Study data released by the American Council on Exercise evaluate whether stand-up paddleboarding can provide a core or cardiovascular workout. One study found a higher intensity of paddling the board was linked to working out back and abdominal muscles, while a second report showed that even paddling at top speed did not send heart rates into the range needed for training.
A YMCA fitness class in Ormond Beach, Fla., is designed to help seniors with arthritis achieve better range of motion, improve their balance and avoid falls. Volusia Flagler Family YMCA's Beverly Johnson says clinical studies have shown the EnhanceFitness program can improve strength and movement, and is like a support group for people with similar medical conditions.
A 100-calorie snack is the portion-right size for between meals, but registered dietitian Susie Bond writes that many prepackaged versions are highly refined and come up short on nutrition and energy. Snacks should be considered fuel stops throughout the day, rather than treats, she writes, and should include carbohydrates, fiber and possibly some protein to help bridge the gap until the next meal.
Use power training with kettlebells or medicine balls in groups of noncompeting exercises to get the most out of a workout, fitness expert Josef Brandenburg writes. It also is important to take rest intervals, eat after exercising and record workouts to gauge progress, he writes.
Tight-fighting compression clothing is used in health care to improve circulation, suppress swelling and aid wound healing, but study data do not support industry claims that it can help people boost muscle power or stamina, or improve coordination during a workout. However, some data do indicate that the clothing, made of Spandex and nylon, may help speed muscle recovery after a workout.