Getting the Most from a Qi-Gong Class, Part 2

October 29th, 2012

Sometimes, when a person is agitated or irritable, the music or sound of gongs will really annoy them. Also, if a person is sensitive to fragrances, incense will be a major irritant. Speak to the instructor before class about this. As I am highly sensitive to fragrances, I will use incense when I’m away so the smoke has dissipated before I return, yet the fragrance lingers. Read the rest of this entry »

Developing Employees. Part 3

October 26th, 2012

Responding to the market

With competition or the threat of competition, the first thing many owners do is cut membership rates and employee costs and benefits. This directly conflicts with growing your organization and keeping quality employees. Dropping rates is an easy short-term approach, but it will always be the first step to putting a club out of business. As prices drop, more members will join the club. Read the rest of this entry »

Developing Employees. Part 2

October 25th, 2012

With the onslaught of Web-based technology (see Value of an Intranet by Adam B. Shaw, Fitness Management, Nov. 99, p.34), the average health club is quickly changing to incorporate new services. Members will be able to check whether a payment was received, make online payments and track their use of the club. Read the rest of this entry »

Developing Employees. Part 1

October 24th, 2012

Just as is the case with members, developing and keeping good employees
is more profitable than continually replacing them.

Within the fitness industry, owners have fought an ongoing conflict between providing long-term job stability and career opportunities for employees, and meeting business and profit expectations for themselves and their investors. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting the Most from a Qi-Gong Class, Part 1

October 18th, 2012

Oftentimes I hear people say that they took a movement (dance, yoga, qigong) class and they ‘hated’ it. Upon questioning, I find they hadn’t really analyzed what it was that caused their reaction. Read the rest of this entry »

Rating Life’s Stressful Events

October 10th, 2012

We are a people that are obsessed with lists. We have lists for everything! Let me list some stuff out for you!

Are you interested in buying or checking out a book? Go to the New York Times “best sellers” list before you decide. Do you want to see a movie this weekend? Look in the theatre section of your local paper and see which ten films were the top grossing movies the previous weekend. One of the most effective marketing tools that the “David Letterman Show” ever devised is it’s own skewed version of top ten lists. There is even a book entitled “The Book of Lists”. Put it on your list of things to buy. Read the rest of this entry »

What You Know That Isnt So, Part Three

October 5th, 2012

Myth:В When you go through menopause, it is normal to gain weight.В
Fact:В Repeated studies confirm that weight gain is not an inevitable part of menopause. So why do so many women gain weight at this time?В Its the same old story.В As you get older, you consume the same number of calories, but youre less active. Read the rest of this entry »

Climbing in South America Aconcagua

September 24th, 2012

Aconcagua is the highest peak in South America and the Southern hemisphere. My husband Stan and I have enjoyed climbing many mountains and decided to tackle Aconcagua, without a guide. Read the rest of this entry »

Reaching the Unreachable. Part 3

September 23rd, 2012

Team up with others

Establish collaborations with health professionals, hospitals, clinics and local physicians to develop a more comprehensive health improvement program for patients. Most of these health professionalsare seeing more patients in less time, making it impossible to give the necessary time for exercise and lifestyle-change recommendations. Read the rest of this entry »

Reaching the Unreachable. Part 2

September 23rd, 2012

Identify motivations

In the same health improvement class, more than half of the participants could not identify a strong motivation to become more active and eat healthier. In all of the cases, they knew they were at an increased risk of developing chronic health conditions, and that these conditions could likely lead to premature death. Read the rest of this entry »