Work Where You Work Out – – And Do Both Better

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Research finds exercise improves work performance; athletic club trend combines the two for maximum results.

Plus: trainer tips for freeing yourself from the office chair.

exerciseballWhen deciding which gym to join, look for one particular new amenity and you may wind up strengthening your mind—and your paycheck—along with your physique. Recent studies show exercising can boost work performance by improving brain function, upping productivity and reducing stress. At health clubs like the Bay Club Silicon Valley and Pacific Sports Resort’s Courtside Club, onsite fully-equipped workspace suites make it easy to fit in a workout between conference calls—or a conference call between workouts, as the case may be.

The aptly named CONNECT facilities by Bay Club operator of private luxury athletic clubs and sports resorts in California, feature high-tech, private workspace suites with high-speed Internet, touchdown meeting rooms and boardrooms, social networking lounges for private events and mixers, community quiet work rooms with a tablet bar, en-suite beverage and snack hospitality bars, and state-of-the-art presentation and video-conferencing tools, along with administrative support.

The benefits of workday exercise extend beyond the individual: If you’re the boss, they’re multiplied by your workforce. “Absenteeism is reduced, morale is increased, and long term health care costs are substantially impacted,” says Jim Colvin, M.P.H., fitness and health educator and trainer at Bay Club Silicon Valley. For managers and employees alike, here are Colvin’s tips for merging physical activity with your 9-5 routine:

Take meetings at the gym. A new study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that participants showed significantly increased signs of focus and ability to retain and use new information immediately after a 20-minute yoga session. If you’re in a position to schedule off-sites, consider a health club venue: “The key is to build in a break to do a team workout with one of the classes being offered. The rejuvenation you will find between body and brain will result in a more stimulating discussion when the team returns to business,” says Colvin.

Walk and talk. “Walking for 15 minutes will burn approximately 100 calories each time,” says Colvin. Need one-on-one time with a coworker? “Instead of going for coffee, circle your floor or the block while you chat and reap the benefits of the endorphin release in the brain.”

malepushupReschedule your workout. Typically work out at the end of the day? It’s a great stress reliever. But for a mental energy boost during the work day, consider hitting the gym on your way to the office or on your lunch break. Or, take 10-minute breaks throughout the day to climb a few flights in the stairwell or bang out a set of pushups behind your desk.

Create a “mobile” office. “A variety of companies have incorporated walking treadmill stations in the office, and studies have shown that the additional steps taken resulted in reduced waist-to-hip ratios,” says Colvin. If you’re lucky enough to work from home, you can create your own treadmill desk by stacking several foam insulation boards (cut to the right size) on the handlebars as a platform for your laptop; set the treadmill between .7 and 1 mile per hour and you’ll be able to type comfortably while you walk. Or, for those who normally retreat to the local library as a workspace, consider setting up shop at a work-friendly gym instead.

About The BAY Club

Founded in 1977, the Bay Club is the owner and operator of 11 private health, fitness, athletic, sports, and lifestyle resorts on the West Coast. Featuring six regional campuses, the Bay Club provides club members with the finest quality programming catered to the entire family including traditional fitness elements and convenient solutions to daily work, family and life demands. For 35 years, the Bay Club has maintained the highest standards of professional service, earning a reputation as one of the leading private club companies in the United States. The company employs approximately 2,000 people and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information on the Bay Club, its clubs or services, visit: www.explorebayclub.com.

Where Are Worried Parents To Turn If Their Child Is Obese?

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doctorglobeFrom Your Health Journal…..”An interesting article from Ireland in a publication called the Independent that I wanted to promote. It brings up the interesting question for parents…..Where Are Worried Parents To Turn If Their Child Is Obese? Childhood obesity is on the rise all over the world as children are showing risk factors for heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, weak joints, and asthma. The reduction of physical activity, increase of sedentary lifestyle which includes technology, as well as poor diet have all contributed to this growing concern. But, where should a parent turn to for help? Here are a few suggestions:

1. Your child’s pediatrician
2. The school nurse, principal, or PE teacher
3. A nutritionist
4. A dietician
5. A grandparent
6. A coach
7. A family role model

You get the point. A parents objective in this situation is to have long list of supporters who may be able to help an overweight or obese child. Once this is in place, then parent and child can become educated on lifestyle changes that may help them get on the path to a healthier lifestyle. Please visit the Independent web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

Where do you go and who do you turn to if your child is overweight or obese? Apparently, parents have little or no services to turn to. This startling fact was revealed at the launch of the INDI (Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute) Nourish Children Week in Dublin.

