Summer -- what a wonderful season to enjoy the outdoors and all the variety of physical activities that it brings. I feel fortunate to live in Montana and thoroughly enjoy this season of day hikes in Glacier National Park, water activities at our lake cabin, and being away from the treadmill and other indoor activities that dominate my winter exercise routine. Yet as the fall weather sets in, I will once again make good use of our medical fitness center’s indoor exercise opportunities, especially the running track and treadmills. In regard to treadmills, they are still one of the most used pieces of indoor exercise equipment. However, it is interesting to see the variety of movements that some people are doing on the treadmills such as backward and side walking/jogging, arm activities integrated into the workout, and jumping on and off a moving belt to incorporate other exercise activities. Our initial feature titled “Risks of Treadmills in Health/Fitness Facilities: Ready, Steady, Go?” points out that treadmill use, whereas relatively safe, is not benign. Authored by Betul Sekendiz, Ph.D., the article highlights a number of important risk management strategies for facility operators and fitness professionals to consider to minimize treadmill-related injury events.
Our second feature, “The Benefits of Body Mass Index and Waist Circumference in the Assessment of Health Risk” was elegantly penned by Mary S. Tuttle, M.S.; Alexander H.K. Montoye, Ph.D.; and Leonard A. Kaminsky, Ph.D., FACSM. One of the primary reasons individuals join a fitness center and/or seek out a personal trainer is to lose excess weight. This excellent article covers the use of the body mass index and waist circumference measures for identifying those with increased risk and for tracking progress toward each individual’s weight-related goals.
Continuing the topic of working with weight challenged individuals, our third feature article, written by Anastasia Dikareva, M.Sc and Ross E. Anderson, Ph.D., FACSM, covers a number of critical programming considerations for health and fitness professionals that are working with obese clients. Titled “Physical Activity Programming for Clients with Obesity: Considerations for Exercise Professionals,” the article highlights activity modifications that should be considered for this population.
Once again our exceptional group of associate editors has provided a variety of excellent columns filled with practical information that I hope you will enjoy reading through as much as I have. I also would like to encourage you to visit the journal’s web site where additional content and video is available for each issue. Looking ahead, the September/October edition will be our themed issue, this year focusing on resistance training. We have a tremendous set of feature articles and it is shaping up to be a stellar edition. Finally, as you read through each issue and an article or column really resonates with you, I encourage you to utilize your social media avenues to let your colleagues know.
Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM
Kalispell Regional Medical Center