Twelve Reasons to Read This Issue from Cover to Cover
1. Balance tips to share with your clients. Associate Editor Grace T. DeSimone, B.A., ACSM-CPT, ACSM-GEI, provides information for your facility members and clients regarding balance training in this issue's Fitness Focus column, “Balancing Act: Exercises to Improve Your Balance." Be sure to clip and share this important information.
2. The anaerobic threshold: an important and practical concept for fitness professionals. This issue's Health & Fitness from A to Z column discusses the evolution of the anaerobic threshold concept. Written by Aamer Sandoo, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., “A Brief History of the Anaerobic Threshold Concept," provides excellent insight into this practical exercise training marker.
3. Prevention is key! When it comes to possible exposure to blood-borne pathogens and body fluids, prevention is the top priority. This issue's Take Ten column, “Ten Pertinent Facts about Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)" written by James A. Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM, covers important information of which health professionals should be aware.
4. Autism, exercise, and an inspiring story! Exercise training is a critical factor in the health and well-being of individuals with autism. David Geslak, B.S., ACSM-CEP, CSCS and Benjamin D. Boudreaux, M.S., discuss the opportunity that fitness professionals have for making life-changing impacts through exercise training. Be sure to read their feature article, “Exercise Is a Life-Changer for Those with Autism." You will be inspired by Ben's journey!
5. Movement quality matters! Far too many individuals continue to carry out their exercise programs with poor technique. Hunter Bennett, Ph.D.; John Arnold, Ph.D.; and Kade Davison, Ph.D., discuss the importance of implementing a preexercise movement quality assessment and subsequent follow-up measures in their feature article, “Exercising to Improve Movement Quality: Why and How."
6. Empower your clients through self-assessments. Teaching clients how to test and self-monitor can increase their autonomy and accountability, and positively affect outcome success. Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, Ph.D., FACSM; Lee Barton, Ph.D.; and Vanessa Kercher, Ph.D., M.Ed., ACSM-EP, discuss how you can work with clients to improve their outcomes in the feature article, “Adapting Fitness and Neuromotor Self-tracking over the Life Span."
7. Daytime drowsiness, difficulty focusing, memory challenges? Obtaining restorative sleep can be a challenge for many individuals for a variety of reasons. Nasya R. Sechser, M.S., ACSM-CEP; Hadlie L. Overhue, BSN, B.S., ACSM-EP; and Gary P. Van Guilder, Ph.D., discuss the consequences of obstructive sleep apnea on an individual's health and well-being and provide information on an exercise prescription that may help. Be sure to read their excellent article, “An Oral Myofunctional Exercise Prescription for Obstructive Sleep Apnea." I need to read it again (right after my nap).
8. Where are your January newcomers now? Mary M. Yoke, Ph.D., FACSM, shares three pertinent research studies in this issue's Research Bites column, including a study regarding the motives and barriers that affect new member adherence at our fitness centers.
9. YUM! Stella Lucia Volpe, Ph.D., RDN, FACSM, ACSM-CEP, shares information regarding one of my favorite breakfast items in this issue's A Nutritionist's View column, “Blueberries, Health, and Exercise Performance." So, grab a smoothie and enjoy the read!
10. Are your treadmills appropriately spaced? Treadmill injuries are one of the most common incidents at health and fitness facilities. This issue's Fitness Safety column penned by JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP, shares important steps all facility directors and staff should be taking to protect their clients/facility users from injury. Be sure to read, “Safety Lessons Learned from the Jimenz Treadmill Case."
11. Look for them: Challenging times mean growth opportunities! While the COVID-19 pandemic has provided numerous career growth challenges, opportunities still abound. Patrick Freeman, B.S., CSCS, NCSF-CPT, challenges us to stay on track in this issue's Business Edge column, “Reigniting Your Growth and Development in the New Normal."
12. A provocative column! With our nation's current focus on diversity, weight bias and associated negative beliefs and stereotyping are often overlooked. Nico Pronk, Ph.D., M.A., FACSM, FAWP, provides some important thoughts in this issue's Worksite Health Promotion column, “Weight Bias and Discrimination." An important read that will get you thinking!