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Health Benefits of Green Exercise

By Shelby Spears | October 11, 2021 |

the proliferation of “green exercise” programming resulting from mandated gym closures during COVID-19 has been striking and, by many, welcomed. Like so many of the adaptations that have evolved during this era of pivots, exercising outside is likely here to stay and will give gym owners, fitness entrepreneurs and clients alike more options for creative programming moving forward. Fit pros can use these ideas to keep green exercise sessions fun, safe and productive.

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Exercising with Hearing Loss

Training Clients with Hearing Loss

By Judy Minich | October 1, 2021 |

Effectively training clients requires us to listen to their needs, but equally important is the knowledge that they can hear you clearly. And then consider those whose hearing loss may make them feel excluded from the fitness world.

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Three people sitting in meditation.

Meditation Basics

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA | September 22, 2021 |

What Is Meditation? Meditation is an approach to training the mind, similar to the way fitness is an approach to training the body. Someone with no knowledge of fitness tools and methods may think her lack of strength or endurance is inevitable; she may not see that it could change with consistent training and a…

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Families and fitness

10 Ways to Help Families Change

By Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD | September 22, 2021 |

Families need you! A growing body of research makes it clear: Families provide a powerful force in supporting—or opposing—better health behaviors. Indeed, the authors of a state-of-the-art review in a prestigious cardiology journal call families “a linchpin for cardiovascular health promotion throughout the life course” (Vedanthan et al. 2016). Whether you work primarily with children,…

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Fall prevention training helps seniors stay active.

Fall Prevention for Older Adults

By Judy Minich | August 24, 2021 |

Fall prevention is a vital part of functional training for your aging clients. Changes in communication between the nervous and muscular systems as age we are likely to result in a loss of balance, which is a risk factor in the older population. Kyle Stull, DHSc, a content development manager at NASM and an instructor for the Department of Health and Human Performance at Concordia University, offers some practical advice in training clients for fall prevention.  

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Woman performing Pilates training on a reformer.

Pilates Training Is a Game-Changer

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA | August 19, 2021 |

Strong evidence shows that Pilates training is an effective conditioning method for healthy individuals, particularly those wanting to increase core stability. Furthermore, Pilates can be a game-changer for athletes. Benefits of Pilates Training Here’s a quick look at some of the evidence-based benefits of this style of exercise: Builds Muscular Strength and Endurance Multiple studies…

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Enjoyable exercise can lift mood and improve neuroplasticity in adults.

Exercise Boosts Neuroplasticity, Helping Depression

By Kate Watson | August 12, 2021 |

In studying physical activity’s effect on depression, researchers from Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany found that exercise simultaneously lifts mood and boosts neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to change. It is neuroplasticity that lets us adapt to challenges and learn new processes. With its key findings, this research provides further evidence that physical activity benefits the brain. The…

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Creating Inclusivity in Fitness

Create Inclusivity for Special Populations

By Maria Luque, PhD, MS, CHES | August 3, 2021 |

More than ever, creating inclusivity is vital to the fitness industry.  And, even more importantly, it’s vital to the people we want to help.

Think it of this way: More than 70% of Americans don’t exercise enough to obtain a health benefit (Laskowski 2012). Why is this percentage so high when it’s well-known that even a small amount of physical activity can improve and even prevent some chronic diseases?

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Diverse group doing tai chi outdoors.

Tai Chi Is Good for Older Adults

By Cody Sipe, PhD | July 8, 2021 |

Why tai chi? These Chinese movement patterns have been around for centuries. In recent years, study after study has proven their benefits—particularly for older exercisers—yet most fitness professionals seem to know little about the practice. That’s too bad, because just about any fitness client can learn tai chi, and any fitness professional can teach it.…

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Arthritis and Exercise

By Judy Minich | July 8, 2021 |

Arthritis is a major health concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23% of all adults in the U.S., more than 54 million people, have arthritis. As a fitness professional, you can make a difference. Both the CDC and the Arthritis Foundation (arthritis.org) agree that exercise is an important tool in arthritis pain management and prevention.

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Person with bad posture

Posture Correction for Static Damage

By Justin Price, MA | July 7, 2021 |

The word posture tends to evoke the image of a schoolgirl standing perfectly erect with a book on her head. More accurately, static posture refers to the way in which a person holds his or her body or assumes certain positions, such as sitting, standing or sleeping. The cumulative effect of the time spent in certain positions can lead to prolonged static-posture damage to both the musculoskeletal and myofascial systems of the body.

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