WARM-WATER TRAINING IMPROVES PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS
A recent study published in the July 2007 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, the official scientific journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, studied the effects of aquatic training on subjects with fibromyalgia.
The aim of the study was to test the short-term gains of exercising in waist-high warm water for a 12-week period, which was followed by another 12-week period of inactivity. Thirty-five female patients with fibromyalgia, which is a disorder characterized by aching muscles, fatigue, and body aches, participated in the study. The subjects in the exercise group performed one hour of low-to-moderate intensity exercises three times per week. At the end of the first 12 weeks, the patients were instructed to avoid further training for 12 weeks.
After 12 weeks of aquatic training, there were significant physical and emotional improvements, including physical function, body pain, social function, and mental health. After the period of inactivity, the researchers found that improvements in fitness were not sustained. However, positive gains on body pain and emotional problems did not decrease.
The findings of this study show that physical and psychological improvements are possible for patients with fibromyalgia through regular exercise. To view the complete Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® article, visit www.acsm-healthfitness.org.
THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SPORTS MEDICINE PARTNERS WITH THE INCLUSIVE FITNESS COALITION
The Inclusive Fitness Coalition (IFC) was formed to address policy, environmental, and societal issues associated with the lack of inclusion and access to physical activity among people with disabilities.
The substantial health benefits of regular physical activity are well documented and actively promoted among the general population. Historically, people with disabilities have not been included in these efforts to increase physical activity and promote healthy lifestyles. Yet, the more than 50 million people with disabilities in the United States face even far greater health risks associated with sedentary lifestyles. Even if people with disabilities want to exercise, participate in a sport, go to a gym, or just enjoy the outdoors, they often confront barriers to participation.
If your organization is interested in joining IFC, visit www.incfit.org/node/34 and complete the IFC membership application. Upon determination that your organization has mission, goals, and/or activities related to those of IFC, you will become an official member. Coalition membership is free. For more information about IFC, visit www.incfit.org.
SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS FOR PUBLICATION
Would you like to see your health and fitness photos appear in ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®? The Journal is now accepting photo submissions for publication consideration. We are interested in photographs of activities at gyms, wellness centers, and medical facilities, as well as photos of health and fitness professionals at work, people of all ages exercising indoors and outdoors, personal trainers assisting clients, and more. For those in academia, encourage your students to submit photos too!
To find out more about the Journal's photo submission requirements, check out www.acsm-healthfitness.org and click on "Get Your Photos Published."