the right Fitness Facility.... by: Rob Kehoe
can you do to assure yourself you have chosen the correct fitness
facility to train with? With more options available than ever,
it has become increasingly difficult to select where to train.
My job in this article is to break it down and make the selection
much easier for you. The day is October 17th, 2013 and one of
my Boot Camp attendees has informed me that her good friend, who
trains at a different gym has torn her meniscus at her particular
"workout". This was not the first time I had heard about
this facility's negligence injuring people and I'm sure it will
not be the last.
The one sad absolute truth in the fitness industry is that ANYONE
can open a gym. It's not similar where you have to be degreed
to become a teacher or where you have to fulfill education and
training requirements to become a police officer.....no, the sad
truth is anyone can open a fitness facility if they want to. With
this knowledge in mind, the best thing you can do is prep yourself
as best you can with the information that is available.
1) Use the internet.... Find out if your trainers are degreed
in Exercise Science and certified with prestigious fitness certifications.
If their website doesn't point out that their trainers are degreed
and certified, there is a good chance they aren't!
2) Contact the facility directly.... Call and ask what requirements
each trainer must have. The last thing you want to do is pay a
premium price for sessions just to get a college kid who is looking
to make a few extra bucks training you.
3) Go for a consultation as most facilities offer a free consultation
with your first visit. If you don't perform any type of corrective
stretching exercises before or after the workout, you can pretty
much "X" that place off your list. Being sore and tight
for 2 weeks is not conducive towards a healthy lifestyle. If all
they do during your consultation is show you around their facility,
instead of focusing on you, again you can eliminate them off your
list. A consultation should be focused on the needs of the client,
not everything else.
4) If their facility charges extra for nutritional counseling,
do they really care about you achieving your goal or are they
trying to squeeze as much money out of you as possible? Little
signs like this say it all.
The bottom line is that if you follow these steps and rationalize
every aspect of this checklist, you should wind up in a good environment
with respectable trainers. There are a lot of good ones out there,
but there are also a lot of bad ones too, so do your homework
and you will reach your maximum potential!!
the Holidays-Weight Gain Free.
by: By: Debi Silber, MS, RD, WHC, FDN The Mojo Coach
the holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends,
for many of us, it’s also a time to kick our healthy eating
to the curb until January 1st. How can you enjoy the holidays
while remaining weight gain free? Here are a few ideas:
• Always start with a healthy
breakfast. It kick-starts your metabolism and is a great time
to load up on fresh fruit, healthy grains and fiber.
• Dress strategically-Wearing
fitted clothes provides a subconscious reminder to keep from overindulging
because they’ll feel snug when you start to overdo it versus
clothing that stretches right along with you.
• Don’t save your calories-
Saving your calories for a big meal? DON"T. Being overly
hungry leads to overeating every time. Having a light snack of
100-200 calories before a party will keep your judgment in tact
and will allow you to make better decisions.
• Try the clutch trick- When
heading out to a party, bring a clutch bag instead of one with
a shoulder strap (or tuck the strap in the bag). By holding your
purse you've instantly eliminated a free hand that could be grabbing
high fat/calorie appetizers.
• Preplan your drinks- Will
you limit your drinking to one or two drinks? Alternate between
drinks and a non-alcoholic beverage? Drink a wine spritzer to
cut the amount of wine you're drinking in half? Choose whichever
plan feels best and stick with it.
• Preplan your travel snacks-
Be sure to pack some healthy snacks and drinks for your trip.
Chances are whatever you pack will be healthier than what you’d
find along the way.
• Eat a balanced meal-By
eating balanced meals of healthy carbohydrates, fruits/vegetables,
protein and some fat you’ll feel more balanced and will
be less likely to binge later on.
• Get enough sleep-A lack
of sleep will encourage you to search for more energy, usually
through sugar or caffeine. Get enough sleep to avoid a sugar induced
energy surge…and crash.
• Restaurant ordering- Since
your trip may involve more dining out than usual, here are a few
healthier menu words to look for. Baked, broiled, grilled, steamed,
roasted, seasoned, poached, seared and red sauce. Words that signify
a food is heavier in fat or calories are fried, breaded, battered,
crispy, cheesy, buttery, creamy, stuffed and white sauce.
