Departments: From the Editor
Ten Thoughts From Reading Through This Issue
- 1. Give Your Clients an Outdoor Exercise Prescription: It is Fun, Refreshing, and Good for Their Health! We are all aware that exercise is our most powerful medication, and it’s even better when taken in the Great Outdoors. This issue’s Health & Fitness from A to Z column, written by Andrew W. Bailey, Ph.D.; Garner Cox, B.S.; and Gary Liguori, Ph.D., FACSM, provides some thought-provoking information on outdoor recreation. Be sure to read, “Exercising in The Outdoors: A Win-Win For Communities and Individuals.”
- 2. Periodically, We Should Pause, Reflect, and Celebrate! In many of our communities, slipping just under the radar of notoriety are health and fitness programs that have had significant positive impacts on the people they serve. Dixie Stanforth, Ph.D., FACSM and Kelsey Graham, M.Ed., CHES, share three of these stories in their feature article, “Celebrate Success!” I am sure you will enjoy reading these extraordinary stories and will learn from them as I have.
- 3. Have a Story to Share? Our feature article “Celebrate Success!” is a kickoff for a new column that will appear in every other issue of the Journal. Managed by authors Dixie Stanforth, Ph.D., FACSM and Kelsey Graham, M.Ed., CHES, the column will focus on sharing success stories from around the world that all of us can learn from. Allow us to celebrate with you by sending your story for consideration to HFJournal@acsm.org. Writing instructions appear at the end of the feature article, "Celebrate Success!".
- 4. He Who Coaches Himself May Have a Fool for An Athlete! With spring upon us, many people are beginning to prepare for running races. With a few exceptions, coaching one’s self can lead to poor performance and injury, for too often, we are not rational with ourselves (at least I’m not!). Janet Hamilton, M.A. and Paul Sorace, M.S., FACSM provide some excellent and practical training tips for your clients in their feature article, “Time to Step It Up? Training for a Half-Marathon Personal Record.”
- 5. The Elusive Good Night of Sleep: It’s my Puppy’s Fault! Well, at least for the moment as we raise our new Norwegian Elkhound; however, chronic insomnia may be an issue of poor sleep hygiene as well. Be sure to read “Behavioral Strategies, Including Exercise, for Addressing Insomnia,” penned by Rachel Markwald, Ph.D.; Imran Iftikhar, M.D.; and Shawn D. Youngstedt, Ph.D. They share some great information that you can pass along to your clients.
- 6. Shoulder Girdle Stability – Soooo Important. Associate Editor Peter Ronai, M.S., FACSM, covers the correct technique for performing “The Prone Shoulder I Exercise” in this issue’s Do It Right column — an important exercise in promoting shoulder girdle stability. Along with informative pictures in the article, video demonstrations are available for viewing on the Journal’s Web site.
- 7. All-or-none Thinking: Puts Your Clients at Risk for Relapse. Associate Editor Janet Buckworth, Ph.D., FACSM, shares some important insights you can use to help your clients prevent undoing their newly adopted positive health habits. Be sure to read Dr. Buckworth’s Enhancing Your Behavioral Toolkit column. Hopefully, you won’t see yourself in her examples as I did!
- 8. “Exercise Deficit Disorder”: It’s Time to Stand Up to Reality! Our Medical Report column, penned by Gregory Walker, M.D.; Andrea Stracciolini, M.D.; Avery Faigenbaum, Ed.D., FACSM; and Greg Myer, Ph.D., FACSM, shares some provocative thoughts regarding our disease-centric health care system and its minimal long-term health impact on our sedentary youth. We are at a point of urgency that requires collaboration for early identification and effective treatment of physical inactivity. Be sure to read “Physical Inactivity in Youth: Can Exercise Deficit Disorder Alter the Way We View Preventative Care?”
- 9. Let’s Collaborate: Perhaps one of the keys to combating Exercise Deficit Disorder in children and youth is for health and fitness professionals and our schools to collaborate on strategies that stimulate students to exercise and adopt lifelong physical activity. Kristi M. King, Ph.D., CHES and Daniela Terson de Paleville, Ph.D., share a few thoughts in their Clinical Applications column, “Partnering with Schools to Implement Physical Activity Interventions.”
- 10. Get the Skinny on Your Skin!! Read this issue’s Take Ten column elegantly written by James A. Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM; I know you will enjoy it!
Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM,
Kalispell Regional Medical Center
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