Fiscal fitness. Part 1

September 26th, 2012

In the fitness industry, we know a lot about fat reduction. We know that reducing the fat from our food while maintaining a nutritious diet is necessary to keep our bodies healthy and that a lean body functions most efficiently. But there’s another type of reduction that is equally important to us as fitness facility managers — cost reduction. Read the rest of this entry »

What are the Therapies for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome?

September 17th, 2012

First lets review the definition of carpal tunnel syndrome to be sure that we are talking about the same condition.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is defined by Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary as:

Soreness, tenderness, and weakness of the muscles of the thumb caused by pressure on the median nerve at the point at which it goes through the carpal tunnel of the wrist.

It commonly affects people who perform repetitive motions using the wrist, such as typists and cashiers.

The best thing to do for carpal tunnel syndrome is to prevent it from happening in the first place. There are products available that fit on the end of your keyboard that keep your wrists in a neutral position, but a book of the same thickness works just as well. Also avoid turning your hands in or out as you type.

If you do develop symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, see your health care professional.

Your Doctor may recommend ice massage a couple times a day to help reduce the inflammation of the tendons running through the carpal tunnel.

Other treatment options available include ultrasound over the effected area and special splints.
But again, the best thing to do is to take the necessary steps to avoid it in the first place.

Cyber Training

September 7th, 2012

Online personal training has become increasingly popular among exercisers. Offering your clients cyber training may increase member retention and attract new members, as online services are cheaper and more accessible than hands-on training. Read the rest of this entry »

Neck Stretches Do all of these Stretches

September 7th, 2012

Neck “Pull Back” Stretch (Retraction) – Stand or sit facing a mirror straight on. Pull your head back away from the mirror, while not putting the head down or up. Hold the stretch 10 seconds. Increase the stretch to 15 seconds after 3 weeks and to 20 seconds after another 3 weeks. Perform the stretch twice. Read the rest of this entry »

Program Philosophy

July 31st, 2012

There are three key points that can help fuel community awareness about your program.

Sedentary people need to exercise. There is really no debate about this. Sedentary employees are a risk to themselves and their employer. Read the rest of this entry »

Robin’s Journal: Week 9. Part 2

July 24th, 2012

I feel a little discouraged by this, yet a little energized at the same time: I am so close to reaching my first mini-goal of breaking two hundred pounds! Since I was told to take it easy this weekend, I am going to limit my exercise Saturday and Sunday to some light walking, but try to eat well to mitigate any bad effects. I think everything should be back to normal Monday when I go back to work. Read the rest of this entry »

Robin’s Journal: Week 9. Part 1

July 24th, 2012

Hi y’all!

I’m sorry that I don’t have a real food or exercise diary this week. My surgery went very well, but typing is tough with my right arm in a cast. I wasn’t able to do a regular diary, but I did write up a short journal entry for this week. I hope it is acceptable. Read the rest of this entry »

Behavioral Contracting

July 19th, 2012

So you’re building a team in the workplace — or at least trying to improve the relations of your staff members. You, as the manager, or the staff as a whole, have identified some areas in which various staff members could use some help in becoming better team players. For example, maybe a staff person feels everyone is out to get them or maybe someone has a tendency to be pessimistic about new ideas. If you can’t quite put your finger on the problem area, this month’s Management Matters may help. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Healthy Living After 40

July 9th, 2012

Recommendations from the National Institute For Fitness and the American Dietetic Association:

What Is Your Doctor Concerned About

July 9th, 2012

Your doctor must first be certain of the diagnosis. Once a firm diagnosis has been made, your doctor will assess your condition and determine the likelihood of a heart attack. Read the rest of this entry »