10 Thoughts That Emerged While Reading Our July/August Issue
1. Dynapenia: A Childhood Challenge? The term dynapenia is frequently used to emphasize the life-changing consequences of low muscle strength and compromised muscular power in older adults. However, this challenge may not be limited to older adults and, in fact, may be a significant consequence of physical inactivity in children and adolescents, leading to functional limitations throughout their life span. Avery D. Faigenbaum, Ed.D., FACSM, and Laura Bruno, Ed.D., emphasize the critical importance of strength and power-building activities for youth in their article, "A FUNdamental Approach for Treating Pediatric Dynapenia in Kids."
2. FUN in FUNdamental: A Key Focus for Youth Exercise Programs. There is nothing worse than the boring "run a few laps" or "lift a few weights" for kids. And, unfortunately, many playgrounds promote more sedentary time than actual "physical play." However, with a little creativity, exercise professionals can introduce a variety of games, and fun physical movements promote strength and power development and enhance youth participation in moderate-vigorous physical activities. Drs. Faigenbaum and Bruno introduce a variety of animal movements that promote strength and power development in youth in a FUN fashion that kids will enjoy.
3. Sleep: Underappreciated, Yet Key to Health and Fitness! Getting adequate sleep and nutritional intake are key elements of good health, yet greatly underappreciated, especially in college students and younger adults. Advancing technology may assist with developing health habits that support these key health elements. This issue's Health & Fitness From A to Z column penned by Sue K. Adams, Ph.D.; Gary Liguori, Ph.D., FACSM; and Ingrid E. Lofgren, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., discusses the use of technology as tools that potentially can encourage young adults to sleep and eat healthy.
4. Tracking Apps/Devices and Behavior Science: More Powerful When Used Together. Many people start an activity routine because of an external motivator (my doctor told me to lose weight) and often are encouraged to get started by using a tracking device without identifying their true "why" for adopting this new behavior. And, far too often, the app/device use is short lived, at times becomes a demotivator, and nearly always old habits are revitalized. Michelle Segar, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., discusses the importance of combining behavior change science with the use of these tracking tools to help clients journey toward successful and lasting active lifestyles. You won't want to miss reading her article, "Activity Tracking + Motivation Science: Allies to Keep People Moving for a Lifetime."
5. People Living With HIV Can, and Should Exercise. Medicine significantly has advanced the life span of people with HIV and the opportunity to maintain an enjoyable lifestyle. Research indicates that regular exercise is important and can be undertaken without harm or illness in this population. Jason R. Jaggers, Ph.D., M.S. and Kristi King, Ph.D., M.S., provide valuable insight and recommendations for working with people with HIV. Be sure to read their column, "Strategies for Increasing Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles for the Individual With HIV."
6. Water: A Key Element of Life, Except When One Is Submerged! Many fitness facilities have swimming pools and provide classes/lessons that promote water safety. Ironically, many preventable drowning incidents occur in these same pools, often due to inadequate staff training, emergency preparation, and lifeguard distraction. The Legal Aspects column penned by Anthony A. Abbott, Ed.D., FACSM, presents a number of unfortunate aquatic events that emphasize the importance of "being prepared and attentive."
7. Low Back Challenges? Don't Neglect the Posterior Chain! One of the most prevalent conditions that adversely affects people and sends them seeking medical care and medication relief is an acute bout of low back pain. Although contradictory to many, exercise and time are most often the best treatment approaches. The posterior chain (glutes and lumbar extensors) is far too frequently underappreciated as a key element that supports back health. Be sure to read the Medical Report column by Charity Lane, M.S., M.A., and John Mayer, D.C., Ph.D., FACSM, to gain a bit of insight into these important exercises.
8. The Power Snatch: An Excellent Lower Body Power Exercise, When Done Correctly! Although the power snatch and other similar exercises are becoming increasingly popular, a look around the weight room often reveals many people using less than ideal form. Peter Ronai, M.S., FACSM, reviews the proper technique for performing this important exercise in his Do It Right column. Along with reading through the column, be sure to visit the Web site for video demonstrations on how to correctly perform this exercise.
9. Summer Has Arrived! And, along with the warmer weather (sure glad the snow finally has melted!) comes the opportunity for your clients to exercise and recreate outdoors (yea). Be sure to clip the Fitness Focus column by Grace T. DeSimone, B.A., and give it to your clients; it provides a number of important tips for exercising in the heat.
10. ACSM's Health & Fitness Summit & Expo: An Exceptional Conference, Packed With Practical Information. This issue of the Journal presents a pictorial highlight of ACSM's 2017 Health & Fitness Summit & Expo. The presenters and activity classes were tremendous as were the excellent preconferences that were offered. If you missed this year, be sure to clear your calendar for April 5 to 8, 2018, when next year's Summit will be hosted in Washington DC at the Hyatt Regency in Arlington, VA.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge the passing of Robert Sweetgall, one of the great promoters of physical activity and walking in America. Robert walked across America a total of 7 times and twice walked nearly 11,000 miles through all 50 states in a year, carrying only a fanny pack. He authored 19 books, making him America's leading advocate of walking for wellness and founded Creative Walking, Inc. to create and present walking and wellness programs. Robert's most recent book was co-authored with Barry Franklin, Ph.D., FACSM, One Heart, Two Feet, an exceptional primer on cardiovascular health. To read more about Robert, click here: http://tinyurl.com/Sweetgall.
Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM
Kalispell Regional Medical Center