• Be a food snob- Only eat
what’s special for that holiday and shun foods you can have
on any occasion. By having what’s significant to the holiday
and allowing for a taste of the special foods served only during
that time of year, you’ll feel part of the celebration without
• Don't feel pressured to
eat everything-Just because it’s there doesn’t mean
you have to eat it. Need a mantra? How about “It looks better
in the garbage/on the table than on me!”
• Have a strategy ready for
food pushers-“I’ve been looking forward to your delicious
cookies and I’m saving room for a taste” or “I’m
stuffed now but can I wrap it up and take it with me for later?”
They’ll feel that their treat is so special you want to
find a way to eat it while you can choose to do whatever you like
with it once you leave.
• Skip seconds-Sometimes
you just need a non-negotiable rule like no seconds unless it’s
water or vegetables. Period.
• Drink lots of water-Besides
having so many other health benefits, water helps to fill you
and slows down your eating.
• Beware of stress eating-When
you’re eating, determine what’s driving your desire
to eat. Is it because of something you just saw, heard or felt?
Or, is it because your body is physically hungry? Learn to tell
the difference and try to respond to the physical need only.
• Suggest an after meal walk-Instead
of all that sitting around after a big meal, suggest an activity
to get everyone up and moving.
• Slow down/pace yourself-Whether
you put down your fork between bites, chew thoroughly, take a
drink between bites or any other strategy, talking longer to eat
helps you feel more satisfied with less.
• Use smaller plates-We want
to see our plates full so just by choosing a smaller plate, you’ll
get the same effect with much less food.
• Bring a healthy dish-By
bringing a healthy dish, you can at least be assured that you’ll
have something to eat if everything else being served is loaded
with fat, sugar and calories.
• Exercise-While you’re
even busier than usual with holiday shopping, parties, etc. one
of the first things to go in order to find more time may be your
fitness program. Make the decision that exercise is a priority.
It may be the only “me” time you have during this
busy holiday time so hold firm.
• Have a taste-The first
bite tastes the best. It also tastes remarkably similar to the
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc. Enjoy a taste or two and move on. If
that’s too difficult for you, determine if it’s not
worth struggling with that particular food in the first place.
You may be unnecessarily struggling with a food and choosing to
eliminate it from your diet instead can be much more freeing.
• Eat mindfully-Choose the
most delicious looking foods and enjoy a small portion of them
thoroughly. By giving yourself permission to eat a certain amount,
you’re much less likely to binge later on because you feel
good about keeping a promise you made to yourself.
• Contain it to the meal/day-If
you’ve overeaten, contain it to the meal, the party or the
day and start over with a clear plan of action.
• Put it in perspective-So
maybe you’ve overdone it, is it the end of the world? Learn
from it, contain it to the day, get back on track and move on.
Trying to move forward while keeping your eyes on the past is
like driving while looking in the rear view mirror.
While life is a journey, so is
our quest for healthy eating and living…especially during
the holidays. Armed and ready with these strategies, choose the
ones that will best work for you and enjoy!
Debi Silber, MS, RD, WHC, FDN The
Mojo Coach®, founder of http://www.TheMojoCoach.com
is a leading health, fitness, wellness, lifestyle, self-improvement
expert and THE secret behind some of the healthiest, most dynamic,
energetic and successful people today. Sign up for Debi’s
deep dive video training series including “The 8 Habits
of the Healthy, Happy and Successful”, her proven “One
More” strategy, receive your own Lifestyle Success Tracker™
and so much more!
of the Month:
Dr. Niki A. Silverstein,
M.D. (Board Certified Ophthalmologist of Chester,
A. Silverstein, M.D., Director of Silverstein Eye in Chester,
NJ, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and
a Fellow of the American Academy of Opthalmology. She has been
practicing ophthalmology in the North Jersey area for over 25
years. She is renowned for her surgical expertise and is known
for her Vision To Lead Program.
