Twelve Insights into this Issue
1. Hiking: a great way to move. For far too many individuals, the pandemic has resulted in a lack of physical activity and even weight gain. Summer and fall provide wonderful weather to get out and enjoy outdoor activities. This issue's Fitness Focus column, penned by Joanne Bednar, M.S., ACSM-EP, EIM-II, provides your clients with excellent hiking tips to enjoy all that nature has provided. So, clip and share “Optimize Nature's Fitness Center."
2. Alzheimer's disease, a challenging condition for individuals and their caregivers. Perhaps one of the greatest fears many individuals have is losing their cognitive function. In this issue's Wouldn't You Like to Know column, “Alzheimer's Disease and Physical Activity," Barbara Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, reviews the current research regarding the preventive and treatment impact of physical activity on this devastating condition. An important read as we all know someone or have family affected by this condition.
3. The “skinny" on skin cancer. Cases of preventable skin cancer continue to rise at a rapid rate due to environmental sun exposure. Jim Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM shares ten important pieces of information regarding sunburn in this issue's Take Ten column, “10 Things to Know about Sunburn." Important information for you and your clients!
4. Well, this article sheds a bit of light on my exercise habits. Understanding your client's personality traits may augment your exercise guidance and support your client's adherence to their program. A'Naja Newsome, M.S.; Marcus Kilpatrick, Ph.D., FACSM; Gianna Mastrofini, B.S.; and Kathryn Wilson, Ph.D., share, in a delightful way, some wonderful insights regarding personality traits and exercise in their feature article, “Personality Traits and Physical Activity: Helping Exercise Professionals Maximize Client Outcomes."
5. Livestreaming: A new skill for fitness professionals to polish. Many fitness facilities and exercise professionals were caught unprepared for the abrupt pandemic-driven industry pivot to livestreaming exercise classes and training sessions. Katerina Daskalaki, M.S., M.A.; Anastasia Beneka, Ph.D.; and Paraskevi-Vivan Malliou, Ph.D., discuss key technical and technological details that exercise professionals should zero in on to present a successful session in their excellent feature article, “Tips on How to Prepare and Lead a Live-Streaming Exercise Program in One-sided Free Platforms."
6. Children and exercise, not miniature adults. Although children's responses to some forms of exercise are similar to adults, many are not. Jim S. Skinner, Ph.D., FACSM, provides an excellent review of these differences in his feature article, “Comparison of Children and Adults during Exercise."
7. An excellent exercise, when done correctly. The barbell bench pull is an excellent exercise to introduce and teach to clients. Pete Ronai, M.S., FACSM, ACSM-CEP, ACSM-EP, EIM-III, and Christopher Taber, Ph.D., ACSM-CEP, discuss important teaching considerations associated with the barbell bench pull in this issue's Do It Right column.
8. Intentions verses actions: How well do your clients match up? Liz Hathaway, Ph.D., MPH, and Mckenzie Gregg, MPH, share important insights that you can use with your clients to close the gap between their intentions and behavioral actions in this issue's Enhancing Your Behavioral Toolkit column, “Closing the Intention–Behavior Gap." Hum, is that my phone buzzing, must be time to get up and move!
9. Do not miss this case study learning opportunity. Case studies are excellent tools for practicing our skills and increasing our knowledge. Paul Gallo, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM-EP, ACSM-GEI, and Nicole M. Mendola, M.S., ACSM-CEP, ACSM-EP, ACSM-GEI, provide an excellent opportunity to learn from a clinical case study in this issue's ACSM Certification column, “A Case Study Review in Exercise Testing and Programming for the Clinical Exercise Physiologist." Give it a shot!
10. Physical activity messaging: challenging and not one size fits all. As health and fitness professionals, we have a passion for physical activity and a responsibility to promote it, but how effective is our messaging? This issue's Clinical Applications column, “Promoting Physical Activity through Health Communication Campaigns," written by Kristi M. King, Ph.D., CHES; Lindsay J. Della, Ph.D.; Seth Eckler, Ph.D.; and Lindsey Mullis, M.S., provides important insights for communicating effective physical activity messages.
11. Resistance training, an important training component for individuals with multiple sclerosis. Jeff Young, B.S., CSCS, EIM-I, reviews the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis and the positive impact a progressive resistance program may have on affected individuals in this issue's Medical Report column, “The Role of Progressive Resistance Training in the Management of Multiple Sclerosis."
12. Never leave home without it; Meet Dr. Medicine Ball. Medicine balls are a common exercise tool used by exercise professionals throughout the world. This issue's Celebrate Success! column, penned by Dixie Stanforth, Ph.D., FACSM, and Erin Crownover, M.S., shares the journey of Bruce Evans and Jim Cowley in developing a durable and functional medicine ball. I'm sure you will enjoy reading “Dynamax: The Bentley of Medicine Balls" and will learn a few medicine ball facts as I did!