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Fitness and Health Roundup: Oct. 13-18

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Keep up with the latest studies and news from the fitness and wellness industry. Check out these five articles in our roundup for this week:

1. Emotions in Motion: Exercise as an Anxiety Intervention

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans have an anxiety disorder. That makes it the most common mental health issue in the U.S.. Fitness professionals may have clients who have anxiety, so it’s essential to understand how exercise can help them, as well as how you can support them through challenges that come along with anxiety-related disorders. 

In this article, learn about the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), research on exercise and anxiety, and challenges in programming. 

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2. Keeping Healthy Weight Key to Avoiding Early Death 

Findings from a new study suggest that maintaining a healthy weight throughout adulthood could be essential to avoid an early death. The study analyzed data from over 36,000 adults.

According to the article, “researchers concluded that people who were obese throughout adulthood had the highest risk of early death.” Read more details about this study here

3. The NASM-CPT Podcast: Start Your First Personal Training Session with PAR-Q

When you have the first session with a new client, what do you talk about and what assessments do you perform? This is what Dr. Rick Richey covers in episode 12 of The NASM-CPT Podcast, “Start Your First Personal Training Session with PAR-Q.” 

He walks us through what he discusses in his first session with new clients, assessment versus exercise, and the Physical Activity Readiness-Questionnaire (PAR-Q). Listen to the episode here.

4. You’re Only as Old as You Feel 

Your mindset about your age could have more of an impact on how you feel than you might think. Scientists have found that people who feel younger than their actual age “are typically healthier and more psychologically resilient than those who feel older. They perform better on memory tasks and are at lower risk of cognitive decline.”

Read more about research on subjective age here

5. Fall for Fish: Eat to Beat Autumn Asthma

Have you or your clients had to deal with exercise-induced asthma (EIA) or exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB)? Cold, dry air can increase the chances of having symptoms of EIA or EIB, such as wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath. 

A recent study found that eating more omega-3s could help. Check out what the research shows here and read what one registered dietitian and nutritionist said about it. 

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