Nine Things that Struck Me While Reading This Issue
1. Reduced Resiliency and Professional Burnout: A hot topic; are you at risk? Our fast-paced, high-demand occupational environments have created significant stress on work-life balance, and far too often, this results in poor lifestyle habits, reduced resiliency, and professional burnout. Cynthia Allen, Ph.D., ACSM-CPT, discusses this challenge and provides a number of practical strategies that you can adopt and share with your clients in her feature article, “A Fitness Professional’s Guide to Recognizing and Coping with Job Burnout.”
2. “NO?”: The most challenging two-letter word in the dictionary! I don’t know about you, but for some reason, turning down opportunities to take on projects and other work is challenging for me to do. Cynthia Allen, Ph.D., ACSM-CPT, reminds me in her article of the importance of “learning to say no” to prevent over committing myself in a way that impacts the quality of my work and others that are most important to me. Be sure to read her article to gain additional insights.
3. Exertional Rhabdomyolysis: Be aware, and, most importantly, protect your clients! The current popularity of high-intensity, aggressive workouts places participants, especially the deconditioned, at increased risk of skeletal muscle damage and exertional rhabdomyolysis. As fitness professionals, we have a duty to protect our clients by providing appropriate exercise guidance, so they do not fall victim to the “too much, too soon, too intense” trap. Make it a priority to read the feature article, “Exertional (Exercise-Induced) Rhabdomyolysis,” written by Brian C. Rider, Ph.D.; Adam M. Coughlin, Ph.D.; Chad Carlson, Ph.D.; and Tamara Hew-Butler, DPM, Ph.D., FACSM.
4. Advancements in heart rate monitoring via wearable technology provide expanded monitoring/tracking opportunities. Although there are a variety of valid methods for gauging exercise intensity, the advancement of wearable technology has made HR a viable everyday option to use with clients. Jennifer L. Scheid, Ph.D. and Emma O’Donnell, Ph.D. review the current status of HR monitoring in their feature article, “Revisiting Heart Rate Target Zones Through the Lens of Wearable Technology.”
5. Staff Retention: Perhaps your most important business strategy! Finding and hiring new staff that fit your organization’s culture and provide exceptional service and quality can be challenging and expensive. Thus, it is critical that health and fitness managers support their staff in a way that maximizes trust, facilitates success, refines skills, and ultimately provides clients, patients, and members with the service and quality they deserve. This issue’s Business Edge column, “Are You Serving Your Internal Customers,” penned by guest editor Patrick Freeman, B.S. shares some important insights into this critical management area.
6. The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: A must read for every exercise professional. Associate Editor Barbara A. Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, reviews the development ofthe2018PhysicalActivityGuidelinesforAmericans (PAGA) in this issue’s Wouldn’t You Like to Know column. Initially released in 2008, the 2018 PAGA reinforce the importance of physical activity for every American and the depth of supporting evidence. As health and fitness professionals, it is our responsibility to encourage those we are privileged to associate with to live a physically active lifestyle. Be sure to read Barbara’s column to become more familiar with this important resource.
7. Workplace Positivity and Gratitude: Strongly associated with physical activity. Published, peer-reviewed data strongly suggest that physically active employees are generally more productive, more engaged, and more positive than their less-active co-workers. Nico P. Pronk, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP, and co-authors Eric G. Bender, B.A. and Abigail S. Katz, Ph.D., share a few insights regarding the worksite benefits of a physically active workforce in this issue’s Worksite Health Promotion column.
8. “Brad, eat your cauliflower or there is no dessert." (And of course, dessert was a bowl of fruit!) Yes, parental wisdom we have all heard, and it turns out they were correct. Stella L. Volpe, Ph.D., RDN, LDN, ACSM-CEP, FACSM, discusses the critical importance of fruit and vegetable intake as part of our daily energy consumption. Be sure to read A Nutritionist’s View to gain a little more insight into why mom was right! Then, take your clients to the farmers market.
9. The Shoulder: An amazing joint that we place a multitude of demands on. No wonder it hurts! James A. Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM, shares a number of interesting facts about our shoulders in this issue’s eloquently penned Take Ten column. You will gain a variety of insights to share with your clients.