Category: Fitness


No One Believes She’s 73!

April 10th, 2012 — 5:52am

Anne Jeffers has lived with osteoarthritis for 40 of her 73 years. But you’d never know it by the pace she keeps up.
She walks at least 2 miles every morning, a habit she started about 20 years ago. She does all her own housework, and most of her yard work. But that’s not all. Jeffers goes to a 45-minute water aerobics class 3 days a week. It is taught by an Arthritis Foundation certified aquatics instructor. Continue reading »

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Booming Fitness Market

March 20th, 2012 — 8:52am

In addition to the Surgeon General¹s Healthy People 2010 national campaign, exercise is being promoted by health professionals to prevent and treat obesity and other chronic illnesses. Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the health benefits of exercise, leading to a surge in the fitness market. Continue reading »

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Four Get Fit – Mary

February 20th, 2012 — 9:23am

Introduction
Hello. My name is Mary. I am 25 years old and am struggling to get my weight down after the birth of my three children. I have tried all kinds of diets. If you have heard of a pill, I have tried it. Right now I try to eat healthy foods. Continue reading »

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Benefits of Integrated Programming

February 7th, 2012 — 4:53am

A well-designed program can save companies money in workers compensation costs by reducing lost time claims due to cumulative trauma disorders and improved health status. Statistics show that companies with a comprehensive approach to wellness have the most return on their wellness dollar. K.R. Pelletier demonstrated in a recent review that 24 studies conducted from 1980 to 1991 and 24 studies from 1991 to 1993 indicated positive health benefits, as well as cost benefits. Continue reading »

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Making Collected Club Information Useful

January 23rd, 2012 — 9:08am

Clubs have collected lots of data on their club-oriented software. In some cases, hard copies are created with reams of printouts sitting on shelves — or worse, in offsite storage facilities. The data starts with club financials, and grows to membership data and then to usage. The lesson is that this data only becomes information when it is actually used. Continue reading »

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Using RPE with Clients

January 13th, 2012 — 6:13am

Should you use RPE with your clients? Like target heart rate, RPE has both strengths and weaknesses. Many personal trainers and exercise instructors use both target heart rate and RPE, hoping that one or both will connect with the wide range of clients they see. In your decisions on how to prescribe exercise intensity, consider the following questions: Continue reading »

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Aerobics at Any Age – It’s Never Too Late to Start! Post 3

November 9th, 2011 — 6:24am

*Investigating cardiorespiratory training in older people, it was found they had at least as great a response as younger subjects.

*Fitness can be achieved with continuous vigorous walking for regular periods of time each day, not matter what age or level of activity one has participated in before starting. Continue reading »

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Aerobics at Any Age – It’s Never Too Late to Start! Post 2

November 1st, 2011 — 7:41am

Ben dug up another bit of reinforcing information. Hypoxia is the diminished availability of oxygen to body tissues. He learned that hypoxia and aging cause similar declines in metabolism, such as decreased mental capacities. If he could bring more oxygen to his tissues by exercising, he might forestall mental function decline. Death in itself does not disturb him. Losing his “marbles” does! Continue reading »

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Aerobics at Any Age – It’s Never Too Late to Start! Post 1

October 25th, 2011 — 8:50am

Learning a New Word
“Aerobics” is a new word for Ben Carpenter. In his youth, he assumed that if he lived to be an octogenarian, he would know all there is to know. “I’m so old,” he keeps telling people, “I would remember when air was clean and sex was dirty, not the other way round. Continue reading »

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Strength Training for Swimming Post 2

September 23rd, 2011 — 5:39am

Some things to remember when you are lifting free weights — always get a spotter. Don’t be afraid to ask for one. The fitness staff is more than happy to help. Getting a spotter is the first step to safe and consistent lifting. Also remember to support your back at all times. Whether it is sitting at a bench to do your curls or overhead press, or making sure that you keep your knees bent and a stance that is shoulder-width apart, it will make a difference and protect the back. Continue reading »

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