ACSM s Health & Fitness Journal

Published by American College of Sports Medicine
Online ISSN: 1091-5397
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LEARNING OBJECTIVE: • Readers can expect to learn more about the physical and mental health benefits, recommendations, prevalence rates, and trends for physical activity among breast cancer survivors. Commonly reported barriers to physical activity for breast cancer survivors also will be reviewed, along with strategies for overcoming these challenges.
 
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Condensed version and bottom line: Water is a crucial nutrient and euhydration is necessary for optimal daily functioning. Water balance is precisely regulated within the body and many methods exist for assessing hydration status. Cognitive performance measures an individual's attentiveness, critical thinking skills, and memory. Traditionally a 2% or more body water deficit was thought to produce cognitive performance decrements; however, recent literature suggests that even mild dehydration - a body water loss of 1-2% - can impair cognitive performance. Counseling clients about their health and wellbeing should include conveying the importance of water for normal body functioning, as well as its effects on physical and cognitive performance.
 
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Depression is a common disorder that is associated with compromised quality of life, increased health care costs, and greater risk for a variety of medical conditions, particularly coronary heart disease. This review examines methods for assessing depression and discusses current treatment approaches. Traditional treatments include psychotherapy and antidepressant medications, but such treatments are not effective for all patients and alternative approaches have recently received increased attention, especially the use of aerobic exercise. This review examines evidence that exercise is effective in improving depressive symptoms among patients with major depression and offers practical suggestions for helping patients initiate and maintain exercise in their daily lives.
 
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Symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a prevalent chronic degenerative disease that is associated with impaired quality of life and physical functioning. Although there is no cure for knee OA, regular exercise participation consistently results in improvements in quality of life, physical function, and knee OA symptoms. Findings from contemporary randomized controlled trials also demonstrate that lifestyle interventions involving modification of exercise and dietary behaviors yield superior improvements in relevant quality of life outcomes relative to either intervention alone.
 
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To introduce an integrative neuromuscular training model that can be used to enhance the health, fitness, and wellness of all children and adolescents. To understand the potential benefits associated with strength and conditioning programs implemented with youth to reduce injury risk and enhance motor skill development that will support a physically active lifestyle. To comprehend the concept of training age and the implications associated with systematic training beginning during early childhood.
 
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Learning Objective: This article introduces the reader to the functional philosophies of movement-based programming, providing both a theoretical and practical basis for implementation. Understanding the template and foundational methods will enable practitioners to create strategic programs adaptable for any demographic, training goal, or special population.
 
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Learning Objectives Readers of this article can expect to learn how to interpret a research article from the abstract through the methods and discussion sections to the authors' conclusions. They will learn how to interpret the results and apply them in a gym setting. Readers also will be able to differentiate between different types of research and how they can and cannot be used in a practical setting.
 
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LEARNING OBJECTIVES The 19th annual ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Expo, held March 31–April 3 in Phoenix, AZ, was another great success for ACSM. The event brought together nearly 1,000 health and fitness professionals, expert presenters, and industry companies to explore the full spectrum of the industry — from science to practical application. Through three informative and inspiring keynotes, 59 lectures, 14 interactive workshops, 30 master class workouts, three “Hot Topic” panel discussions, 6 preconference events, and a number of special sessions, attendees learned the latest exercise and wellness applications, strengthened their knowledge, and networked with colleagues.
 
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This ACSM Certification column discusses the name change for two ACSM certifications.
 
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Learning Objectives From this article, the reader should understand the following concepts: • The difference between a fad and a trend. • Worldwide trends in the commercial, corporate, clinical (including medical fitness), and community health fitness industry. • Expert opinions about identified fitness trends for 2017.
 
Age (in years) of survey respondents. 
Years of experience reported by the survey respondents. 
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Apply It: From this article, the reader should understand the following concepts: Tell the difference between a fad and a trend. Apply and use worldwide trends in the commercial, corporate, clinical (including medical fitness), and community health fitness industry. Read expert opinions about identified fitness trends for 2018.
 
Age (in years) of survey respondents.
Top 20 Worldwide Fitness Trends for 2019
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Table of Contents Summary: The annual ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® worldwide survey to determine industry trends by health fitness professionals is now in its 13th consecutive year. Strength training (the #5 trend in 2018) was dropped from this year's survey because it was determined to be too generic. In previous surveys, educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals that was a top performing trend (#1 in 2008-2013 and in the top 10 in every survey) also was dropped from the survey because it was too broad and lacked the necessary specificity. Employing certified fitness professionals was added as a potential new trend for 2019 and was rated #6. Wearable technology regained the #1 trend after dropping to #3 in 2018. Group training (more than five participants) was rated #2, which is the spot it held in 2018. Last year's #1 trend, high-intensity interval training, dropped to #3 for 2019. Regaining spots in the top 20 fitness trends include mobile exercise devices (#13), worksite health promotion and workplace well-being programs (#15), outcome measurements (#16), and postrehabilitation classes (#20). Dropping out of the top 20 fitness trends include circuit weight training, sport-specific training, and core training. Four international experts independently commented on the results.
 
Years of experience reported by the survey respondents.
Survey Respondents' Occupation
Top 20 Worldwide Fitness Trends for 2020
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Apply It! From this article, the reader should understand the following concepts: • Articulate the differences between a fad and a trend • Use the worldwide trends in commercial, corporate, clinical (including medical fitness), and community health fitness industry to further promote physical activity • Study expert opinions about identified fitness trends for 2020.
 
Top-cited authors
Walter R Thompson
  • Georgia State University
Nicolaas P Pronk
  • HealthPartners Institute
Avery Faigenbaum
  • The College of New Jersey
Linda S. Pescatello
  • University of Connecticut
JoAnn Eickhoff-Shemek
  • University of South Florida