Predictors of Exercise Adherence

Health |

Some recent work has confirmed important information that is supported by comprehensive research reviews.9,20It was determined that three important factors help toexplain whether a person will drop out of, or stay with, an exercise program.5 These variables must be addressed if you seek to empower members for long-term exercise success. (more…)

Dan’s Journal Week Six

Sport |

This past week has been difficult in terms of my nutritional and fitness program, due to entertaining some out-of-town house guests.

A made a halfhearted effort to exercise on Sunday, but because I had too large a lunch that day, I just wasn’t able to exercise to expectations comfortably, so I backed it down a bit. (more…)

Yes, Charge Extra

Sport |

Most of the respondents who think it is OK to charge extra for specialty group classes think so because fitness facilities usually pay more for these types of instructors. Says one facility owner/manager, “It is certainly within reason to charge more for a specialty class, because the instructor has obtained the higher certification, and the club often pays the instructor [more] per class.” (more…)

Using THR for Exercise Intensity

Health |

When you exercise, your heart beats faster to meet the demands of your muscles for more blood and oxygen. The more intense the exercise bout, the faster your heart beats. Thus, all factors considered, monitoring your heart rate during exercise provides a very accurate reflection of the metabolic intensity of the exercise. Several techniques can be used to determine an appropriate target heart rate. (more…)

Folate Fortification Not Without Controversy

Women's Health |

Folic acid, a B vitamin, is known to be protective against certain birth defects — neural tube defects (NTDs) — that develop early in pregnancy. A new study published in the August 1999 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirms that folic acid fortification significantly raises the folate levels of women and suggests that only an extra 100 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid a day could benefit women in their childbearing years. (more…)