Weight Loss Camps for Kids. Part 1

Tashwanda Pinchback, now 24 and a public relations account executive in Atlanta, Ga., didn’t realize she was overweight until she arrived at Camp Camelot at age 12. At the Springfield, Mass.-based summer weight loss program for kids, Pinchback was surprised to find herself the second heaviest camper in the month-long, all-girl session. (more…)

October 23rd, 2012 - Posted in Fitness | | Comments Off

Health and Fitness Facilities. Part 2

Holistic health care appeals to those frustrated by traditional medicine or who simply want to try a different approach. In the past, alternative medicine may have been considered a type of witchcraft or voodoo, but currently more people are trying it. (more…)

September 20th, 2012 - Posted in Fitness | | Comments Off

Health and Fitness Facilities. Part 1

“All that is really necessary for survival of the fittest, it seems, is an active interest in life, good, bad or peculiar.”

While the fitness industry focuses primarily on preventive health management, the American health care system has been based on rehabilitative or restorative medicine. (more…)

September 20th, 2012 - Posted in Fitness | | Comments Off

Swiss Ball

Starting Position:
Lie back on a Swiss ball face up with your feet spread a comfortable distance apart and in a stable position; allow your abdominal region to stretch as your back rounds and contours the ball; position hands crossed across the chest. (more…)

September 14th, 2012 - Posted in Fitness | | Comments Off

Help Clients Accommodate Disruption. Part 4

Effective strategies

Encourage clients to be creative but realistic when adapting their exercise routines for holiday disruptions. Ask them questions such as, Can you keep your current exercise program going? What could get in the way? How could you deal with these interruptions? What kinds of physical activities could you do instead of your current routine? (more…)

September 3rd, 2012 - Posted in Fitness | | Comments Off

Help Clients Accommodate Disruption. Part 3

This kind of exercise can be helpful and is useful in any behavior-change program. After clients have gone through this general visualization, ask them to think about physical activity. How have they been active during past holidays? What has worked before? What hasn’t? What kind of physical activities will fit into the holiday season this year? (more…)

September 3rd, 2012 - Posted in Fitness | | Comments Off

Help Clients Accommodate Disruption. Part 2

A change of schedule causes many people to abandon good intentions. Add to that family and financial stress, fatigue and travel, and you have a proven recipe for relapse. Part of the problem is that most people approach behavior change from an all-or-nothing point of view, and when they can’t do it “all,” they figure they may as well throw in the towel. (more…)

September 3rd, 2012 - Posted in Fitness | | Comments Off

Help Clients Accommodate Disruption. Part 1

“I love the holidays, but my exercise program falls apart,” your client says. “When my routine gets interrupted, I don’t get around to my workout. I know exercise is important. Any suggestions for staying active during the holidays?” (more…)

September 3rd, 2012 - Posted in Fitness | | Comments Off

Steve’s Journal: Week Three

Dear Sharon and Armand,
I am e-mailing this from the slopes of Stratton Mountain, VT. My diet stayed on track this week. I lost two more pounds! (more…)

July 19th, 2012 - Posted in Fitness | | Comments Off

Becoming a Better Listener

In today’s noisy society, silence is practiced less but valued more. Most of us don’t listen well because we can get away with it. We nod, look concerned, mumble “umm-hmm,” without really listening to the person talking to us. We try to have a phone conversation while doing work, reading mail, eating or driving. With all these distractions, it’s no wonder we’re a society of poor listeners. (more…)

July 16th, 2012 - Posted in Fitness | | Comments Off

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