As I begin my second year as editor-in-chief of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®
and reflect on the past year I am deeply appreciative of our
outstanding group of associate editors, editorial board members, and all
of the talented authors that have provided exceptional content to the Journal.
Each of you deserves a hefty thank-you! As editor-in-chief I have had
the privilege of reading through each of the articles and columns that
appear in this issue of the Journal and while I highlight a few
key points below, I certainly wouldn't want you to miss out on any of
the tremendous information provided in this issue. Thus I hope the
following highlights serve to whet your appetite to read this issue
cover to cover.
1. Our client's perspective is critical to our coaching success
experienced exercise professionals we are passionate about fitness and
highly motivated to maximize our own health and well-being. We "know"
what needs to be done and this passion typically bleeds into our client
encounters as we strive to infuse our love for activity into their
less-active lifestyle. But this "expert" approach, while genuine and
passionate, isn't working. This issue's Business Edge column by Jennifer L. Bacon, M.S., in a very provocative way encourages us to start "thinking like a non-exerciser."
2. Green Exercise: Clean, healthy, and fun!
exercise is considered to be "green exercise" as these activities
provide numerous benefits to each participant, can be refreshing and
fun, and for the most part are easy on the environment. Be sure to read
"Go Green with Outdoor Activity," by Kelsey Brown, M.Ed. and Dixie
Stanforth, Ph.D. to learn more.
3. Exercise your creativity outdoors; it will enhance your physical and mental well-being.
ways to exercise are abundant in every outdoor environment – we just
need to open our eyes and imagination. A few years back a colleague sent
me a video link of an incredible, yet simple, circuit of exercises an
elderly gentleman had created in his backyard. Consisting of activities
that utilized balance, agility, strength, power, aerobic/anaerobic
energy, and quick thinking – it looked like a fun challenge. Perhaps
something I should consider putting together!
4. Peruvian Andes: Outdoors but challenged by altitude
trekking, biking, and skiing while undertaken in scenic environments
can be breathtaking, by both beauty and elevation. As we venture into
the high places the relative weight of the air column decreases
(expressed as the barometric pressure) and affects our ability to
saturate our blood with needed oxygen, especially during exertion. Our
rate and depth of breathing increases, physical exertion becomes more
challenging, and symptoms such as nausea, headache, dizziness, and other
discomforts may occur.
5. Symptoms can be minimized with a little forethought and preparation
you can't change the environmental dynamics as you venture higher, you
may be able to protect yourself with a little advanced preparation. I
encourage you to read the article, "High Altitude Recreation: What to
Expect at the Top!" by Devon A. Dobrosielski, Ph.D.; Madelyn Heyman,
B.S.; and Angela Humpert, B.S., where you will discover a few important
tips to pass on to your clients.
6. Scope of Practice: Something to be conscious of
outside your specific scope of practice places you at risk of legal
action, both criminal and civil claims, and these are associated with a
number of potential penalties that can be costly, both financially and
in regard to your professional career. This issue's Legal Aspects
column by Anthony A. Abbott, Ed.D., FACSM, FNSCA, provides some thought
provoking information in this regard in part I of a two-part column.
7. Collaboration and teamwork is best
professionals and RDNs provide the best service to their clients when
they work together as part of a medical, athletic, or fitness/wellness
team. As professionals, we need to look for more opportunities to engage
this collaborative approach and resist the temptation to provide
coaching/counseling advice that is outside our scope of expertise. The
feature, "Drawing the Line: Understanding the Scope of Practice among
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Exercise Professionals," is a
"must read" article for all of us.
8. A Key Resource: The Dietary Guidelines for Americans
it is critical that fitness professionals remain within their specific
scope of practice, we can help clients and patients with information
that increases their awareness of the key recommendations presented
within the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Barbara Bushman, Ph.D.,
FACSM, in her Wouldn't You Like to Know column does a superb job of covering the 8th edition of the guidelines that was released in early 2016.
is so much more, I sincerely hope you will enjoy reading through each
feature article and column as I have. And, I encourage you to visit the Journal's web site to garner additional content and video.
Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM
Kalispell Regional Medical Center