Oct 23

Summer Heat: The Danger Zone

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Tags: , , October 23rd, 2012

The death of Minnesota Vikings All-Pro tackle Korey Stringer has focused attention on the danger of heat stroke, a life-threatening condition that can develop very rapidly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 22

Holiday Exercise Do’s and Don’ts

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Tags: , , October 22nd, 2012

You’re busier than ever. You barely have time to deck the halls and trim the tree, much less time to exercise for an hour or so. Should you just forgo your exercise routine and wait until the New Year? Is it even worth going to the gym or out for a walk if you haven’t been consistent? Won’t the calories just add up anyway? Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 27

Healthy Holiday Eating

Posted: under Fitness.
Tags: , , September 27th, 2012

We have parties to kick off the Super Bowl, and bring in the goodies to prove it! Valentine’s Day is full of chocolate; Halloween is even more abundant in sweets. Then we have champagne brunches, birthday parties, lavish dinners, and other personal celebrations too.

Very often we mix food with unhealthy consequences. There are digestive problems and weight gain, plus other side effects that could be avoided with the use of a little common sense.

A holiday feast does not have to be a recipe for disaster. Consider the traditional Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Skinless, white meat turkey offers a lean source of protein. Baked sweet potatoes are low-fat and potassium-rich side dishes. The key is to enjoy your holiday treats in moderation. Nutritionists tell us to apply the 80/20 rule. 80% healthy food and 20% treats.

When Holidays are upon you, here are some healthy cooking alternatives. Substitute high-fat ingredients with low-fat options whenever you can. Mashed potatoes can taste great even without butter or sour cream. Make them with broth and season them with thyme and garlic, for example. Use nonfat toppings instead of homemade whipped cream for desserts, but make it special with a little ground nutmeg and some thawed orange juice concentrate.

If you’re a guest, offer to bring something such as a platter of colorful veggies, with broccoli, sliced peppers, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and snow peas. Along with that, bring an assortment of low-fat dips or a main-dish lasagna prepared with spinach and low-fat cheese.

Resist the temptation to eat a food just because it’s there, and reserve the calories for what you love. For instance, potato chips and peanuts are nothing special and might as well be skipped, but Grandma’s pecan pie is a rare treat to be savored. If you sample a food and find it doesn’t appeal to you, simply find a tastier replacement.

Ever notice how guests seem to gather in the kitchen or around the buffet table? Fill your plate (preferably a small one), then find a spot away from the food. If you stay within arm’s reach of the offerings, you’re more inclined to keep picking and nibbling even after you’re full.

There are plenty of tricks to help keep you from mindlessly over-indulging on food and drink.

Chew gum so you don’t keep putting food in your mouth, remind yourself that carrying a plate around the whole party looks terrible, and follow every alcoholic or high-calorie drink, such as eggnog, with a glass of plain water.

This will prevent you from having one after another.

Another trick is to write down everything you eat. This will make you realize just what you are consuming, reading the truth helps you come to the point of no denial.

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Sep 19

The Short on Shin Splints

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Tags: , , September 19th, 2012

People with flat feet or low arches tend to overpronate. Shin splints can also be caused by underpronation or supination. This is when the foot rolls outward when stepping. People with high arches tend to supinate. Other causes can be doing too much too soon, walking or running on hard surfaces or wearing worn out shoes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 18

Tips for Dealing With Heat Stress During Physical Activity

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Tags: , , September 18th, 2012

Whether athletes like it or not they are predisposed to heat exhaustion while training during the summer months. If the temperature and the relative humidity are both above 80 degrees, precautions need to be taken to avoid both injury and illness. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aug 31

Regular Physical Activity Reduces Risk of Breast Cancer in Women

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Tags: , , August 31st, 2012

Breast cancer is a disease feared by most women, prompting many to search for ways to reduce their risk. Until now, there have been conflicting results of the relationship between exercise and breast cancer, but new research has concluded that regular exercise can reduce a woman’s chance of getting breast cancer, according to one study, by 30 percent. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jul 31

Approaching Sponsors

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Tags: , , July 31st, 2012

In approaching local businesses to sponsor your program, your primary selling tool will be the exposure that they will receive. Sometimes member-owned businesses are easy sales for a program like this. To recruit sponsors, first send an initial letter outlining the program. Follow with a telephone call and an in-person visit with project materials. You should market the co-sponsors in any and all promotions used for the project. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jul 19

Pricing too Low is the Biggest Mistake we Make in the Club Business, Part 5

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Tags: , , July 19th, 2012

If a competitor came in and offered a higher price membership it wouldn’t take away a huge number of members from the low-price operator. It doesn’t have to. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jul 19

Pricing too Low is the Biggest Mistake we Make in the Club Business, Part 4

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Tags: , , July 19th, 2012

Again, we aren’t selling a commodity, we’re selling a service. And in most services, the consumer thinks that the highest priced service is the best. For example, if you’re suffering from some terrible illness, do you want the cheapest doctor you can find treating you? If you are in serious legal trouble, do you want the cheapest lawyer you can find defending you? Read the rest of this entry »

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Jul 19

Pricing too Low is the Biggest Mistake we Make in the Club Business, Part 3

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Tags: , , July 19th, 2012

The club simply can’t provide service because the owners don’t have the additional revenue and probably don’t believe in it anyhow. Each day the club is judged successful or not by the amount of sales generated that day. Note here that there is no other revenue in these clubs from multiple profit centers because this style of club can’t control them. Why? Because all the real people are in sales and the rest are warm bodies who are passing through on their way to other jobs. Read the rest of this entry »

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