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Functional Aging

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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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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Training coaching corrective exercises.

The Top 10 Corrective Exercises

By Justin Price, MA | June 29, 2021 |

How does corrective exercise programming fit into your business? Clients who are self-motivated to work hard are already star pupils. But what do you do when a client, because of injury, overuse patterns or some other type of dysfunction, can’t quite make it out of the gate? Many people want and need help with reducing pain in addition to meeting functional fitness goals. One goal dovetails into the other.

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Training women over 40

Training Loads for Women Over 40

By Amy Ashmore, PhD | March 11, 2020 |

Personal trainers often have female clients over the age of 40 who have similar complaints about losing muscle mass and gaining body fat. Although these changes aren’t unexpected and can be a normal part of the aging process, they are not inevitable. In fact, the right resistance-training program can positively affect body composition by reducing fat, maintaining and building muscle, and increasing strength in this population.

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