Dr. Barbara Bushman's research interests include exercise testing procedures, menopause and exercise, effects of menstruation on exercise responses and performance, deep water run training, promoting physical activity with dog walking, and the female athlete triad.
Dr. Bushman authored ACSM’s Action Plan for Menopause (2005, Human Kinetics) and edited both the first and second editions of ACSM's Complete Guide to Fitness & Health (2011 and 2017, Human Kinetics).
For more information on these peer-reviewed books, please see http://www.humankinetics.com. She also maintains a Facebook page highlighting fitness and health information. See www.Facebook.com/FitnessID.
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University of Toledo: PhD, Exercise Physiology
Grand Valley State University: BS, Health Sciences
- Central States Chapter ACSM : Member
- ACSM Fellow
Media Appearances (10)
Ask the Experts
Dr. Barbara Bushman offers insight about how local communities can encourage active lifestyles among residents, how people can maintain a healthy lifestyle on a budget and how parents can help their children become more active to combat obesity.
10 Crucial Health Tweaks to Make by Your 50s
Reader's Digest online
Dr. Barbara Bushman emphasizes the importance of physical activity for people in their 50s.
Creating a Complete Fitness Program
Dr. Barbara Bushman offers a well-rounded approach to fitness.
Tom Brady: Ageless wonder
The Boston Globe online
How New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady is continuing to play at such a high level despite his age.
The Best Anti-Aging Exercises, As Recommended By Experts
The Huffington Post online
Turning back the clock isn’t just about wrinkles and fine lines. It’s about staying fit — not just looking it — and keeping your body moving.
“A sedentary person hits peak muscle mass at age 20 and it starts declining from there,” National Academy of Sports Medicine master trainer Rich Fahmy told The Huffington Post. “If you are active, however, populations as old as 60 have been able to maintain their muscle mass. Activity makes a difference.”
We spoke with Fahmy, who has 16 years of experience as a personal trainer, and Barbara Bushman, a professor of kinesiology at Missouri State University, about the best ways to keep your body “young” as you age.
A few tweaks can pump up your exercise routine
USA Today print
Change your location. Sometimes, all it takes to breathe new life into a familiar routine is to do it someplace else. "If you usually walk on the treadmill, take it outside," says Bushman. "If you have a regular jogging route, try a new side street." Raise the challenge one notch higher by getting off the concrete and hitting the trails. "Trails require an additional level of focus and coordination to find your balance and negotiate unfamiliar terrain," says Minardi. No woodsy paths in your area? Make use of the steps at a local sports stadium, or walk up and down the stairs in your apartment building.
Don’t Be Fooled, Keeping Fit Is An Investment As We Age
Now It Counts online
So many of us over 50 are focused on our retirement. We’re at the peak of our careers, our earnings are better than ever and we’re setting aside extra money in our 401(k) and other investments.
We think we’re right on track and are going to be financially prepared when we retire to do the things we want like travel or spend time with the grandkids. The only problem is we haven’t done enough to ensure good fitness as we age to do the things we want and to remain healthy.
How to diet like a man and lose more weight
Health Media online
Even if your guy would never join the Strongman competition he watches on ESPN, he probably still equates muscles with manliness—and lifting with shaping up. Though we girls are no strangers to the weight room, we're far more likely to choose cardio over lifting—a real mistake. There's a mountain of scientific literature showing that nothing is more effective at keeping body fat down than strength training. "Muscle tissue is more metabolically active than fat," points out Barbara Bushman, PhD, professor of kinesiology at Missouri State University. Translation: More muscle will help you burn more calories (even when you're lounging around post-gym). "And you don't have to fear bulking up—it's testosterone that builds girth," she adds. Since women don't have a ton of the hormone coursing through our system, we're naturally not at risk of turning into she-hulks.
Why Making A Resolution To Exercise Holds Power
The Huffington Post online
For people fighting to get fit in 2014, fitness experts say a New Year’s resolution to get in shape can be an important first step and can increase overall success.
Losing weight and getting fit are among the top five resolutions every year although many good intentions run aground by the spring. But the resolution itself carries some power.
“Research suggests that success is higher (among those who make resolutions), than those who make no resolutions at all,” said Dr. Barbara Bushman, a clinical exercise specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine.
Should you take a break from exercising like Gwen Stefani?
Fox News Health online
While recording and promoting No Doubt’s sixth studio album, Push And Shove, the singer, clothing designer, wife, and mother of two decided that working out, something she once felt she “had to do,” had to go. Last year, Stefani claimed she was addicted to exercising, according to the magazine.
However, that all-or-nothing approach to exercise is what Stefani and other exercisers really need to rid themselves of, says Barbara Bushman, a professor of kinesiology at Missouri State University.
“Rest can be just as important to fitness as working out,” she says.
Dr. Barbara Bushman provides answers to questions about dietary guidelines for Americans.
Blood pressure is such a routine measure that the nuances often are taken for granted. What aspects of blood pressure measurement are important for the health and fitness professional?
The menopausal transition encompasses a series of stages beginning with menstrual irregularity and ending with menopause, followed by the postmenopausal stages. During natural menopause, a number of biological changes occur, including a gradual loss of reproductive egg cells and changes in reproductive hormones, like estrogen and progesterone. Consequences include vasomotor events (hot flashes), insomnia, and weight gain. Other symptoms include mood changes, irregular menses, breast pain, depression, and discomfort associated with genitourinary atrophy. Medications to alleviate symptoms of the various conditions associated with menopause are available but are not without risk.
One major challenge for those seeking to improve fitness or prepare for competition is determining the optimal level of training to promote improvements while avoiding injury or decreases in performance...
ACSM provides this simple definition of flexibility: “Flexibility is the ability to move a joint through its complete ROM [range of motion]” (1). Many factors impact ROM, including distensibility of the joint capsule, adequate warm-up, muscle viscosity, and tightness of ligaments and tendons (1). The ability to fully use one’s ROM plays a role in day-to-day activities (e.g., reaching, bending, turning) as well as athletic endeavors. The value of flexibility may be brought to full attention when a loss of range of motion occurs.
The number of apps in all categories in the Apple App Store increased from 800 in 2008 to 1.3 million in 2014 (6) and, as of April 2015, the number of Android apps available on Google Play surpassed 1.5 million...
The most recent National Diabetes Statistics Report reveals that in the United States, 29.1 million people (9.3% of the population) have diabetes. This includes 21 million who have been diagnosed and 8.1 million who are undiagnosed...
Health-related topics seem to be constantly in the news with apparently often contradictory conclusions and recommendations. With all the sources of information available, how can one find the "truth"?
According to the Humane Society of the United States, 78.2 million dogs are owned in the United States. Almost half of the households in the United States own at least one dog (46%)...
Physical activity is important throughout the life span—from birth onward! Although the exercise prescription will change across time, age-appropriate physical activity is recommended for everyone, including infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged youth ...
Older adults” typically refers to anyone age 65 years or older, but it is important to realize that this age group includes a wide range of fitness and health.
Are women more likely to put on pounds after menopause? What happens in the body that makes it seem easier to gain and harder to lose weight around the time of menopause? Is there anything a woman can do to combat changes in body composition?
The purpose of this study was to determine whether trained competitive runners could maintain on-land running performance using 4 wk of deep water run training instead of on-land training.