapsing into good intentions. What’s going on?

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Golden Opportunities

By Diane Lofshult | September 30, 2003 |

Today’s older adults are a frisky and diversified bunch, according to a recent poll conducted by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. Here’s a look at the most popular sports and athletic activities (based on participation frequency) among Americans 55 and older, for the year 2002:

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Global Inspiration

By IDEA Authors | September 30, 2003 |

If you think there is nothing left in this great big world that can light a fire under your cross trainers, you obviously didn’t attend the IDEA World Fitness & Personal Trainer Convention this year in Anaheim. More than 3,000 attendees soaked up 324 progressive sessions in between trips to the water cooler and the…

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The 2003 IDEA World Fitness & Personal Trainer Convention®

By Sandy Todd Webster | September 30, 2003 |

Disney’s California Adventure and the Magic Kingdom may have been just down the street, but the real fun was unfolding in the Anaheim Convention Center for an energized mix of global fitness professionals. With more than 3,000 personal fitness trainers (PFTs) and their health and fitness colleagues from 50 different countries learning, shopping, connecting and…

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Test your Calorie IQ

By IDEA Authors | September 30, 2003 |

You undoubtedly know that if you consume more calories than you burn, you will gain weight—and if you do the opposite, you will lose weight. But do you know where calories come from and what the best way to burn them is? Take the following quiz, based on information from Carole A. Conn, PhD, RD,…

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