Sports Participation Trends in the U.S.

Friday, September 7, 2012 12:10
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According to a study conducted by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), 66 percent of Americans participate at least occasionally in one or more sports/fitness activities. In SGMA¹s Sports Participation in America report (based on the Superstudy by American Sports Data), a number of statistically significant trends were revealed. Read the rest of this entry »

Neck Stretches

Monday, September 3, 2012 10:46
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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 »

Potential Food Culprits. Part 2

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 11:16
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Potential Food Culprits. Part 1

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 11:12
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Some foods are more commonly reported as troublemakers than others. An easy elimination approach is to simply avoid or cut down on one or more of these and observe your symptoms. Read the rest of this entry »

Bringing Mind Body to Your Facility, Part 2

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 7:28
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Mind/body techniques

Here are some mind/body techniques used at The Marsh.

Training methods:

* Visualization is encouraged during exercise. For those who are hypertensive, trainers have them visualize their blood vessels being relaxed and open as they exercise. Read the rest of this entry »

Bringing Mind Body to Your Facility, Part 1

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 7:21
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Mind/body fitness — what is it? Who does it? Is it necessary for a facility to incorporate it into its programming? These are some of the current questions circulating in the fitness industry. In response, let me share a personal experience with mind/body fitness at The Marsh, A Center for Balance and Fitness in Minneapolis, Minn. Read the rest of this entry »

Ryan’s Journal

Thursday, July 12, 2012 7:07
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The cruise through the Carribean was great. As I expected, there was food available 24 hours a day. Dinner was the killer meal. Breakfast for me (between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m.) consisted of fruit, juice and a bagel. Twice, I had a full breakfast. Lunch typically consisted of salad with occasional fresh pasta. Read the rest of this entry »

Spa Fitness Center. Part 2

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 14:08
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Some older members arrive early in the facility’s parking lot, at about 4 a.m., and don’t leave until 10 or 11 a.m. The spa opens at 6 a.m. The average age of members who work out in the morning is above 51. “We have many members who have been here for almost 30 years,” Gibson says. “We’ve been able to monitor their progress over the years, and that’s been one of our strong points. Read the rest of this entry »

Spa Fitness Center. Part 1

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 14:04
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The first Spa Fitness Center opened in 1974 with one member. Today, the combined membership of its three locations on the island of Oahu(Pearl City, Waipio Gentry and Honolulu) is 100,000. Meanwhile, 17 otherfitness centers on the islands have opened and closed, and Hawaii is in the worst economic crisis in the history of the state. Read the rest of this entry »

Paula’s Journal

Friday, June 29, 2012 9:43
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I have no loss to report this week, but I didn’t gain either. I stayed the same, which is really surprising to me. I thought the scale would have shown a few extra pounds. My hormones are still out of whack! I am retaining fluid — I can tell because my wedding band is very tight! It’s awful. Read the rest of this entry »