At her practice in picturesque
Chester, NJ she sees patients for all medical and surgical eye
conditions, diseases and services, including cataract surgery,
refractive surgery, cosmetic eye treatments and surgery, treatment
of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, and eye exams
and contacts. She takes pride in providing each patient with personalized,
After receiving her undergraduate
degree at New York University, she received her medical degree
for the State University of New York at Downstate Medical Center.
She completed her residency in ophthalmology at Albert Einstein
College of Medicine, Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center. In
addition she spent over two years working with the pioneer/inventor
of modern cataract surgery studying the current technology of
phacoemulsification. Dr. Silverstein has performed over 15,000
cataract procedures and has been consistently voted Top Surgeon
by Consumers Research. Her memberships include: American Academy
of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive
Surgery, International Society of Refractive Surgery, NJ Academy
of Ophthalmology, NJ Medical Society and the Passaic County Medical
Dr. Niki is happy to be a contributor
to the Rofami Health & Wellness newsletter and is a proponent
of a well-balanced, pro-active lifestyle. She is a frequent contributor
to other national websites such as Expert Beacon and has written
articles for other sites such as SheKnows.com. Please see her
website at http://www.
SilversteinEye.com for more information or visit her on Facebook
at Silverstein Eye
Workout of the Month:
Hot Body Yoga Workout!
Power Yoga Routine
By Sean Vigue
Sean Vigue is a certified Pilates, Yoga, Spinning,
Nutrition, and Personal Training instructor (over 5000 classes
taught), winner 'Best Male Workout' (Pilates for Men) by Pilates
Style magazine, Master Core Specialist, TV and Film star, and
professional singer/actor having appeared in over 70 opera, musical
theater, and non-musical productions.
In the ongoing attempt to stay
healthy and vital, our daily concerns are for the most part, with
food, supplements, exercise and sleep. We have chiropractors,
acupuncturists, massage therapists, naturopaths, etc. and any
number of coaches and practitioners to help us manage our busy
and often frantic lives. Topics like “mind body connection”,
“Reiki” and “energy work” are common at
dinner parties where the light bites are raw and vegan and everyone
has his or her favorite “green” juice. Do you like
a bit of apple or ginger or would you prefer a shot of lemon grass
on the side? Something is missing!
That something is pure, clean water.
That something is optimal hydration. And it doesn’t come
in a plastic bottle. More on that later. For the moment, let’s
just focus on adequate hydration. When I ask people how much water
they drink, the answer is almost always, “Well, I know I
should be drinking more”. And while many of us are drinking
the suggested 8 glasses of water a day, 50-75% of Americans are
chronically dehydrated. How can that possible? How can we drink
all of this water and still be dehydrated? Dehydration occurs
when more fluid is lost from the body than is taken in or we are
unable to absorb the water we do.
We are Water Beings
Water comprises up to 75% of our
bodies depending on age, gender and amount of body fat. Every
biochemical and metabolic reaction taking place in the body takes
place in water. If you’re dehydrated, those processes, like
metabolism, slow down. Trying to lose weight? Step up your water
intake and you’ll drop the pounds faster.
The actual percentage of your body
that is water depends on how much muscle you have. Muscle is about
75% water. More muscle means a higher percentage of total body
water. Organs such as the brain and kidneys are mostly water,
with the brain at 80.5% and the kidneys at 82.7%, respectively.
The blood is even higher at 90.7%. Think bone is only made of
minerals and protein? Think again. Even bone is 13% water.
Your “Biological Terrain”
You can see how important water
is by the vast amount of it in us. However, the problem is not
just a lack of water it’s a lack of water at the cellular
level! Water is the principal fluid medium in and around every
cell in the body. Water carries nutrients into the cell and cellular
wastes out. Copious amounts of water are lost every day through
our skin as it moderates our internal temperature and flushes
out toxins; through digestion of food and elimination of wastes;
and through breathing. Our kidneys need water to neutralize acidic
This fluid medium that bathes your
cells is your “biological terrain” and the quality
of your biological terrain will determine how well those cells
function and how long they will live. Cells thrive when the cell
membranes are flexible so that nutrients and oxygen can flow in
and waste products can efficiently get out. That’s how cells
detoxify. We want our cells to live to their full apportioned
life which is 120 days and then replicate perfectly. Healthy functioning
cells that replicate perfectly over and over are what anti-aging
is all about. What are you bathing your cells in?
