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Exercise Good for What Ails Ya! Part 2

Posted by Lloyd on October 12, 2012
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3) Exercise helps reduce symptoms related to seasonal allergies.

Yes, it’s true! Conditions such as hay fever and asthma can benefit from exercise. Since all seasonal allergies and some asthma-related respiratory conditions are allergic in nature, exercise has the ability to regulate the allergic process. Specifically, exercise has been shown to help the adrenal glands produce adrenaline and cortisol, which actually prevents or helps reduce the allergic response. Cortisol is related to the drug cortisone, which is frequently prescribed by physicians for allergic or inflammatory conditions. Look at that, you have an entire pharmacy of drugs produced inside your body and you didn’t even know it. Continue reading…

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Exercise Good for What Ails Ya! Part 1

Posted by Lloyd on October 04, 2012
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You have undoubtedly heard of the many benefits of regular exercise. Reduction in body fat, improved cardiovascular function and reduced blood cholesterol are all well-known benefits of exercise. In addition to these physiological benefits there are psychological benefits as well. Continue reading…

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Starting & Maintaining an Exercise Program

Posted by Lloyd on September 26, 2012
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Now that I have you thoroughly concerned (I hope), I will try and help you develop the tools you need to make a lasting lifestyle change. Understand that this is not going to be a pep talk, we are going to deal with the real psychological, physical and behavioral issues that keep you from making changes in your life. Don’t worry, I will spare you the psychobabble. Continue reading…

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When a Teammate Trips Up

Posted by Lloyd on September 17, 2012
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Sometimes, though, your teammates are going to let you down. They will mess up a play, trip themselves up or totally blow the game. As a member of that team, you’re understandably disappointed and probably a bit irritated, as well. But try to keep in mind that everyone has an off day now and again. You’ve had them, too. It can be hard for all the members to synchronize their performances at the critical time and a thousand things can impact the outcome of the game or an individual’s performance on any given day. Continue reading…

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Hamstring Stretches

Posted by Lloyd on September 06, 2012
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Supine Towel Hamstring Stretches: Lie on your back on a pad on the floor. The right knee is bent at 90 degrees and is pointing straight up with the foot flat on the ground. That means that the knee is not pointing out to the side. The left knee is straight and is pulled back by a towel on the leg above the knee towards the left side of the chest, while the tailbone is kept on the floor. Maintain this position for 20 seconds, then switch legs and repeat. Do each leg at least twice. Continue reading…

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Include your Members

Posted by Lloyd on July 30, 2012
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Look beyond your staff to your members for further waste-elimination opportunities. And be sure to communicate to members where you are making changes. Nurture efficient club usage from members and guests. This could be as simple as enlarging the welcome mat so more dirt and dust is kept out of the facility. Continue reading…

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Healthplex Sports Club

Posted by Lloyd on July 09, 2012
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With the changing demographics of health club members, and with the U.S. population reaching older ages, the “usual” way of running a fitness business may no longer be the best way. Now, members are seeking amore holistic wellness approach, rather than the old strictly fitness approach. Continue reading…

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Can I Exercise Above my Target Heartbeat Range?

Posted by Lloyd on May 31, 2012
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Are there risks associated with exercising above your target heartbeat range — in the range of 80 percent to 90 percent of maximum? Continue reading…

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Couching a Bad Lifestyle. Part 2

Posted by Lloyd on April 03, 2012
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Interestingly enough, back pain is one of the most prevalent illnesses,and it can easily be treated with exercise. Exercise as treatment is a radical departure from that which has been prescribed for most Americans in the past. Typically, surgery or other invasive forms of treatment are prescribed, with little or no results. Continue reading…

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Couching a Bad Lifestyle. Part 1

Posted by Lloyd on April 03, 2012
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The sedentary population hates us. Gone are the days when it was OK for them to lead couch potato lifestyles. Ten to 20 years ago, exercise was more of an individual choice. Those of us who chose to be physically active did so because it made us look and feel good. But those who didn’t, hey, it was up to them to decide what kind of lifestyle they chose to live, right? Continue reading…

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