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Hospital wellness programs offer a variety of services. This article explains the services commonly offered at local health facilities, and potential health benefits you might see from using these offered services.

Cardiovascular Equipment

Equipment like treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, rowing machines, and stair climbers can be found in hospital run wellness centers. These machines are used for aerobic exercise, which is known to facilitate weight loss, promote weight management, strengthen your heart, and maintain healthy arteries.

Strength Training Equipment

Free weights and other strength training equipment are another component of a great wellness programs. Lifting weights is an important component of an exercise program for both men and women. When done correctly, weight lifting will create strong bones, promote weight loss and weight management, improve chronic conditions, and alleviate certain joint pain.

Personal Training

While you might love all the potential health benefits mentioned above, it can be intimidating when starting a new exercise program or trying out a new facility. That’s where knowledgeable and professional staff can help. Most wellness centers keep personal trainers on staff to work one on one with you to ensure that you’re following a program that will work for you. They are able to show you how to use the equipment, make sure you’re using it properly, and answer any questions you might have along the way.

Nutrition Staff

Another important factor to any wellness program is a good diet. Hospital nutrition staff is a group of highly educated professionals at your disposal. In discussion of your dietary needs, they are equipped to make knowledgeable suggestions to aid you in living the healthiest lifestyle possible. A good diet can manage diseases like diabetes, and research has shown that it can reduce risks for many of life-threatening illness.

Massage Staff

Massage is not only a relaxing experience; it can be good for your health as well. Studies have shown it can reduce stress, pain, and muscle tension. People suffering from conditions such as arthritis or chronic headaches, diseases like fibromyalgia, and disorders like anxiety have seen relief in their symptoms due to massage therapy. Massage is a great compliment to any well-rounded wellness program, and can be a great treat for all your hard work at the gym!

Managing your health is important, and proactive hospital-run wellness programs can be instrumental in helping you build a healthy body to withstand the years to come.

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Source by Andrea Avery

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You don’t need to spend a lot of money on an expensive gym membership when you get Verizon FiOS TV service at home. Verizon FiOS On Demand offers a full range of workout videos that you can watch instantly anytime you want. Need to work out before you head off to the office? Just go to On Demand and choose the workout you want for that day. Do you want to find a way to calm down after a tough day? Don’t spend money on a yoga class. Just head home and search through the workouts available on Verizon FiOS TV On Demand.

Paying for a gym is one of the biggest expenses that people have, and most people don’t even bother to go on a regular basis. You know you should go, but once you get home from work you don’t want to head out again and fight through traffic to get to the gym right? Then don’t. You can choose from a wide range of state of the art workouts using Verizon FiOS On Demand. The workout lineup is rotated on a regular basis which gives you a chance to change up your workout routine and try something new, or you can stick with your old favorites. Here are just a few of the types of workouts that are available with Verizon FiOS TV service:

Boot camps – Boot camp workouts are very trendy right now and boot camp style gym classes can cost a fortune. Stay home and you get the benefits of a full boot camp style aerobic workout right in your own living room. Have your friends come over and do the workout with you so that you’ll have extra motivation to keep doing the workout. Boot camp workouts usually combine a wide range of aerobic styles so you can get a full workout in a short period of time.

Yoga and Pilates – Yoga and Pilates classes at gyms are always full, some of the popular Pilates classes even have waiting lists. You can skip the lists and get the same strength training workouts at home using Verizon FiOS. On Demand workouts from the most respected names in Yoga and Pilates are always available so that you can get a great workout from a reputable source. And you can get it for free.

Dance – Dance workouts are very popular and Verizon FiOS lets you choose from many different styles of dance for your workouts. Flamenco, Bellydance, Striptease, Classic Ballet, Jazz and Urban/Hip Hop dancing workouts are all available as well as dance workouts that combine these dance styles into one. You can choose a different dance workout for everyday of the week and stay fit without getting bored.

Don’t waste money on an expensive gym membership that you won’t use or on expensive home workout DVDs that will leave you bored after a few weeks. Workout with Verizon FiOS On Demand and you can choose the style, level, and length of workout that is right for you.

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Source by Russell Blanc

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We are really out of shape! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two out of every three Americans are overweight and one-third is clinically obese. Regular exercise would greatly improve the situation, but according to the American College of Sports Medicine, less than half of all Americans get the recommended amount of exercise. This is compounded by the fact that more than 50% of the people who begin an exercise program abandon it within the first six months. This happens for five primary reasons: injury, a lack of time, boredom, a lack of support and a lack of motivation. The good news is there are specific steps we can take to address each of these problems.

1. Injury. Injuries are the single biggest reason people abandon their exercise programs. An injury can include significant damage to muscle tissue such as a sprain, or the minor muscle damage that causes soreness. Either situation can diminish your motivation to exercise. The most effective way to deal with injuries is to avoid them. You can do this by warming up before exercise, by starting with a simple exercise regimen and expanding it over time, by learning the proper form for every exercise, and by engaging in a variety of aerobic and strength training activities.