Am I Dehydrated?
There are some very easy ways to
tell if you are dehydrated but thirst is not one of them. In fact,
by the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. Feeling
hungry when you shouldn’t be? Hunger is a side effect of
dehydration. Drink a large glass of water before you reach for
food and wait five minutes. If you’re still hungry, eat
What are other signs of dehydration?
Well, dark urine for one. Your urine should be pale yellow to
almost clear. Headaches, heartburn, muscle weakness, dizziness,
poor concentration, decreased metabolism and fatigue are also
signs of dehydration as are skin problems like acne and dry, flaky
skin. Constipation is often caused by dehydration. Americans spend
over $700 million every year on laxatives. Save your money….drink
Dehydration Can Be Serious, Especially
Many scientists believe that most
diseases can be traced to dehydration. It is the number-one cause
of stress in the human body. The first thing that emergency personnel
often do when called to a medical emergency is to hook the person
up to an IV drip of saline water. Why? Because dehydration makes
whatever medical issue that’s going on worse. Dehydration
can negatively affect blood pressure and heart rate, and upset
the delicate and crucial balance of electrolytes like magnesium,
calcium and potassium. In fact, dehydration has been linked with
hypertension, angina, asthma, diabetes, low back pain, colitis,
high blood cholesterol and aging.
When it comes to children, parents
may have difficulty monitoring how much water their kids actually
drink. Infants and children with moderate to severe dehydration
may be sleepy and lethargic. They may be irritable and fussy.
Dark circles under the eyes and a lack of tears are additional
signs of dehydration. Severe dehydration left untreated can cause
permanent kidney damage.
How Much is Enough?
Water is your beverage of choice.
There simply is no substitute. We could debate the pros and cons
of coffee, tea, fruit juice, specialty waters or soda, but none
of them contribute to positive hydration status. In fact, many
beverages are so acidic that they make dehydration even worse.
While it’s true that we do get some water from fruits and
vegetables and other beverages, there is no substitute for pure
water when it comes to staying optimally hydrated.
Optimal hydration means we must
account for the water we need to take in and the water we lose
every day through our breath, sweat and elimination. For optimal
hydration, it is recommended that we drink half our body weight
in ounces of pure water every day. What does that look like? Here
are two examples: A 200 pound man would need to drink 100 ounces
per day. One gallon of water is 128 ounces so he would need to
drink about three quarters of a gallon per day. A 120 pound woman
would need to drink 60 ounces a day. There are 32 ounces in a
quart so a bit less than two quarts per day would be about right.
Water is Just Water, Right?
Is bottled water a healthier option
than tap water? Many think so. So much so that the bottled water
industry’s annual sales topped $11 billion. But many bottled
waters are, in fact, just purified tap water. The bottled water
industry is unregulated so the source of the water need not be
disclosed. And let’s not forget the plastic. Sixty million
plastic bottles are thrown away every single day in the US and
less than 20% get recycled. Most of it ends up in the ocean.
Think that fancy bottled water
from other parts of the world is a better choice? It’s certainly
a more expensive one! Here’s what you need to know. Domestic
bottled water has been in the plastic for at least 4-6 months
and imported water for 12-18 months. The water is transported
from warehouses to trucks to ships to trucks to warehouses, back
to trucks and finally to the store. The ships, trucks and warehouses
are not climate controlled and every change in temperature causes
leaching of the chemicals from the plastic into the water. Plastic
bottles contain up to eight known cancer causing chemicals. Filtered
tap water in a refillable bottle is a better option for your health
and the Earth.
The Best Water
Science is finally able to show
that all water is not equal: ionized, restructured hexagonal water
does, in fact, penetrate the cells more efficiently than other
water. These smaller, hexagonal molecules enter the cells rapidly,
providing superior hydration. When the cell is efficiently hydrated,
all cellular processes are improved including nutrient absorption
and waste removal. The health and life of the cell are extended.
