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ProSource: June 2014

ProSource: June 2014

Herniated Discs: What Can a Fitness Professional Do to Help?

By Justin Price

Herniated discs are one of the most common sources of back pain and can have a devastating impact on an individual’s quality of life, both physically and emotionally. While it is not within your scope of practice to diagnose or treat herniated discs, it is important that you understand what they are, what causes them and what you can do to address your client’s underlying musculoskeletal problems to help alleviate their painful symptoms.

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Get it Done: 20-minute Tabata Workout Options

Tabata-style workouts are hugely popular right now because they offer big results in a short amount of time. But while four minutes of hard work can prove helpful in terms of enhancing health and fitness, the complete 20-minute, total-body workout experience can elicit even better results. We’ve put together three 20-minute Tabata-style workouts that you can start using with your clients today.

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Non-physical Yoga Techniques for Fitness Professionals

By Megan Senger

If you are a personal trainer or group exercise instructor, selectively adding non-physical yoga practices to client sessions can boost workout variety and interest. Deepening your understanding of “non-hatha” yoga techniques can help your participants attain better results in their fitness, weight-loss and life-balance goals.

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Functional Foods: Top 10 Trends for 2014

What has your food done for you lately? For many health-conscious people, it’s not enough that food tastes good—it has to offer an extra nutritional advantage, as well. The demand for functional foods has exploded in the past several years as a growing body of research demonstrates the potential power of food to influence everything from autoimmune diseases to how well a child performs in school. Here are the top 10 functional food trends for 2014.

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Help Clients Combat Negative Emotions Using the Powerful Psychological Benefits of Exercise

By Barbara A. Brehm

When people experience negative emotions, the need to feel better now overrides the drive to do something (like eating healthy or exercising) that may have longer-term benefits. Whether you’re a personal trainer or health coach, you can help your clients make the connection that exercise helps them feel good, so they learn to turn to exercise as a positive way to manage stress and fight fatigue.

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Learning Hard Lessons the Easy Way

By Daniel J. Green

What does it really take to summon the gumption to try harder and harder despite major obstacles or repeated setbacks? Does it take a special type of person, or are there skills and tools that all of us can learn? We asked some industry veterans to share their stories and the lessons learned.

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A Comprehensive Review of the Effectiveness of Different Exercise Programs for Patient with Osteoarthritis

Exercise is recommended as a first-line conservative intervention approach for osteoarthritis. A wide range of exercise programs are available and scientific evidence is necessary for choosing the optimal strategy of treatment for each patient. The purpose of this review is to discuss the effectiveness of different types of exercise programs for osteoarthritis based on trials, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses in the literature.

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Exercise Deficit Disorder in Children: Are We Ready to Make This Diagnosis

Primary care physicians, particularly pediatricians are expected to promote physical activity and prescribe exercise to patients. Unfortunately many health care professionals do not have adequate skills or experience in this area, making exercise intervention logistically and psychologically challenging. Connecting pediatric health care professionals with pediatric exercise specialists, culminating in an established professional collaborative system is critical for promoting healthy behaviors throughout childhood and adolescence.

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