Archive for the ‘Fitness’ Category

Reaching the Unreachable. Part 3

Sunday, 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. (more…)

Reaching the Unreachable. Part 2

Sunday, 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. (more…)

Reaching the Unreachable. Part 1

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

At least 60 percent of the U.S. population is not active enough to reap the health benefits associated with regular exercise, and approximately 25 percent of Americans do not engage in any physical activity. Despite innovative programming and equipment, this large group of people appears unreachable. (more…)

What’s Tai Chi Chuan

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Tai Chi Chuan (or T’ai Chi) was first developed by Chang San-Feng, a Taoist priest who lived during the Sung dynasty (960-1279) and the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368). He created the movements of Tai Chi Chuan after he witnessed a snake engaged in a fight with a crane. The lasting impression of the snake’s movements inspired him of the movements later known as Tai Chi Chuan. (more…)

The Independent Contractor Trap

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Everyone from Supreme Court nominees to physical fitness professionals can become involved in the ongoing independent contractor vs. employee controversy. Like the domestic employees and independent contractors who have tripped up so many government appointments, many physical fitness facility owners and operators also unknowingly face the potentially expensive trap of mislabeling employees as independent contractors. (more…)

April’s Journal: Week Two. Part 3

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

If the ankle continues to bother you, you may want to consider low-impact cardiovascular activities. These include swimming, recumbent cycling or upright cycling. These activities are great for your cardiovascular system and they don’t put stress on your ankle. They will also work the muscles differently from walking. (more…)

April’s Journal: Week Two. Part 2

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Hi April,
You’ve made some nice progress this week. You lost 4 pounds, had two fewer alcoholic drinks and your fat gram average for the days you counted was 31. Of course, those two higher days that you couldn’t count were up there. (more…)

Pool Exercises

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Get in the swim! This summer, do not spend all of your free time in a lounge chair soaking up the sun’s rays — get your body soaked in a refreshing swimming pool. Regular moderate exercise in a pool can strengthen your heart and tone your entire body without hurting your joints. Read on for tips on how to maximize your time in the water with beneficial workouts. (more…)

Four Get Fit — April

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Hi! My name is April and I’m a 24-year-old assignment manager for a staffing company. For the past three months, I also have been working part time in a retail store. Before I started my second job, I was on the road to getting back in shape. I was going to kickboxing one or two times a week, and I tried to watch what I was eating. (more…)

Strenghthen Your Creativity Muscles

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

C-r-e-a-t-i-v-i-t-y … Truth be told, the word intimidates many of us — especially the mathematicians and engineers among us! What is creativity, anyway? Who has it? Is it the gift of a chosen few, and are the rest of us just stuck trying to “color inside the lines”? The questions are endless, so let’s take a moment to separate fact from fiction.


Creativity is rare.
Only artists and those with high IQs have it.
It’s a gift that defies logic and cannot be scientifically explained.

Everyone has the capacity for creativity.
We can learn to generate it.
It can be produced in a laboratory setting, and is explained by something called “generativity theory.”
Even the corporate world has begun to recognize the value and legitimacy of creative thinking.
Everyone recognizes that we exercise creativity when we arrange a vase of flowers, or create a work of art from a blank canvas. What is less well understood is that creative thinking can help solve logical, even technical, problems. At his own admission, Einstein’s theory of relativity came out of a creative process, not a linear, analytical one.

Simply put, creativity happens when old ideas are combined in new ways. And in our increasingly complex world, we need all the creative solutions we can find!

We are all born with creativity “muscles.” But if we don’t develop them through regular exercise, they will be of no use to us. Begin engaging in the following “exercises” and notice how your creativity develops.

You’ve already got it … now just hold on to it. Every day we have many moments of creative possibility — we have just learned to ignore them. Dreams, daydreams, thought fragments, reactions to just about anything — all provide creative material. The key is to write, write, write!

Always keep a pencil and paper handy — even by your bedside. Writing makes subconscious material conscious, and makes it possible to save that
absurd stream of consciousness that just may contain a flash of brilliance!

Treat yourself to something different. Doing anything outside your normal routine, especially if it is also a sensory experience (such as a great art exhibit, a wonderful concert or a day by the ocean) can be a great creativity trigger. After such an experience, that seemingly unattainable idea presents itself — when you aren’t even looking for it!

Change your environment. Move the furniture, play different music, surround yourself with a variety of interesting and unrelated objects, such as kids’ toys, artifacts from other cultures, tools or Christmas ornaments. Altering your environment and introducing random and unrelated “stuff” is bound to trigger the unexpected.

Go for a walk. You may have noticed that exercise, particularly walking, will get the creative juices flowing. As you take in your surroundings, and stay in the present moment, creativity blocks seem to disappear.

Also, exercise expends nervous energy and leaves you with an unusual clarity of thought.

Whether you are working on a physics problem or at a potter’s wheel, doing anything different can help generate fresh ideas and novel solutions. And implementing the above strategies on a regular basis will surely allow you to flex your creativity muscles, naturally and often!