Metabolism and overall health are improved. Now that’s anti-aging!
Water ionizers are relatively new
to the US but they have been used in Japan for almost forty years.
One in six homes in Japan has an ionizer. We could learn something
about health and longevity from the Japanese. According to the
recently updated 2011 United Nations Worldwide Life Expectancy,
Japan is number one. The US is ranked at number forty, even lower
than our 2010 position as number thirty-eight.
The bottom line is this. If you
don’t have access to ionized, restructured hexagonal water,
filtered tap water is the next best thing. Just remember that
no one filter takes out everything so check the water quality
report for your area before you buy so you’ll know what
needs to be removed. And make sure to invest in high quality filters.
Then fill and re-refill to your heart’s content. Your health
is worth the investment.
(Recipe provided by The Culinary Institute
Tomatillos, husked and rinsed 14 oz.
Serrano chiles, stemmed 2 each
Vegetable oil or olive oil 2 Tbsp.
White onion, small, roughly chopped 1 each
Garlic cloves, roughly chopped 2 each
Roasted almonds ½ cup
Chicken or vegetable stock 2¼ cups
Epazote, chopped, or substitute 6-8 cilantro sprigs 1 sprig
Hoja santa, chopped or substitute ½ cup fennel tops, or
½ teaspoon anise seed, ground 1 leaf
Salt 1 tsp.
Alaska salmon steaks or fillets, ¾" thick , 5-6oz.
each 6 each
Epazote, julienned for garnish 2 Tbsp.
Almonds, slivered, for garnish 2 tsp.
For the tomatillo-serrano sauce base:
1.Roast the tomatillos and serranos on a baking sheet about 4-inches
from a very hot broiler. After about 5 minutes when they blacken
and soften on one side, turn them over and broil on the other
side. Roughly chop the chiles and transfer to a blender, along
with the tomatillos and their juice.
2.Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a medium-size (2-3 -quart),
heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring
often, until deep golden, about 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic
and cook 1 minute more. Scrape into the blender, leaving as much
oil as possible in the pan. Cover the blender loosely and blend
to a smooth puree.
3.Return the saucepan to medium-high heat and, when hot enough
to make a drop of the purée sizzle sharply, pour it all
in at once. Stir for a few minutes as the sauce sears and concentrates,
about 7 minutes; set aside.
For the green pipián:
1.Add the almonds to the sauce, along with the chicken stock.
Partially cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. For the last
10 minutes, add the epazote and hoja santa.
2.In batches, pour the mixture into the blender, cover loosely
and blend for 1 minute, until the sauce is smooth. (If a smoother
sauce is preferred, push the mixture through a medium mesh strainer.)
Return the sauce to the pan, and adjust seasoning with salt. If
the sauce is too thick, thin with a little stock to the consistency
of a light cream soup; if it is too thin, simmer to reduce. Cover
and keep warm.
For the salmon:
1.Heat the oven to 425°F. Coat a large 10-12-inch cast iron
or heavy ovenproof skillet with the remaining 1 tablespoon of
oil and set into the oven. Lightly salt both sides of the fish.
When the pan is very hot, after about 10 minutes, remove it, lay
in the fish, and return to the oven. When the pieces of fish are
crusty and brown underneath, after about 4 to 5 minutes, use a
thin bladed metal spatula to carefully flip them over, and return
them to the oven for 2 to 4 minutes longer.
2.For a delicious tostada, top a crispy fried tortilla with a
simple cabbage, carrot and jicama slaw dressed with lime, salt,
and chiles. Next, add a piece of the cooked salmon and a generous
pour of the aromatic green pipián. Top with cilantro sprigs,
toasted almonds slices, and serve with wedges of fresh lime.
Note: The tomatillo-serrano sauce base
can be prepared several days in advance and held in the refrigerator.
But the color will suffer, so consider adding the herbs just before
you need the sauce and then blending it to delicious smoothness.
