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Steps and Weight Loss

Stepping and Weight Loss

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | June 8, 2020 |

New research shows that, while increasing steps to 4,400 steps per day enhances longevity (and walking more does have numerous health benefits), adding steps without increasing intensity or changing other lifestyle habits may not lead to weight loss.

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Nicole Simonin and Colleen Donofrio

Losses and Gains

By Sarah Kolvas | May 13, 2020 |

Starting a fitness program can be daunting, especially when your only exercise is the occasional walk or yoga class. But when Colleen Donofrio, then 57, heard about personal trainer Nicole Simonin’s successful program, Shape It Up, her motivation to improve her health—and her yoga poses—outweighed her fears.

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Exercise recover methods

Alternate Exercise Recovery Methods

By No Author | May 13, 2020 |

You may be used to speeding up your exercise recovery via methods such as myofascial release with foam rollers and good sleep hygiene. While these techniques are tried-and-true, the rising enthusiasm for hard-hitting exercise routines has spawned a growing interest in alternative recovery techniques. Pete McCall, MS, personal trainer, exercise physiologist and an adjunct faculty member in exercise science at both Mesa Community College and San Diego State University, outlines six options for you to consider.

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May 2020 IDEA Member Spotlight

By No Author | May 1, 2020 |

Not many fit pros quote a witch for inspiration, but Sue Singer knows that Glinda (the Good Witch of the South) had it right when she told her “client” (Dorothy Gale, of course), “You’ve always had the power, my dear; you just had to learn it for yourself.”

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High intensity interval walking

Interval Walking in Midlife and Beyond

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | May 1, 2020 |

For middle-aged and older adults who may not want to run, new research in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings (2019; 94 [12], 2413–26) shows that high-intensity interval walking effectively improves health and fitness. The protocol for this type of walking is 3 minutes at 70% of VO2max followed by 3 minutes at 40% of VO2max, repeated for 5 or more sets.

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ReHIT training

Is REHIT Training Effective?

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | May 1, 2020 |

REHIT is a new training approach influenced by high-intensity interval training (HIIT), particularly its time-saving aspect. While a typical HIIT program lasts 30 minutes, a REHIT session consists of two or three 10- to 20- second sprints, separated by up to 3 minutes of recovery, in a 10-minute cardio session. Some experts believe this reduced-exertion approach may attract people who are inactive, have a chronic disease or simply lack time.

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