Ten Musings from Reading This Issue
1. Look back, pound in a stake, and move forward into 2023! Grace T. DeSimone, B.A., ACSM-CPT, ACSM-GEI, challenges us to use our past experience to move our individual health journeys forward in 2023 in this issue's Fitness Focus column, “New Year, Wiser You". A great column to share with your clients and patients.
2. So, it's winter; there are still plenty of opportunities to move! Winter provides an excellent opportunity for your clients to try something new. Associate Editor Charles J. Fountaine, Ph.D., FACSM, shares ten fun activities in this issue's Take Ten column, “Ten Ideas to Stay Physically Active During Winter (5 for Snow Lovers, 5 for Snowbirds)". Well, guess I don't have any excuses this winter!
3. And the number one fitness trend for 2023 is? You'll need to read the article to find out! For the 17th consecutive year, ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® and Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, conducted a worldwide survey of fitness trends, which has produced some interesting findings. Find out the top trend and more by reading the feature article penned by Dr. Thompson, “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2023".
4. What fitness trends are hot around the globe? Led by Vanessa M. (Martinez) Kercher, Ph.D., M.Ed., FACSM, ACSM-EP, CHWC, “ACSM's Global Survey of Fitness Trends" provides interesting fitness trend comparisons from seven international regions. A huge thank you to the international trend survey team of: Kyle Kercher, Ph.D., ACSM-EP, CPT, CSCS, PMP, CHWC; Paul Levy, M.P.H.; Trevor Bennion, D.H.Sc.; Chris Alexander, ESSAM, AEP, AES; Paulo Costa Amaral, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.Sc.; Alexios Batrakoulis, Ph.D., M.S., ACSM-EP, ACSM-CPT, ACSM-EIM; Lino Francisco JacoboGómez Chávez, Ph.D.; Paola Cortés-Almanzar, Ph.D.; Jorge López Haro, B.Sc., M.Sc.; Adrián Ricardo Pelayo Zavalza, M.S.; Luis Eduardo Aguirre Rodríguez, B.Sc.; Susana Franco, Ph.D.; Rita Santos-Rocha, Ph.D.; Fátima Ramalho, Ph.D.; Vera Simões, Ph.D.; Isabel Vieira, M.Sc.; Liliana Ramos, Ph.D.; Oscar L. Veiga, Ph.D., M.Sc.; Manel Valcarce-Torrente, Ph.D., M.Sc.; and Alejandro Romero-Cabellero, Ph.D., M.Sc. A great read with some very interesting common trends across the regions.
5. Get those poles out! Associate Editor Mary M. Yoke, Ph.D., FACSM, M.A., M.M., discusses three interesting research studies in this issue's Research Bites column including one that highlights the benefits of Nordic walking.
6. An excellent coffee break read! Stella L. Volpe, Ph.D., RDN, FACSM, ACSM-CEP, reviews the potential benefits of caffeine consumption in this issue's A Nutritionist's View column, “Caffeine and Exercise Performance". Time for that second cup!
7. Social media influencing: not without risk! In this issue's Fitness Safety column, “Fitness/Wellness Professionals as Social Media Content Creators and Influencers", Julia Buchanan, Ph.D., ACSM-EP, EIM-II, MCHES, NBC-HWC; Hongyoung Kim, M.S., CFSM; and JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP, discuss the risks associated with social media communication and provide strategies for minimizing risk.
8.Critical components for maximizing a member's experience. Providing an exceptional experience for every facility user is a standard goal across the health and fitness industry. Patrick Freeman, B.S., CSCS, NCSF-CPT, shares a few important strategies that all fitness facilities should have in place in this issue's Business Edge column, “Best Practices for Fitness Center Safety and Equipment Maintenance".
9. Key principles you should consider for worksite program planning. Nico P. Pronk, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP and Joel B. Spoonheim, MUP, review nine key principles that organizations should consider, and associated experiences garnered by Health Partners business units in this issue's Worksite Health Promotion column, “Implementing Change Using Best Practice Program Design Principles".
10. THANK YOU! A huge thank you to Associate Editor-in-Chief Paul M. Gallo, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM-EP, ACSM-CEP, ACSM-GEI; Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM; and Vanessa M. Kercher, Ph.D., M.Ed., FACSM, ACSM-EP, CHWC, for their leadership in producing this special issue on Fitness Trends. And to Lori Tish for coordinating the survey implementation and keeping all of us on track!
Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM
Logan Regional Medical Center