Meet Our Trainer – Alexis

  This week’s Trainer spotlight is Alexis Mitchell! We love this girl and the way incorporates fun into her workouts. You can find out more about Alexis below! Education/Certifications Fitness Management & Personal Training through IUPUI (2017) PT Certification (Summer 2016) Training Specialties: Bootcamp classes Dance Instructor Works one on one with personal training Group fitness classes Fitness Passions: “My favorite type of passions are intense bootcamp style workouts and weight training. I love working out and dancing. These fitness activities keep me young and moving. Proper nutrition – when it comes to eating, I eat within moderation. I try to choose the healthier options when going out to...

Exercising Outdoors: Beat the Summer Heat

Exercising Outdoors: Beat the Summer Heat   It’s beautiful outdoors this time of year, and the warm weather makes it impossible to stay indoors. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy some outdoor activities. Whether it’s grilling out, taking a walk, going on a family bike ride, it’s all fun and games when its warm out- that is until it’s TOO warm. We all crave summertime until we’re faced with its realities. Stifling heat, high humidity, and the many times we question why in the world we invested in those black leather seats.   While the heat can be an annoyance (and sometimes downright unbearable), it can also be dangerous. In particular, if you’re trying to start or continue a workout routine. It’s difficult to run on a treadmill or stationary bike when you know you know that you could be doing the same thing in the real world with fresh air.   The good news is- you are entirely free to exercise outdoors. There are even benefits to exercising in the heat and having your workout inspired by the outdoors. So do it, go outside, but keep in mind that heat safety is of the utmost importance. If you exercise outdoors without understanding the effects of heat on your body, you are at risk of experiencing heat-related illnesses that cause stress on the body. Here are a few ways you can make sure you’re staying safe during your outdoor workouts.   Keep your eye on the forecast If you are trying to decide when you’re going to fit your workout, keep your eye on the temperatures. Maybe it’s...

CHIP: The Right Choice for Your Employees

  CHIP: The Right Choice for Your Employees? If you’re reading this, then I’m guessing that you’ve heard about the CHIP Program (if not then read this article to catch up (insert article link here) and now you’re trying to decide if this is a step that your business should take for its employees’ health. The success stories of the program are increasing, with more than 75,000 graduated the program with positive results, but is it for you and your company? Here are some ways to know if the program is right for you:   If you are looking to increase employee productivity/satisfaction: Then you should keep your eye on this program. Employees who are not engaged in healthy lifestyles tend to be less productive, have less job satisfaction, and an increased insurance rates (Casio, Grawitch).  Choosing a program such as CHIP allows or early intervention, prevention, and the reversal of disease progression, employees can be healthier, happier and more productive. CHIP describes these results as both employer and employee “enjoying substantially reduced medical costs and an improved bottom line.”   If you want a program that caters to more than obesity management: A lot of programs out there are pushing for obesity management, and while this is a significant health factor, there are so many more facets of health management. CHIP follows the mantra that more than 75% of our western diseases are lifestyle related. This concept infers that with the lifestyle changes promoted by this project, diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain adult cancers, depression/anxiety, and fatigue. CHIP has had multiple screenings that show significant improvement...

Seasons of Eating

Health benefits Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke. Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers. Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss. Eating foods such as vegetables that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie...

Keep It Simple

“Minimalism” is definitely a buzz word in today’s culture, which makes some people leery of the lifestyle’s benefits. “Less is more” is not a common or popular idea and living the simple life is often counter-cultural. From billboards and commercials to social media, we are bombarded every day by hundreds of messages that clutter up our awareness and our lives. Reducing the stress of having cluttered space in your life, whether it’s mental or physical, is what minimalism is all about. In other words, keep it simple. Simplicity is making space in your life for what’s truly important and cleaning the clutter out. This means something different for everyone. Maybe you have a house that is filled down to the last nook and cranny. Or maybe you just have a lot on your plate at the moment with no time to just experience life. Whatever the case, practicing simplicity has numerous benefits that go beyond what the trend of “minimalism” can describe. Freedom: the more material things and stress that we have, the more we are tied down. Possessions tend to keep us in one place when we fear losing them. Stress can hamper our willingness to let ourselves feel free to try new things and live life to the fullest. Giving up the hold that materialism and anxious living have on you can open up the doors of your life to many new things. Joy: possessions and the stressful situations that we find ourselves in do not give meaning to our lives. More often than not, they distract us from what is truly important and leave us with...

