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ACSM Fit Science | August 2020

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ACSM Fit Science includes recent fitness-related stories featuring the college and its members as subject matter experts. ACSM is a recognized leader among national and international media and a trusted source on sports medicine and exercise science topics. Because these stories may be written by the media, they do not necessarily reflect ACSM statements, views or endorsements. These stories are meant to share ACSM coverage with fitness professionals and inform them about what the public is reading and hearing about the field.


Endurance Training Could Counteract the Harmful Effects of Sitting for Too Long

At this point, the detrimental effects of sitting are well documented—from potentially increasing obesity to shortening your life—but new research in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® suggests there may be a hack if you do sit regularly: Endurance training.

Read more at RunnersWorld


ACSM Publishes Call to Action Addressing COVID-19 and Return to Sports and Physical Activity

In this new statement, authors summarize the current scientific knowledge about COVID-19, its transmission and the negative effects of physical inactivity, while also emphasizing the general benefits of exercise. The statement includes 12 actions that can be taken by health care providers and individuals in the safe return to sports and exercise.

Read the Call to Action Statement

Championing Whole-Food and Plant-Based Diets: The Role of the Health and Fitness Professional

Given that diets will continue to be a popular industry, it is advantageous for health and fitness professionals to stay up to date with the trends and fads their clients and patients follow.

Read at ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal


How Many Calories Do I Burn Doing Different Sports?

Paul Gallo, Ed.D., FACSM, ACSM-EP, ACSM-CEP, ACSM-GEI answers these burning questions: of all that outside playing, what’s actually good for you? What burns the most calories? Which ones are actually dangerous, or at least annoyingly injurious? Which are the best overall?

Read at MelMagazine


Does Standing in Your Saddle Really Help You Power Up?

When you’re out on a ride and you see a big hill coming up, you often shift to stand in your pedals in order to tackle it. ACSM member Ross Wilkinson, Ph.D. answers the FAQ: is that increased oomph a real thing or just a placebo effect?

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How to Instill a Healthy Attitude About Exercise in Your Kids

When it comes to a child’s relationship with physical activity, it’s clear that parents play a major role. ACSM Fellow Nailah Coleman, M.D., and other experts share how parents can encourage their children to have a positive relationship with physical activity.

Read at The Huffington Post


The Pediatric Inactivity Triad: A Triple Jeopardy for Modern Day Youth

Youth fitness specialists who understand the interactions between exercise deficit disorder, pediatric dynapenia and physical illiteracy will be better prepared to design and implement exercise interventions that sustain an ongoing interest in physical activity throughout the life course. Avery D. Faigenbaum, Ed.D., FACSM, ACSM-EP, and other specialists explain this important issue.

Read at ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal

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