Exercise for an ageing population

3 March 2014, 10:25

As the older adult population increases, so does the demand for fitness professionals who understand the capabilities and special needs of seniors with illnesses, disabilities, chronic disorders and sedentary lifestyles.

Exercise for Frail Elders, is the only exercise fitness guidebook to focus on working with frail elders and adults with special conditions and as such is an invaluable resource for improving functional fitness, maintaining aspects of independent living and enhancing quality of life.

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Red meat and exercise on the menu

28 February 2014, 14:56

Red-meat-1Researchers at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia have found that a protein rich diet incorporating lean red meat combined with strength training improved the size and strength of muscles in elderly women.

The research, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicate the study’s results show that the combination of red meat and strength training could be the key to reducing the impact that age-related muscle loss has on the risk of falls and the ability of the elderly to undertake day-to-day activities such as getting out of a chair.

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One Big Thing

20 February 2014, 13:42

Student fun runukactive and the British University & Colleges Sports (BUCS) have launched ‘One Big Thing’, a new initiative calling on universities to promote physical activity participation by registering to host their own ’5k anyway’ event for their local student population.

’5K anyway’ events are organised activities which require students to cover a 5km distance participating in the physical activity their university or college has nominated, from fancy-dress themed runs, swimming and egg-and-spoon racing to skipping and military fitness obstacle courses.

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Strengthening the core

17 February 2014, 15:42

Elite-level athletes take great pride in their fitness and physical strength. You can’t help but notice the muscular legs or well-defined arms. However, whether they are known for a powerful golf swing or a stunning tennis forehand, the best athletes all have one thing in common — a strong and well-conditioned core. The world’s leading organisation in the field of sport conditioning, the US National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), has produced the authoritative resource on strengthening the core to maximise sporting performance. Developing the Core features over 50 of the most effective exercises, science-based assessment tools, sport-specific programmes and expert advice for developing a personalised core programme.

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Making the shift to more active and healthy lifestyles

14 February 2014, 00:02

Applied Health Fitness Psychology considers behavioural issues regarding exercise and nutrition using a research to practice approach.

This comprehensive text explains how health fitness psychology has developed into a wide-ranging discipline that can be used in various exercise, fitness and health settings, allowing both current and future practitioners to assist their patients or clients in adopting healthier lifestyles.

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London’s cycle sharing scheme has positive health effects

14 February 2014, 00:01

London Cycle SchemeLondon’s bicycle sharing scheme has had a positive overall health effect, but the benefits of cycling in the cycle hire zone are clearer for men than for women and for older users than for younger users, finds a study published on bmj.com today.

The authors say the potential benefits of cycling “may not currently apply to all groups in all settings.”

Over 600 cities around the world have implemented bicycle sharing schemes, but there is very little published evidence on the health effects of such schemes.

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The formula for running success

13 February 2014, 11:19

Get in the best shape of your running career with the help of Daniels’ Running Formula, the book that Runner’s World magazine called “the best training book”.

In it, top running coach Jack Daniels provides you with his legendary VDOT formula to guide you through training at exactly the right intensity to run stronger, longer and faster.

Runners can choose a programme simply to get in shape, target a race , or regain conditioning after layoff or injury.

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Personal trainer prosecuted for unlicenced sessions

12 February 2014, 14:09

Alexis Baron CohenA personal fitness trainer is to be prosecuted for carrying out sessions in one of London’s royal parks without a licence.

Alexis Ajavon Baron Cohen, 43, is one of the first coaches to be taken to court for such an offence in a case that has been brought by The Royal Parks agency following a training session on Primrose Hill.

Today he said he was being treated “like a criminal” and vowed to fight the case, which is due to be heard next month.

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£750m extra for primary school sport in England

6 February 2014, 13:32

school sportsdayPrimary schools in England are to share an extra £150m per year sports funding until 2020, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced.

The direct funding scheme for school sport, announced last year, is going to be extended for a further five years.

Each year primary schools will continue to receive £8,000, plus £5 per pupil.

As well as promoting good health, Mr Cameron says, school sport has an important role in building “confidence and a sense of achievement”.

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Snowboarding tricks and techniques

6 February 2014, 11:04

 Mastering Snowboarding describes the techniques and tricks used by professional snowboarders and how to perform them.

It takes boarders inside the sport and provides in-depth coverage of snowboarding equipment, including how to select and customize a board to fit individual styles and needs.

Packed with the coolest tricks, expert advice and trade secrets from the pros, this full colour guide is the only resource needed in order to own the slopes. Whether you’re a recreational rider or a seasoned veteran about to drop into the halfpipe, Mastering Snowboarding is for any aspiring “King of the Slopes.”

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