Does the word “Diet” confuse you? If you are a company, do you feel like you are crossing the line if you refer to your employee’s diet? Here is my take…………

Does the word “Diet” confuse you?  If you are a company, do you feel like you are crossing the line if you refer to your employee’s diet? Here is my take………… I personally get frustrated when I hear the word “diet”, but I must remind myself that the word diet means both: “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats” and “a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons”.  I prefer the first definition because a diet is the kinds of foods one chooses according to his or her lifestyle.  Lifestyle is not easily changed, yet it is the one thing that must change to lose body fat, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, or reverse or prevent diabetes.  Lifestyle is not only diet, it also includes stress, sleep, social activities, and exercise which all play a role in how healthy or unhealthy we are.  It is easy to forget that stress is one of the biggest reasons that people are overweight, and that lack of sleep contributes to poor food choices.  The combination of habits is important, and our diet is just a piece of it. This New Year is already bombarding us with people and media discussing “What diet will help us drop those pounds?”  Then they list the top diets this year.  No wonder we all gets confused on what is right verses wrong with diets year after year.  I struggle with the fact that now the word “diet” is primarily used as a short-term fix to drop those pounds.  These short-term fixes...

On Average, How often are you sitting a day?

On average, how many hours a day do you spend sitting down at a desk, in a car, or on the couch? How many of those sitting hours could you have spent standing up? According to the American Heart Association, the average American sits for a total of six to eight hours each day. This is dangerous because studies have shown links between sitting for long periods of time and an increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. After hearing this, standing up at work seems more important than initially thought. Here are a few easy ways you can do to stay moving throughout the work day:   Sit on something wobbly, such as a medicine ball. That will force your core muscles to be engaged even while sitting down. This will also take pressure off your back! Set a timer on your phone to remind yourself to stand up and walk around or stretch every 35 minutes or so. The more your blood is pumping the better your brain can think. Track your steps. An easy way to get more steps is by walking to a co-worker’s desk to ask a question instead of calling or sending an email. Try a standing desk if possible! While you may think this type of change is not allowed in your workplace, it can’t hurt to ask. Walk around during your lunch break. Go for an easy walk during on break instead of sitting. If it’s hard for you to walk and eat, squeeze in a quick 5 min walk after eating. This not only is great for blood...

On Target Health

Are you still looking for a program that helps your population with obesity?  Have you tried the biggest loser contest to find that so many people “lose weight” during the challenge but quickly gain it back.  The truth is more times than not most people are losing muscle and not fat during that challenge.  Fat which is the “root cause” to so many chronic diseases has to be the focus but when losing fat does not always mean the scale will move down in the beginning. Most people begin “diets” and the first thing they do is cut out meals, snacks, or simply just not eat.  There is not a cream, drink, or anything else that is going to help you lose weight if your lifestyle and knowledge of your body is not in line. The On Target program helps you to understand your numbers.  It will help you to identify body fat percentage, lean mass percentage, water percentage and your resting metabolic rate.  All these numbers are important to know exactly what your body needs to lose “FAT”.  During the program you have a health coach that provides support, talks thru choices to make with food, and more.  You are constantly being checked to watch your body fat percentage and lean mass because its important to move the fat down and lean mass up.  If you only checked your weight or BMI you probably would not see much change! Please contact us so we can share with you more about the program and how it truly can help you and your employees with the battle of obesity, diabetes,...

Fact vs Fiction….What Millennials really want from worksite wellness

Millennials are now the largest generation in the workforce. This age group, born between the early 1980s and early 2000s, accounts for one-third of the total population and outnumbers Generation Xers and baby boomers.1 Yet their health needs are varied and nuanced. For today’s employer, simply knowing that millennials are everywhere isn’t actionable. Wellness initiatives based on generalized and simplistic assumptions can undermine employee morale and retention, productivity, and health outcomes. The emergence of health analytics is helping reveal what simple statistics cannot: the unique demographics, trends and health profile of your millennial population. With data, you can reevaluate employee wellness to segment your millennial workforce, plan tailored engagement strategies, and implement personalized interventions. The first step in developing your millennial wellness strategy is understanding the themes that define this generation’s view of health. Here are ten forces to consider when crafting your strategy for millennial wellbeing. Click Below to keep reading……….. fact vs. fiction-what millennials really want from worksite...