Here are 11 insights I had while reading this issue:
1. Consistency Over Time: Critical to being FIT! In this issue's Fitness Focus column, Grace DeSimone, B.A., shares the importance of applying the FITT principle one bite at a time. Be sure to share this practical column with your clients.
2. Hydration: Essential to life; too often misunderstood! Although maintaining appropriate hydration is essential to performance, health, and ultimately life, it is frequently misunderstood and misapplied. This issue's Health & Fitness A to Z column, nicely penned by Sarah Amin, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Gary Liguori, Ph.D., FACSM, reviews the historical trends and recommendations regarding fluid intake.
3. Aligning with health care can be challenging! Exercise professionals should be working closely with medical providers to offer appropriate exercise counseling to physically inactive patients. Yet to date a variety of barriers have challenged this relationship. Cherie D. Pettitt, Ed.D., and Elizabeth Joy, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM, share some important insights regarding this relationship in their two-part series. Be sure to read their feature article, "Connecting Health Care and Health and Fitness Professionals: Part I — Current Challenges and Barriers."
4. Muscularity Quandary: Men and weight lifting anxiety. For some men, the drive for muscularity results in varying levels of anxiety when considering or actually participating in resistance training. Alex Cyr, Krista Munroe-Chandler, Ph.D., and Kimberley Gammage, Ph.D., provide some insightful information regarding anxiety in men in their feature article "Might Plight: Social Anxiety Felt by Men in the Weight Lifting Environment."
5. Exercise: Important yet underutilized in rheumatoid arthritis! Exercise as Medicine has utility with all chronic disease conditions including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). To learn more about the application of exercise in RA, be sure to read "Exercise Programming for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Considerations for Health Care Professionals," written by Nathan A. Chiarlitti, M.Sc.; Alexandra Sirois, M.S.; Ross E. Andersen, Ph.D., FACSM; and Susan J. Bartlett, Ph.D.
6. The Lat Pulldown: A seemingly simple exercise, but too often undertaken incorrectly. A glance around the weight room at people doing their lat pulldowns quickly reveals numerous examples of poor technique. Help your clients appropriately utilize this important exercise by reading this issue's Do It Right column masterfully penned by Peter Ronai, M.S., FACSM, where he shares the proper technique and a few teaching hints for the lat pulldown.
7. Do You Understand Your Why? Getting clients to regularly exercise can be challenging, often exacerbated by our professional expert approach. Michelle L. Segar, Ph.D., MPH, M.S., in this issue's Enhancing Your Behavioral Toolkit column, shares a practical framework from which you can coach your clients to success.
8. Chronic Pain: Exercise will help! Opioid prescriptions are a common treatment for people challenged by chronic pain yet they abound in health risks. Mounting evidence suggests that nonopioid treatments, such as exercise, may have better long-term effects and outcomes. Kristi McClary King, Ph.D., CHES, and Olivia Estill, M.S., in this issue's Clinical Applications column, discuss "Exercise as a Treatment for Chronic Pain."
9. Wellness Coaching: A profession whose time has come! Margaret Moore, founder and CEO of Wellcoaches, has been instrumental in developing wellness coaching into a critical health care profession. Learn more about the story behind Wellcoaches in this issue's Celebrate Success! column.
10. Case Studies: Your chance to dig deeper. Associate Editor Yuri Feito, Ph.D., MPH, FACSM, in this issue's ACSM Certification column launches the first of a series of case studies that will provide you with insight into exercise programming for a variety of clients. This initial case study will be reviewed in a panel session at ACSM's International Health & Fitness Summit in Chicago.
11. I Love to Laugh, ha, ha, ha!! Laughter is filled with health benefits, yet we seem to lose sight of it as pressures arise and we grow older. Be sure to read Take Ten by James A. Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM, to learn more about a pill that is fun to swallow, "10 Things You May Not Know About Laughter"!