This lack of services is particularly worrying when, according to figures from the national Growing Up in Ireland survey, one-in-four of the 30,000 primary school children in this country are either overweight or obese.

The school yard is a jungle for all kids. The last thing a child needs is to be singled out for their weight. Overweight children often complain about bullying in school. This, on top of their already fragile self-esteem, is a dangerous combination.

Nourish Children Week is aiming to highlight the lack of HSE childhood obesity services. Dietitian Richelle Flanagan, INDI’s president, said there is a dearth of services despite child obesity now reaching epidemic levels.

“73pc of the country doesn’t have access to a child obesity programme and 88pc of the country doesn’t have access to a group intervention programme when kids are already obese,” he says.

The INDI presented a map of Ireland which showed that just three HSE childhood obesity prevention programmes exist across seven counties, along with two group treatment programmes that cover three counties.

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The Welsh Communities Where More Than 60% Are Overweight

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scaleFrom Your Health Journal…..”A very interesting article from a publication called Wales Online by Simon Gaskell entitled The Welsh Communities Where More Than 60% Are Overweight. This web site has discussed recently how obesity is on the rise all over the world, yet the United States is being labeled as the fat capital of the world – even though I have produced articles from Mexico, Britain, Australia, Canada, and other countries stating they have an obesity epidemic. Now, a similar report out of Wales, which shocking statistics have shown the fattest parts of Wales have populations where nearly a third of people are clinically obese and more than 60% are overweight. Please visit the Wales Online web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

Shocking statistics have shown the fattest parts of Wales have populations where nearly a third of people are clinically obese and more than 60% are overweight.

Wales’ bulging waistlines are getting bigger and are evidenced by a plan revealed by health boards this week to give patients more bariatric treatment – gastric band-style surgery – to cope with the problem.

Worried health experts have branded Wales’ obesity problem “criminal”.

According to a wide-ranging health study, Merthyr Tydfil is Wales’ fattest town with 68% of adult men and 59% of adult women tipping the scales at more than they should.

Meanwhile, a whopping 28% of Merthyr’s adult population is clinically obese – classed as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater – compared to the Wales-wide average of 22%.

Elsewhere more than 60% of people in Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen and Newport are also classed as overweight.

The obesity epidemic is said to make Wales the fattest nation in the UK and put us just behind world leader the US.

It comes after the shocking case of Aberdare teen Georgia Davis who was cut out of her own home last May in an eight-hour operation involving at least 40 firefighters, engineers and medics after she became too big to get out of her door. Doctors have since restricted Georgia to a 1,500 calorie-a-day diet – down from 13,000 – and as a result her weight has dropped from 52st to 43st.

But in contrast to Georgia’s reported weight loss, when WalesOnline visited Wales’ “fattest town” Merthyr this week, people said the area’s obesity woes were getting worse.

Jake Toomey, 18, said: “It’s true. There are a lot of people who are overweight.

“I think it’s a bad thing for health things like that, isn’t it?”

In the town’s main high street, there are a number of kebab shops and chinese buffets competing for business.

Meanwhile temptation isn’t far away for those trying to work off the pounds at the Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre – with a McDonald’s fast food restaurant just a stone’s throw away.

Many people claimed the ubiquity and convenience of takeaways in Merthyr was partly to blame for people being overweight.

Lewis Richardson, 18, said: “There are loads of takeaways which are people’s first option rather than go to the supermarket and make their own stuff.

“They can’t afford to – if you don’t get a job, you can’t get a car and go to Tesco and get stuff so it’s not great.”

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