March 01, 2006
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A Rose By Any Other Name
In the near future, readers won't be seeing Round-Up in their e-mailboxes anymore. Not to worry, though -- we're just changing our name to Experience! Our editorial staff feel that Experience! more dynamically captures this newsletter's essential spirit, character, and calling. So please be on the lookout for our new name -- coming March 15, 2006.
Needed: Better Education About Strength Training
Following is an edited abstract from "Misconceptions About Strength Exercise Among Older Adults" by Todd M. Manini, Marvin Druger, and Lori Ploutz-Snyder, Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 13(4), 422:
The purposes of this study were to determine current opinions of strength exercise among older adults and whether knowledge of recommended protocols differs between strength-exercise participants and nonparticipants. One hundred twenty nine older adults (age 77.5 plus-or-minus 8.6 years) responded to questions about their opinions, experiences, and knowledge of strength-exercise recommendations.
Some misconceptions were identified in the sample, with 48.4 percent of participants responding "no" to "strength training increases muscle mass," 45 percent responding "no" to "increasing weight is more important than number of repetitions for building strength," and 37 percent responding that walking is more effective than lifting weights at building muscle strength.
The number of correct responses was related to the number of years in school. More education is needed about the benefits and recommendations to ensure proper use of current strength-exercise protocols among older adults.
Readers loved our recent story about Japan's king penguins, who were placed on a walking program by their zoo keepers in order to work off some excess winter weight gain. As it turns out, there also may be another way that we can draw inspiration from the penguins.
Researchers at the University of Houston are studying an aspect of penguin ambulation that has them puzzled: Despite their conspicuous waddle, how is it that penguins in the wild don't fall -- or even pause -- when migrating 75 miles or more to their nests? Their surefootedness is especially remarkable since these long journeys aren't across even terrain but, rather, a rocky and icy obstacle course.
How do they do it? When people chiefly waddle, our risk for falling increases. Do penguins elude the hazards of waddling by employing some secret balance strategy? Scientists hope to find out. The answers could lead to patient education on how to imitate penguins' movement patterns in order to enjoy improved balance and stability.
It will take time for investigators to complete and publish the results of this interesting research project. Here at SFA, we'll stay on the case and bring the news to you as soon as it becomes available. Maybe the droll little birds, once again, will show us the way!
Tea Drinkers' Edge
It is widely known that some scientific research has suggested that drinking tea may reduce one's risks for certain health problems. But did you know that tea-drinking might also help one lose weight?
A recent article published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that specialized components of tea may enhance weight loss by increasing the body's energy expenditure, according to The Pulse wire report. Green tea, in particular, contains catechins that act to encourage fat oxidation. The study's authors theorized that green tea's thermogenic (heat-producing) properties, in conjunction with other chemicals, may promote weight loss.
Recently SFA president Janie Clark was asked by another agency to compile a checklist of exercise safety tips for senior fitness participants and the professionals who serve them.
"When it comes to specific safety measures for all of the many activities one can pursue -- from aerobic dance to cycling to hiking to strength machine workouts and so on -- the list could go on indefinitely," she says. "My clients wanted it short and sweet, so we settled on selected precautions that apply widely."
Now assembled, the checklist -- which is shared below -- makes a handy ready-reference tool for senior exercisers and fitness leaders. The following recommendations are not intended to address every safety issue involved in exercise training for mature adults (or exercise modifications for particular health conditions). Instead, they focus on a number of key safeguards and pointers designed to promote healthful, rewarding physical activity!
Clark, J. (2005). Designing and managing group conditioning classes. In C.J. Jones & D.J. Rose (Eds.), Physical activity instruction of older adults (pp. 317-333). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Clark, J. (1992). Full life fitness: A complete exercise program for mature adults. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Clark, J. (2002). Seniorcise: A simple guide to fitness for the elderly and disabled (2nd ed.). New Smyrna Beach, FL: American Senior Fitness Association.
Clark, J. (2005). Quality-of-life fitness: Designing exercise programs for older adults. New Smyrna Beach, FL: American Senior Fitness Association.
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