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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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Weight Training Q & A

By Jason Karp, PhD | June 30, 2003 |

Weight training is an extremely beneficial form of exercise but can be confusing if you’ve never done it. Jason R. Karp, MS, PhD student, college lecturer and track and field coach, answers frequently asked questions to start you on the right track. (Ask a personal trainer to set up a program specifically for you.)

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Yoga for Athletes

By IDEA Authors | April 30, 2003 |

1. Understand How Yoga Benefits Athletes. The postures, breathing and inner focus of yoga can help balance, strengthen and restore overtaxed muscles, joints and ligaments. In addition to elongating tight, fatigued and shortened muscles, yoga helps calm and clear the mind.

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Slash Your Stress Level

By IDEA Authors | March 31, 2003 |

Feeling stressed? Maybe you can’t get to sleep, worry more than before, suffer from shoulder tension or feel overwhelmed? Although the best response to stress may be to juggle fewer activities, you can’t always cut down on what you do. You can, however, trick your stress alarm system into thinking you are doing less. Use these tips from Janet Lapp, PhD, professional speaker, author of Plant Your Feet Firmly in Mid-Air and publisher of The Change Letter, to help alleviate stress.

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Overcoming the Fear Factor

By IDEA Authors | March 31, 2003 |

Fear of failure stops many people from exercising or trying new activities. According to David E. Conroy, PhD—assistant professor of kinesiology and director of the sport psychology lab at Pennsylvania State University, University Park—they may specifically fear the shame and embarrassment that come with failure. They may be afraid that they won’t fulfill their ideal self-image. The thought of not doing well at exercise may make them anxious that they are not as competent as they believed and lower their self-esteem.

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Boning Up on Calcium

By IDEA Authors | January 31, 2003 |

ou’ve probably heard that 1 in every 2 women and 1 in 8 men will suffer from a bad bone fracture caused by osteoporosis. What can you do, diet wise, to help your bones stay healthy? Here’s the lowdownfrom Liz Applegate, PhD, a nationally known expert on nutritionand fitness, who is a faculty member of the nutrition departmentat the University of California at Davis, and author of Encyclopedia of Sports and Fitness Nutrition (Prima Publishing, December 2002).

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Boosting Your Immune System

By IDEA Authors | January 31, 2003 |

Do you always feel as if you have just recovered from one cold when another comes along? Luckily, according to Jenna Bell-Wilson, MS, RD, LD, media representative for the New Mexico Dietetic Association and doctoral student in exercise physiology at the University of New Mexico, eating foods rich in four special nutrients can enhance your immune system:

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Get Active, Lose Weight

By IDEA Authors | December 31, 2002 |

You’ve heard all about the dangers of being overweight and how exercise can help, but you just can’t seem to get motivated, because it seems so strenuous! The good news is that even a small amount of exercise can make a big difference. Physical activity contributes to weight loss, especially when it is combined with…

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Cholesterol and Exercise, Client Handout

By IDEA Authors | August 31, 2002 |

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o you have–or want to avoid–high cholesterol? Last year, when the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued new criteria for categorizing cholesterol levels as healthy or unhealthy, many more Americans suddenly found themselves in the high-cholesterol category. The good news is that exercise can help. Fitness experts Chantal A. Vella, MS, and Len Kravitz, PhD, of the University …

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Feeding the Teen Spirit

By IDEA Authors | April 30, 2002 |

By providing sound direction, good food sources and a nurturing environment, parents can help ensure that teens make healthy dietary decisions now and develop good eating habits that last a lifetime. To offer your teens optimal support with their nutrition, use these tips from Jenna A. Bell-Wilson, MS, RD, LD, consultant for New Mexico Sports and Wellness in Albuquerque and Southwest C.A.R.E. Center in Santa Fe.

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Moving Beyond Roadblocks, Client Handout

By IDEA Authors | March 31, 2002 |

You want to exercise regularly, but you keep encountering roadblocks—those persuasive excuses you come up with for not sticking to your plan. To make exercise part of your life, you need to identify your roadblocks and find ways to move beyond them. Sherri McMillan, MSc, co-owner of Northwest Personal Training & Fitness Education in Vancouver, Washington, and 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, offers some help:

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When Drugs and Exercise Collide

By IDEA Authors | February 28, 2002 |

You probably know that problems can occur when you combine different drugs or use certain drugs in conjunction with certain foods. Yet are you aware that a wide variety of commonly used drugs—including prescription, over-the-counter and herbal products—can affect your response to exercise, potentially increasing your risk of injury? Discover how to stay safe using these tips from Carol Krucoff, coauthor of Healing Moves: How to Cure, Relieve and Prevent Common Ailments With Exercise (Harmony Books, 2000).

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Working Out Through Menopause

By IDEA Authors | January 31, 2002 |

For many women, menopause is uncomfortable. Drops in estrogen levels can trigger mood swings, hot flashes, weight gain, sleep loss or fatigue. Menopause is also associated with an increased risk for osteoporosis and heart disease. The good news? Research shows that exercise can help. Karen Bram, a fitness professional in Gainesville, Florida, lists some good reasons to work out during this life stage and offers tips on how to approach an exercise program.

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Are You Ready to Exercise?

By IDEA Authors | December 31, 2001 |

Studies have shown that seven out of 10 people who start an exercise program drop out within a few months. One problem is that most people jump into exercise without doing any planning up front. They’re just not prepared for the commitment involved. Are you ready to make exercise part of your lifestyle?

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