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T’ai chi and falls prevention
Tony Lycholat
19/11/2015 Everyone falls down occasionally, but the problem with falls in the older age group is that there is a much greater susceptibility to injury. T’ai chi is said to be beneficial for stability, so Tony Lycholat takes a look at the research. According to recent guidelines published by the American Geriatrics Society, British Geriatrics Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Panel on Fall Prevention, “Falls are the most common and serious problems facing elderly persons. Falling is associated with considerable mortality, morbidity, reduced functioning and premature nursing home admissions.”1 Approximately 5% of older people who fall require hospitalization say the guidelines. Furthermore, recurrent falls (and fears of falling) would appear to be a major reason for the admission of previously independent elderly people to long-term care and nursing homes.
The group X factor
Jayne Nicholls | 09/03/2017
She says: “If people demand you teach the ‘next new thing’, they’re not buying into you.” Since the launch of Les Mills (LM), I have heard this phrase so many times: “I have to teach it/the clubs only want LM/the members only want...
Myths and truths about pregnancy nutrition
Linia Patel | 03/02/2017
Pregnant women are bombarded with advice on what to eat and what to avoid. As Linia Patel reports, very often this advice gets lost in not just the plethora of information available, but poorly reported science and plentiful old wives’ tales.
Recognising eating disorders
Loren Byford | 06/01/2017
The prospect of talking to clients about eating disorders may be daunting, but recognising the signs and knowing how to broach the subject could be life changing, says Loren Byford. As a fitness professional, you’re in a good position to notice whether someone...
Sound mind & body
Jayne Nicholls | 09/12/2016
The principles of mindful exercise can be applied to other fitness disciplines beyond mind & body. Jayne Nicholls looks at three key elements of mindful practice that can be incorporated into any programming.
Say what? Helping clients through illness
Jean Holt | 03/11/2016
After a heart attack and knee injury, Jean Holt retrained as an exercise referral instructor to help others combat their health issues. When my children were small, I left hospital nursing for a job with more family-friendly hours as a practice nurse in a GP surgery....
The Business of Being an Instructor
Ilyse Baker | 04/10/2016
It is easy to think that being an Instructor is a piece of cake and anyone can do it. However, think again! This is a business like any other profession. There are a lot of important elements needed to run a successful business as an Instructor.
Heart rate training and the science behind its success
Bob Kaleal | 25/08/2016
Let's begin by looking at heart rate (HR) training and the science behind it from a healthy individual’s or athlete's perspective. When we are working with a healthy, competitive adult, such as an amateur or professional athlete, it is critical to monitor their HR...
Understanding insulin
Linia Patel | 19/08/2016
Insulin is one of the most important hormones in the human body, yet it’s a hormone most people don’t really understand. Registered dietitian Linia Patel gives her perspective and advice. Insulin is produced in the pancreas by the islets of Langerhans and...
Nine models to build a profitable fitness business
Sean Greeley | 11/08/2016
Today there are literally thousands of different ways that successful fitness professionals and business owners are serving their clients and growing businesses. Sean Greeley delineates the differences between business models and how you can match the right business model...
Bossing it
Karen Laing | 04/08/2016
In the first of a new interview series that profiles fitness leaders, Karen Lisa Laing met Claire Burlison Green and asked her about launching Clubbercise, the dance workout program, and what fellow fitness professionals can learn from her experience.


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