1. Time Flies! Seems like yesterday (at least to me), but
November 2017 marks the first decade of the Exercise is Medicine® (EIM)
initiative. Be sure to read this issue’s Health & Fitness from A to Z column
“Exercise is Medicine® – Ten Years and Counting: Looking Back, Moving Forward”
to learn more about the history of EIM, where it is going and how you can play
a role in the next decade.
2. Critical Vital Sign! Although the physical activity vital
sign (PAVS) has been slowly gaining momentum, it is well positioned to gain additional
traction as primary care shifts to a stronger preventive approach in the years
ahead. As the most powerful medication we have, it is critical that as fitness professionals
we continue to support the EIM initiative and encourage all providers to
assess, prescribe, and refer their patients for PA coaching and counseling.
3. And the Winner Is? For the 12th consecutive year, Walter
R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, reveals the top 20 health and fitness trends as
identified by an international survey of health and fitness professionals.
Seventeen trends continue to populate the top 20, whereas three new trends have
joined the group. Don’t miss reading through Walt’s feature article, “Worldwide
Survey of Fitness Trends for 2018: The CREP Edition.”
4. It’s still a “HIIT”:OK, I’mgiving one away, perhaps no
surprise to anyone, high intensity interval training (HIIT) has grabbed the top
spot for 2018. Used for decades by endurance athletes, HIIT continues to gain
popularity throughout the fitness industry as a time-effective training
5. What is good for you, may not be for me! With today’s
abundance of acute and chronic health conditions, selection of appropriate resistance
training and other exercises can be challenging. Many textbook activities that
are good for the masses may be harmful for some individuals compromised by musculoskeletal
or other health conditions. Thus, knowing how to adapt exercises and choose
alternatives is critical when working with these populations. D. Michael Jett,
Jr., M.S.; Jessica Gibb, M.S.; and David E. Verrill, M.S., discuss this
challenge and provide several excellent activity adaptations in their feature
article, “Evidence-based Alternatives to Popular Exercises.”
6. Stop the Saboteurs! Changing health behaviors can be
challenging, and far too often, people are derailed in their efforts by other
people and circumstances. This is particularly true with weight loss efforts.
Justin Kompf, M.S., shares some excellent insight into these challenges in his
feature article, “Self-Regulation Strategies for Barriers to Weight Loss.”
7. Not Another Disruption! Exercise, good nutrition, and
other positive health behaviors can easily be sidetracked when the unexpected
occurs. Planning ahead for “when” (not if) such disruptions happen is critical
toward maintaining consistency and not giving in. This issue’s Enhancing Your
Behavioral Toolkit column, elegantly penned by Janet Buckworth, Ph.D., FACSM,
covers this important topic. I am sure you will enjoy reading through her column,
“Staying on Track: Creating a Practical Plan B,” as I have.
8. Recognizing the “Wake-up Call”: Far too many people live
in a state of health denial and let the gradual creep of time overtake them with
serious health conditions. Ann M. Swank, Ph.D., FACSM, and Franklin Muntis,
M.S., discuss the critical importance of annual wellness checks and taking action
to preserve our personal health. Don’t miss reading this issue’s Clinical
Applications column, “A Personal Story of How I Found Motivation for Lasting
Change,” and encourage your clients to make and keep those life-saving wellness
visits with a primary care provider, regardless of their age.
9. “Achoo, Acciu, Atchoum, Atjo”! Ah yes, the ever-dreaded
internationally known cold symptoms, and winter is soon to be on us! David C.
Nieman, Dr.P.H., FACSM, gives us one more excellent reason to be physically
active in his Medical Report column, “The Common Cold is Less Common Among the
10. THANK YOU Ann M. Swank, Ph.D., FACSM! This month marks
the final Clinical Applications column to be penned by Associate Editor Ann
Swank. Seems that she is ready to enter into a new phase of life, active
retirement! So, thank you Ann for all of your exceptional service to ACSM’s
Health & Fitness Journal®. We will miss your excellent insights. And a
special welcome to Kristi M. King, Ph.D., CHES, who will be replacing Ann as associate
editor for this column beginning with the March/April 2018 issue.
Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM
Kalispell Regional Medical Center