Our Aging World

We are aging—not just as individuals or communities but as a world. In 2006, almost 500 million people worldwide were 65 and older. By 2030, that total is projected to increase to 1 billion—1 in every 8 of the earth’s inhabitants. Significantly, the most rapid increases in the 65-and-older population are occurring in developing countries, which will see a jump of 140 percent by 2030. People are living longer and,

The Space Between Fitness and Medicine: Where “the Good You Do For Others” Brings the Reward you Deserve | Part 2

In our first part of this three-part discussion, in addressing the topic of financial reward, I asked you to ponder the value of restoration.  What, I prompted you to consider, is the value of helping someone who has moved along the dis-ease continuum, gradually leaving health in the proverbial rear-view-mirror back toward divine health? It isn’t an easy question to answer.  We can tackle it by considering all of the

What is an Allied Healthcare Professional?

Whether it’s exercise, nutrition, or massage therapy you are seeking, finding the right person to do the job can be incredibly challenging. The area known as allied healthcare professionals can be a challenging one to navigate. The professions that require a state or national licensures, such as physicians, nurses, or physical therapists, help to provide checks and balances on who should and should not be providing a service to any

The Space Between Fitness and Medicine: Where “the Good You Do For Others” Brings the Reward you Deserve

This is part one in a three-part series. In every field you find the big earners and those who are “paying the bills.”  In every field you find excellence and mediocrity. In every field you find those who fully engage and those who invest just enough to play in the arena. Here’s one of the many challenges that keeps the personal training field in its own aura of uniqueness. The

Evolution of Medical Fitness

Once upon a time, exercising used to have a uniform and a regiment specific for men and women. Men would suit up in short shorts, beach themed tank tops, white headbands, wrist-bands, calf high knee socks, and white New Balance shoes. Women would shimmy into their sleek leotards, heads decorated with colorful braided headbands, legs adorned with scrunchie leg warmers, and feet comforted by puffy, linen white high-tops.

Training Chronic Conditions: A Guide for the Fitness Trainer

The biggest question fitness trainers need to ask themselves is “Why do you want to work with the chronic populations?” Is it because: a) The stats (IDEA, IRHSA) out there say it is the fastest growing population/market? b) You really want to help people that tend to have multiple issues because it is rewarding? c) You feel drawn to it because one of your clients now has a condition? d)

The Exercise Prescription

With the recent push for getting everybody moving, for some, Health Screening, Exercise Testing, Exercise Prescription as well as Fitness Programming are all areas where professional guidance may be necessary. The knowledge and experience of multiple Healthcare and Fitness Professionals combined provides a holistic approach for a lifetime of optimal health and well-being.

A New Breed of Fitness Professionals – Are you Ready?

It is a bit shocking when I realize I have been teaching fitness since 1975 right out of high school. I started teaching basic dance aerobics, which were the first version of high/low aerobics by Jacki Sorensen. I taught my first class with a vinyl 45 record album on a record player which was a long way from today’s Pandora, iPod or iPhone.

Alzheimer’s and Medical Fitness: A Personal Success Story

Throughout his life my father, Leonard DeVito, was very physically active and competitive. Had his mentor not suggested pharmacy school he would have chosen coaching. He played competitive basketball as an adult, golfed at every opportunity as a ten handicap, took yoga, worked out and accepted every invitation to alumni vs. current student sporting events.