Posture is Key

By: Dan Karrels, Personal Trainer & Certified Athletic Trainer It is The Same Old Story By now, we all know that posture is extremely important and that poor posture is not ideal. There are many ways that poor posture can affect our health and wellness, whether you are an athlete or not. In the technological age we live in, many of us spend an overwhelming part of our day at a desk for work or school. We are in front of a computer, driving, or burying our face in our smart phones. We are sitting for more than half of the day. Or we are in the same position or doing the same repetitive movements all day long.  Thanks to distractions, we rarely realize these repetitive movements or the poor postural positions we are in throughout the day. The Result Over time, this causes our body to lose its natural symmetry and ability to function how it should. As some muscles become neglected and underused, others become overused. When these asymmetries aren’t addressed, it is extremely likely that they will lead to injury or pain down the road.  How to Make a Change For those of you lucky enough to have a trainer that addresses this in your workouts, pay attention. Learn what they are having you do and actually do it. For the others trying to address these asymmetries on your own, or have yet to try. Stop the waiting. I recommend doing your homework first and educating yourself on proper exercises. Learning how to do some of these simple exercises and stretches on your own, on a...

Is Corporate Wellness Worth It?

By: Dan Karrels, Personal Trainer & Certified Athletic Trainer The Current Situation There is no question that regular exercise is beneficial for our health. Sadly, even with everything we know about exercise, the majority of adults don’t come close to the recommended amount of weekly exercise. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends getting at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, plus resistance training two times a week. The goal should be to get some form of exercise for 30 minutes every day. Understandably many people are extremely busy and may think there is no time for exercise in their schedule. A half hour a day may be difficult for many people, but as the obesity epidemic continues to grow, something needs to change. One solution is for businesses and business owners to step up and take care of their employees.   The Opportunity In the past, many business owners would  fend off the idea of providing corporate wellness. Today, it is a huge draw for job seekers and potential employees, so businesses are starting to get on board. There are also many proven benefits the company will receive in return. Exercise improves your physical fitness and it can help boost your productivity in the work place. Exercise can help reduce stress, improve sleep, increase energy and alertness throughout the day, and also help prevent illness (mentally and physically). So not only will employees work harder and smarter, they will be happier, more engaged, and healthier. Meaning they will be away from the workplace less throughout the year. ...