Culinary Institute of America The Culinary Institute of America
(CIA) is a private, not-for-profit college dedicated to providing
the world's best professional culinary education. Excellence,
leadership, professionalism, ethics, and respect for diversity
are the core values that guide our efforts. We teach our students
the general knowledge and specific skills necessary to live successful
lives and to grow into positions of influence and leadership in
their chosen profession. (Support
the Culinary Institute of America)
can I feel energized without caffeine?
By by Kirsi Paalanen
This was a top energy question
on Dr. Oz’s Sharecare community, and one that I think may
apply to a lot of us, so I decided to share my answer with all
There’s a lot you can do
to help mimic the effects of that quick cup of coffee, without
actually reaching for a cup of coffee. Regular exercise is one
of the best ways to give yourself an energy boost without resorting
to caffeine and other stimulants to wake you up. Thirty minutes
of exercise, just four times a week, has proven to increase energy
levels drastically after just six weeks. Exercise helps improve
your lung capacity over time, allowing for more oxygen to reach
your brain and muscles, waking you up and facilitating the production
of energy in cells throughout your body. In the short term, increased
heart rate and heightened blood flow from exercises as simple
as taking a walk around the office instead of grabbing a cup of
coffee can help you feel more energized. And exercise can be very
simply incorporated into a busy lifestyle. Try going for a short
walk during your lunch break, getting off the bus or subway a
stop sooner than you normally would and walking a few extra blocks,
or just doing some jumping jacks when you first wake up in the
morning to get your heart pumping.
Eating healthy is also ideal for
keeping your energy levels up. Eating nutritious, all natural
meals will give your body the essential nutrients it needs to
function at its best. Eating a healthy breakfast within an hour
of waking up will kick-start your metabolism and keep you feeling
energized for several hours into the day. Incorporating protein
and healthy fats into your breakfast is especially important for
getting your energy kick-started in the morning. Whole grain foods
and healthy sources of protein like Greek yogurt, cage free eggs,
and grass fed beef are all excellent energy-boosting foods to
incorporate into your diet.
Staying hydrated is another important
way to keep your energy levels up. Water is absolutely essential
for maintaining our metabolisms and keeping our energy levels
up. Dehydration, even when minor, can make you feel sluggish,
think foggily, and cause headaches. Drinking a glass or two of
water will help your body keep your metabolism going and keep
you feeling at your best.
Getting a good night’s sleep
is naturally one of the most important things you can do for your
health. In addition to helping you feel more energized, getting
a good night’s sleep helps you maintain a healthy weight
and fight off illness. And many of us don’t prioritize sleep
enough. Most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep
a night, so make getting a good night’s sleep a priority
and start your day off right every day. - See more at: http://myorangevilla.com/blog/#sthash.COC2aH6O.dpuf
You Lease or Purchase Your Next Business Space?
by: Frank Rotella
health and wellness business owners or prospectve business owners
are faced with tough decisions. These days one of the toughest
decisions pertains to Commercial Real Estate. With interest rates
at all time lows and the real estate market in its early stages
of a long road to recovery, business owners who have access to
capital are buying real estate while others continue to lease.
Which option is better
for my business: Lease or Own? It all Depends...
Here are a couple of
factors that may lead you to purchase a property rather than lease: • Control of Your Property. If you want
to make major renovations to your facility you won't have to get
the landlord's approval. The only approval you'll need is from
the local zoning board.
Long-Term Investment and Cost. Owning the real estate
could potentially lower overall costs if the intention is to hold
the property for a long period of time.
If your property is in a great location for your particular business
it will be more beneficial to own vs lease because you will be
in control of the property and it's specific use.
• Appreciating land
values. If you are in an area with appreciating land
values it will be more beneficial to own, and potentially, down
the road, even rent your property to another business owner..
• Tax advantages.
(Depreciation deductions and interest-paid deductions if you finance
Here are a couple of
factors that may lead you to lease rather than purchase: • Current Cash Flow. Up-front costs associated
with a lease are far less than purchasing a property. If you cash
flow is minimal it is more beneficial to consider leasing a property.
• Maintenance responsibilities.
