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EXERCISE DURING PREGNANCY: A Prescription for Improved Maternal/Fetal Well-being

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•Pregnant women are recommended to engage in ≥150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity over three or more days per week.
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As exercise and health professionals, it’s important to consider a woman’s physical, mental, social, and spiritual health when prescribing exercise. Health and fitness professionals can encourage women during this period to be active and to include other areas of wellness by inviting friends to be active with them, or practicing mindfulness during PA, or joining group exercise session for increased social interactions. During pregnancy, there will be days where a woman feels tired or unwell, encouraging adequate rest and sleep to ensure recovery is as important as encouraging a resumption of activity after recovery. Consider the individual’s goal, whether it be disease prevention, stress reduction, or mood enhancement, in the design of an exercise plan or in making recommendations regarding PA. Although prescribing exercise during pregnancy requires additional considerations beyond nonpregnant women, such as time constraints, fatigue, and caring for other children, it is possible to develop effective strategies that increase PA while at the same time improving different aspects of wellness, particularly socioemotional well-being. And all of these can occur with as little as 10 minutes a day of PA.

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2019 PAPER OF THE YEAR

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Aging in America

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LONG-TERM ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT AS A FRAMEWORK TO INFLUENCE WELLNESS DURING CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE

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• Health and fitness professionals working with children and adolescents should first understand normal growth, maturation, and development (the “business of growing up”) when considering the implementation and effect of lifestyle behaviors.

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WORLDWIDE SURVEY OF FITNESS TRENDS FOR 2020

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From this article, the reader should understand the following concepts:

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EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO INCREASE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WORKING YEARS

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• Incorporate physical activity breaks into sitting time at work and at home, and reinforce the habit by setting a timer as a reminder to get up and move at least once every hour.

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EPOC: IS IT REAL? DOES IT MATTER?

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EXERTIONAL (EXERCISE-INDUCED) RHABDOMYOLYSIS

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Gain a better understanding of exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER).

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DEVELOPING A LIFELONG RESISTANCE TRAINING PROGRAM

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The health benefits of resistance training clearly suggest that resistance training is vital for overall health and should be included in the design of training programs for youth, adults, and older persons.The concept of an individualized resistance training program for all persons indicates that current exercise guidelines provide scientific direction to practitioners, but true optimal success will only be achieved through individualized assessment and consideration of a person's health status and goals.
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“Humans have evolved and adapted for a wide range of unique physical activities, such as long-distance running and walking in the heat, carrying, digging, and throwing projectiles.”

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