10 Thoughts I Had While Reading This Issue
1. The “Lassie Effect”: Dogs + Kids = FUN Physical Activity! Associate Editor Barbara Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, discusses in her Wouldn’t You Like to Know column how a strong canine partnership might encourage physical activity in children and youth. Sure brought out the “kid” in me!
2. Help your clients “GET SMART!” Be sure to clip and share the Fitness Focus column, written by Associate Editor Grace T. DeSimone, B.S., with your clients and help them better understand how to set achievable and effective goals.
3. High-Intensity Exercise? Perhaps not for everyone! Although HIIT has become increasingly popular over the past few years, research over the past 15 years has demonstrated that higher intensity exercise and physical activity are associated with “less pleasure” and for some, less adherence to an activity program. Matthew A. Ladwig, M.S.; Mark E. Hartman, M.S., M.A.; and Panteleimon Ekkekakis, Ph.D., discuss the concept of choosing an exercise intensity based on how it makes the exerciser feel (pleasure-displeasure) rather than a standard moderate-vigorous exercise prescription. Be sure to read their excellent article, “Affect-based Exercise Prescription: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?”
4. People (at least me!) often act irrationally, choosing short-term pleasure over long-term health. Elizabeth Hathaway, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.Ed. and Michael Fedewa, Ph.D., in their article “Role of Behavioral Economics in Understanding and Working with Clients” introduce the concept of behavior economics and how it can provide the fitness professional with a novel view into a person’s complex world of choices.
5. NUDGING your clients? Well, it works! Read the article by Drs. Hathaway and Fedewa to learn more about it.
6. Wearable Activity Monitors and Apps: One Size Does NOT Fit All! Elizabeth J. Lyons, Ph.D. and Maria C. Swartz, Ph.D., M.P.H, provide practical insight into helping your clients evaluate and choose activity monitors and apps that can augment the behavior change strategies within their “SMART” goals. Don’t miss reading the article “Motivational Dynamics of Wearable Activity Monitors.”
7. Gamification: Interesting? Meaningful? Fun? Or Demotivating? Drs. Lyons and Swartz share a “RECIPE” that will assist you in helping your client determine what, if any, gamification will improve their autonomous motivation.
8. Families that “MOVE” together are more likely to “thrive” together. Youth and their caregiver(s) exercising together promotes long-term adoption in physical activity, and all enjoy the health benefits derived from physically moving together. “Engaging the Family to Promote Child Physical Activity,” penned by Keeley Jean Pratt, Ph.D.; Jennifer Cotto, M.S; and Jacqueline Goodway, Ph.D., emphasizes the importance of “family-based care and physical activity.”
9. Reality Check: Some people are NEVER going to “love to exercise!” Thus, helping your client discover his/her true why or meaningfulness in exercising is critically important in guiding and supporting his/her efforts. Anna Wasserkampf, M.Sc; Marlene N. Silva, Ph.D; and Pedro J. Teixeira, Ph.D., share some important insight into understanding the various reasons people choose to exercise in their article “Changing the Quality of Motivation Over Time in Health and Fitness Settings.”
10. A HUGE THANK YOU to Bryan Blissmer, Ph.D., FACSM, for serving as the guest editor for our themed issue on behavior change. Bryan has pulled together an exceptional group of feature article authors, and together, they have produced this stellar issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®. As noted in my brief comments here, this issue is packed with practical information. So, my sincere thanks and appreciation goes to Bryan and the wonderful team of authors he worked with to provide us with this exceptional issue on behavior change!
Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM
Kalispell Regional Medical Center