If you don't want to take on the responsibilities of maintaining
the property (heating, plumbing, structural issues, roof, etc..)
you should lease.
If you don't want to be tied to a specific location, a lease is
your best bet. If you plan on growing your business or plan to
move to another location it will be more prudent to lease.
• Company Credit
Rating. If your company credit is not up to the high
standards set by banks and lending institutions, it will be extremely
challenging to obtain financing.
• You have trouble
finding the right property. If you have the ability to
purchase a property, but simply can't find the right property
to purchase, it's more pudent to rent vs own. Spend the time to
find the right property that meets your needs and is in the right
location for your business.
• Declining land
values. If you find a property that meets your spacial
needs and is in the best location for your business, but the land
values in that area are declining, it will be better to lease.
No need to invest large sums of money in a property that will
either decline in value or remain the same value.
Contact Frank Rotella
with questions about buying, selling, or leasing residential or
Did You Know?
Health Coaches –
Too Soon or Just In Time! by Adrian Langford
day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what
might have been, and look at what can be."?--Marsha Petrie
Sometimes I like to do a random survey and ask people I meet what
they think an integrative health coach is and does. Often the
response is silence on the phone, or if they are standing in front
of me, I get the deer in the headlights look.
Thanks to Dr. Oz (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X779lPGKcgI),
and more and more healthcare discussions via social media and
the web, people are becoming aware about health coaches and what
they have to offer. There have even been media news clips and
written articles about how health coaching is gaining more credibility
and gaining support by health and medical facilities, and corporations
are many types of health coaches and they come from all types
of backgrounds (physicians, fitness trainers, nutritionists, massage
therapists, nurses, etc.). Some integrative health coaches use
their various expertise to offer clients a variety of services
beyond the basic foundation of health coaching. Health Coaching
in the purest sense, is when the health coach acts as a guide
or mirror to help the client reflect, and does not recommend anything
beyond what the client may already be familiar with or already
know in their heart, but may have forgotten or needs clarity in
relation to their specific challenge or obstacle. We all know
we need to eat better or make healthy choices, get regular exercise,
and find positive ways to relieve stress. Health Coaches can help
clients achieve these things and more. A common purpose that is
shared by health coaches is: to help individuals and/or groups
improve their way of living and make positive behavior changes
whether it be professional or personal or both. Health coaches
strategize with their clients, and help their clients take small
steps by motivating them to move forward and get 'unstuck'. Health
coaches keep their clients accountable, and focus on successes
and results. It is an organic and creative process, and that's
why it is effective, and often in short periods of time.
The health buzz words lately are "consumer-driven healthcare"
and "patient centered-care" as employers seek ways to
improve their employees health behaviors and implement wellness
programs and incentives. People are seeking guidance for their
health in increasing numbers as is evident through a study released
recently by Pew Internet & American Life Project that found
that 93 million Americans or 80% of all internet users, search
for a health related topic online.
Health coaching is a major component of future healthcare and
that anyone can benefit from right now! Your physician usually
spends 10 minutes or less with you during your visit. The question
arises: what do you do in-between visits to stay well? The physician
may recommend that you begin a new medical treatment, lose weight,
quit smoking, or get involved in regular exercise. Who is going
to partner with you throughout your treatment, or lifestyle changes?
How do you figure it out by yourself without spending a great
deal of time looking for solutions? And when you find what seems
like the answer, the actual 'doing' part, for a variety of reasons,
doesn't happen or you delay your medical decisions. That's where
a health coach or integrative health coach can be of great value
to you. It is worth seeking an objective partner or health coach
to help navigate you on your journey to achieving a better life,
successfully tackling those goals, and helping you to restore
balance to your life. Whether a health coach is part of a physician's
practice or is working directly with you, it cultivates a greater
awareness on how to improve your health behaviors and positive
outcomes. Health Coaches are a huge asset for those that are health-conscious
and are seeking trustworthy partners for better health.
This is the most important question
you must be able to answer for your Fitness. Why? Why do you do
what you do. Why will it help you? Why should you avoid certain
things? Why you must include certain things? Why, why, why!