2. A Lack of Time. The number one excuse for not exercising is, you guessed it, a lack of time. No one ever thinks they have enough time to work out but the truth is, you only need to spend about 30 minutes, 5-6 days-a-week to get significant health benefits from exercise. In addition, you don’t need a formal exercise regimen. Instead, try to make increased physical activity a part of your daily life. You can do this by cycling to work or school, by engaging in physical activities with your children (e.g., throwing a Frisbee), by participating in sports activities you enjoy (but be careful, this is how injuries often occur), by walking on a daily basis, or by doing household activities (e.g., mowing the lawn, shoveling snow).

3. Boredom. Another reason people stop exercising is because they get bored. Therefore, it is important to have variety in your physical activities. Try to do different exercises day-to-day or week-to-week. Select activities you enjoy, not those someone else says you should do. Remember, there is no best exercise. Anything that gets you moving will enhance your fitness and overall health.

4. A Lack of Support. It is difficult to engage in a successful, long-term exercise program without the psychological support of your family, friends and even co-workers. Develop this support by exercising with others. This is especially powerful early in your exercise regimen. It is much harder to skip a workout if you have one or two friends exercising with you.

5. A Lack of Motivation. Each of the aforementioned factors can have a negative impact on your motivation to exercise. However, at the end of the day, you must define your reasons for exercising. Are you trying to get into shape for an athletic event? Perhaps you want to look better for an upcoming social engagement. Maybe you want to reduce your risk for disease. Whatever your reasons are, clarify them in your mind and always keep them in front of you. One way to do this is to write down your reasons for exercising and post them in highly visible areas. This will give you a constant reminder of why you are exercising and can motivate you to continue through difficult periods when your enthusiasm is low.

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Source by Tyrone Holmes

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Just a couple weeks ago I posted this epic guidance: “8 Ways to Debunk Wellness and Health Promotion Research Papers.” It obviously rocked the world of the scientific health-publishing community.

Since then, editorial review boards of respected research journals in the population and workplace-health fields have called emergency meetings. The boards admitted a need for more diligence in evaluating article submissions, and then improving objective, peer-review standards prior to publication. My phone is ringing off the hook. HA! NOT!!

In fact, the Journal of Environmental and Occupational Medicine (JOEM) just published an article titled, “Does Whale Oil Illuminate Darkness Effectively?” Well, that wasn’t exactly the title. But it was close. It was actually, “Do Workplace Health Promotion (Wellness) Programs Work?” The article manages to include most of my eight warning signs for being invalid.

My colleague (defined as another person who knows the lyrics for the great tunes of the 60s and 70s) Jon Robison, PhD (see note below) just asked 13 questions about the JOEM paper of the lead author, which I think should be answered.

The reference to “the parallel universe” means that the conclusions Goetzel and company came up with have no relation to our known laws of science. The conclusions are not of this earth. In essence, you have to suspend reality to accept Goetzel’s claims. That’s a fair criticism.

Al Lewis, PhD, and Vik Khanna, have been calling Dr. Goetzel on these issues for years. If you haven’t read Lewis and Khanna’s book, “Surviving Workplace Wellness, With Your Dignity, Finances and (Major) Organs Intact,” you should if you’re working in workplace wellness or health promotion. And of course, don’t miss the most in-depth (and sometimes scathing) review of that work, which I bravely posted, “Al Lewis and Vik Khanna criticized me in their new book, Surviving Workplace Wellness. And now my life is over.”

Khanna (once again) took exception to Goetzel’s JOEM paper in his post, “Do Workplace Health Promotion Wellness Programs Work?: Ron Goetzel’s circularity.” Lewis makes a comment on Khanna’s blog opening with the statement, “It might be nice if Mr. Goetzel actually responded for a change.” Indeed.

What You As a Wellness or Health-Promotion Professional Should Do

Often employers and some brokers are unknowingly complicit in allowing these invasive and ineffective wellness programs into workplaces. Workplace wellness as it’s currently practiced is starting to be challenged by mainstream media and the weakness of the concept is becoming more widely understood.

And not too long ago I published, “5 Questions That Will Make Your Wellness Vendors Think They’re Having a Bad Nightmare… A Workplace-Wellness Critique.”

I don’t suggest an anti-wellness movement. But the entire paradigm, our thinking about it, and new solutions are needed. There are a lot of good people out there with better ideas based on common sense and sound science. That’s why I remain optimistic that workplace wellness can transition, change, and evolve into a meaningful and effective way to help people enjoy their careers and to be healthier. But we have to let go of what doesn’t work.

Which reminds me of a popular old quote, “There is no right way to do the wrong thing.”

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Source by Shawn Connors

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