Archive for the Fitness Category

Physical Education: Dangerous Play? Part 1

One rainy day, Neil Williams, Ph.D., decided to have his grade school students at an upstate New York school play dodge ball indoors. Something happened that changed his attitude toward childrens games forever, and it placed him at the center of a sometimes angry nationwide controversy over what should — and should not — go on in gym classes. Continue reading Physical Education: Dangerous Play? Part 1

Tai Chi Chien Learning the 32 Sword Form

Seven of us hurry toward our tai chi class, all of us discretely carrying straight swords in cases originally meant for lacrosse sticks or shotguns. We are learning the final moves in the 32 Form Yang style straight sword routine — a routine that was standardized by the Chinese National Sport Committee. Continue reading Tai Chi Chien Learning the 32 Sword Form

Enhancing Relaxation and Chi with Tai Chi

Relaxation is not a luxury. Rather, it is a necessity. In the midst of a busy day, a sip of relaxing tea will do very well to relax the stressed out nervous system. Practicing the breathing exercises of Tai Chi will boost relaxation even further. Continue reading Enhancing Relaxation and Chi with Tai Chi

The Making of a Manager, Part 2

To gain a more comprehensive perspective, good fitness managers also must understand their members. Although member suggestions aren’t always practical or feasible, staying in touch with your customers is critical. It is only through talking to them that awareness of potential or existing problems may surface. Continue reading The Making of a Manager, Part 2

The Making of a Manager, Part 1

Today’s floor supervisors or exercise instructors are often tomorrow’s fitness managers. Committed, competent fitness professionals may find themselves asked to assume management duties over time. Continue reading The Making of a Manager, Part 1

Sharon Howard’s Evaluation and Plan for Leigh. Part 3

You should consume about 30 fat grams a day. Buy a copy of the paperback book, “Book of Food Counts” by Corinne Netzer. Although it might seem tedious at first, look up each food and list the fat grams in the last column. You don’t eat that many different foods, so this will get easy as you work at it. You can also evaluate the balance of your diet at the bottom. You don’t have to fill these out perfectly — just do what you can. Continue reading Sharon Howard’s Evaluation and Plan for Leigh. Part 3

Sharon Howard’s Evaluation and Plan for Leigh. Part 2

Carbohydrates, contrary to popular opinion, are not to be avoided at all costs. Carbohydrates are found in very nutritious foods, such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains and dairy products. However, lots of carbohydrates are found in fat-free junk foods, such as cookies, cakes, pretzels, candy and soda. These foods are not to be misused even though they contain no fat. Continue reading Sharon Howard’s Evaluation and Plan for Leigh. Part 2

Trisha’s Journal: Week 10. Part 3

Armand’s Reply
Trisha,

It’s great you had some weight loss. Good job! Also, I am glad to hear that you feel significantly better after exercising. That’s a good sign that your body is looking forward to the activity. Continue reading Trisha’s Journal: Week 10. Part 3

Trisha’s Journal: Week 10. Part 2

In an attempt to evaluate the rise in your blood sugar levels, I wanted you to track your carbohydrates to learn how they affect your blood sugar. With that amount of fat and carbohydrate, the protein intake is still not “high,” and you are not at risk when you eat protein in the presence of adequate fat and carbohydrates. Continue reading Trisha’s Journal: Week 10. Part 2

Trisha’s Journal: Week 10. Part 1

Beginning on Tuesday, calculations presented another challenge: counting carbohydrates along with fat grams and calories. The recommended 175 grams of carbohydrate is too low a number if the fat grams stay down. More protein could add calories, but high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets are not recommended by the American Diabetic Association. Continue reading Trisha’s Journal: Week 10. Part 1