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The National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) has signed on to show support for H.R. 1499, the Physical Activity Recommendations for Americans Act, as part of the organization’s ongoing mission to promote healthier lifestyle habits and fitness levels within the U.S. population. The Physical Activity Recommendations for Americans Act requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publish comprehensive physical activity recommendations every ten years based on the most current research and evidence. Additionally, the Secretary will issue a midcourse report that outlines best practices and ongoing issues related to physical activity to keep the U.S. population on track within the ten-year period. This legislation could have a major role in combatting the growing obesity epidemic by recommending explicit guidelines for children, adults, seniors and individuals with assorted disabilities. The bill would also require the recommendations to be used within applicable federal health programs to provide a physical activity framework.
New findings by McMaster University researchers published online in the journal PLOS ONE may refute the common excuse for not getting in shape; there may indeed be enough time in any person’s day to work out. Interestingly, the team found a single minute of very intense exercise may produce health benefits similar to a much longer, traditional endurance training bout. The investigators set out to determine how sprint interval training (SIT) compared to moderate-intensity continuous training (MICT), as recommended in public health guidelines. They examined the impact on cardiorespiratory fitness and insulin sensitivity.
There are numerous squatting activities a personal trainer can choose from to help their client develop lower body strength and movement competence. The Bulgarian squat is an excellent choice for establishing foundational proficiency due to the fact that it compensates for many of the issues seen with fitness enthusiasts and athletes alike. Due to the fact that the exercise requires a split stance it accounts for pelvic instability and incorrect trunk stabilizing common of a traditional squat. The split stance places a significant stretch upon the hip flexors while activation patterns promote strength similar to a full-ROM lunge.
A new Endocrine Society study by researchers from Tel Aviv University showed that a diet high in whey protein outperformed two other isocaloric diets (one high in non-whey protein and one high in complex carbohydrates) for weight loss and long-term glucose control among patients with type 2 diabetes. According to lead researcher Daniela Jakubowicz, consuming a high-protein breakfast, medium lunch and a small dinner clearly demonstrates success for weight loss; however, their new study has shown that following the same dietary protocol with whey is more efficient and has a more powerful effect on reducing hyperglycemia following meals.
New research published in the journal Circulation suggested that binge-drinking at least six cocktails in one night can increase the risk for cardiovascular complications including heart attacks or strokes for up to seven days. According to the analysis, even one drink seems to increase the odds for cardiovascular problems over the next 24 hours when compared with abstinence; however, after the initial 24 hour period, habitual moderate drinkers (2-4 beverages each day) seemed to actually experience a lower risk of the same problems over the next week compared to those who drank nothing at all. “The impact of alcohol on your risk of heart attacks and strokes depends on how much and how often you drink,” said lead study author Elizabeth Mostofsky of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. Current public health recommendations advise consumption of no more than two drinks per day for men and no more than one drink per day for non-pregnant women.
Most people working in the fitness industry today are well aware that social media serves an important role in marketing and self-promotion. This is especially true for individuals who run their own private business or operate a fitness studio. The “social fitness” phenomenon has had a profound impact on several sectors of the fitness industry affecting how people choose to participate in health and fitness behaviors. Fitness is migrating from a predominantly private activity performed at the gym, to a socially interactive experiences engaged in non-conventional environments. This trend has been in part driven by changes in ideals and desires among Millennials (generally defined as those born between about 1980 and 2000). Millennials comprise nearly 25% of the US population, now outnumbering Baby Boomers, and it is estimated that they will represent nearly 33% of all retail sales in the next few years. This means they have the power to guide the entire landscape of retail - including fitness-related services.
Fitness technology has migrated from gloried pedometers to more capable data collection appliances. Consumers now consider them a part of the experience as indicated by reaching the top ranks among anticipated fitness trends for 2016. A variety of products have hit the market designed to help people reach their fitness goals more efficiently including smartwatches, apps and wearables to help fitness enthusiasts gain performance through various means.
In recent times nutrient deficiencies and the prevalence of many infectious diseases have been significantly reduced. Conversely, the rates of chronic diseases related to poor quality diet and physical inactivity have actually increased. Nearly half of all American adults suffer from one of these types of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease or obesity. Thankfully, a large body of evidence clearly shows that following a healthy eating pattern (combined with regular physical activity) can greatly reduce the risk of chronic disease throughout all stages of the lifespan.