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Sep152014

Health Clubs, Fitness & Spas

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The connection between lifestyle and workplace productivity, is undeniable. Make sure your health and wellness is as much a priority as your other commitments and responsibilities. Healthy and active lifestyles help prevent future health problems, that could impact you personally and professionally. 

Here are some tips on how to create and manage a successful wellness program:

Treat yourself like a client
Treat your health like a client. Schedule your workouts and spa treatments just like any other appointment you would in your calendar.  Be sure to give yourself the same commitment of time and your best, that you would any other client. 

Keep it fun
As P. L. Travers wrote in Mary Poppins, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.” Mix up your wellness with different activities.  Walking eighteen holes on the golf course is not only great exercise; it’s a fabulous time to build relationships with clients.  Remember, the your health and wellness isn’t always directly related back to getting your sweat on, spa, massage, and holistic practices are just as healing and mind-sharpening. 

Snack smart and be prepared
Healthy eating does not have to be difficult or overly time-consuming.  The key is to keep things simple. Combine protein (dairy, meat, fish, beans, nuts, eggs) with fiber (fruits, vegetables, whole grains). Just as important as keeping healthy choices around, make sure you keep eating essentials handy.  Packing a salad but forgetting to bring a fork can be frustrating and messy. 

Reward Yourself
Incentives are a powerful tool.  Accomplishing your personal goal deserves to be recognized.  Treat yourself in ways that further promote health with a trip to your favorite spa. 

Spas offer a wide range of treatments extending beyond those associated with water. Some spas aim to provide you with total mind and body fitness including healthy eating and a complete body relaxation. Others offer a one-day experience, or alternatively two to three nights of pure peace and relaxation.  Some spas offer treatments to enhance your beauty and appearance. Examples are mud spa or wrap, facial spa, pedicure, manicure and many others. A body spa or wrap will have the effect of slimming and toning your body.

Travel time
Traveling does not mean you should take a break from your health.  Check to see first if your company has an agreement with any of the larger hotel chains that would include use of the health club during your stay. You might be surprised and even if they don't cover the cost, there could be a discount for use. It's well worth your time to ask.  

Alternatively, if you are looking to get fit at a facility that is available throughout the country, a gym membership might be the one for you. Research your choices online first. Be sure and read any and all contracts, so you don't sign up for something you will rarely use or get hung with a membership for three years without knowing it. 

Types of Health Programs

  • Endurance – aerobic activities that increase your heart rate; brisk walking, jogging, yard work (such as mowing, digging, raking), dancing, swimming, biking
  • Balance & Flexibility  - improve joint and muscle range; Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates, water aerobics
  • Resistance - strength training that increases your muscle and bone strength; lifting weights (free or machine), resistance bands
  • Cardiovascular & Aerobic – exercise programs designed to improve endurance and stamina; Zumba, running, spinning, hiking, kick boxing, swimming, cross-country skiing
  • Circuit Training – combines strength training with aerobic exercise; jogging between exercise stations
  • Weight Management  - nutrition/diet based programs that address obesity, diabetes, and heart disease prevention; Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, NutriStystem