Plus One Health Management - corporate fitness en Ignorance Can Wreck Your Body <p><span style="color:4e433e;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">There's been a lot of attention paid recently to the recent </span></span></span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href=""><span style="color:4e433e;">New York Times</span></a></span></span><span style="color:4e433e;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"> article "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body," by William Broad.&nbsp; The article is derived from Broad's soon to be released book, Science of Yoga.&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; ">Yoga has become tremendously popular in the western world, and its many benefits are backed by numerous articles from the medical and scientific community.&nbsp; Yoga is requested and included in virtually every corporate wellness menu, along with Pilates, and the mainstays of muscle classes such as cycling, dance, and cardio kickboxing.&nbsp; The article spread across the electronic ether like wildfire as many wellness and fitness professionals raised eyebrows and questions about whether we were putting our clients – your employees – in danger of injury, or worse yet, as the article implied, stroke, irreparable nerve damage, and even death.</span></p> <p><span style="color:4e433e;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">The goal of successful corporate fitness offerings, including yoga, is to be informed by science and current industry standards.&nbsp; Classes should be beneficial, safe, and approachable for all of your employees; equally and easily appreciated by the sedentary executive assistant, the corporate athlete who needs to better her running time and endurance, and all employees in between.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; ">Liza Forster, regional group fitness director for Plus One, is also a yoga instructor with over 600 hours of training and has offered over 1,000 hours of instruction.&nbsp; She has taught yoga to corporate clients of all levels for nine years, and is also responsible for hiring and evaluating yoga instructors for many of Plus One's corporate facilities across southern California and Seattle.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="color:4e433e;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Forster says, "At Plus One we have a careful screening process for yoga instructors.&nbsp; Just as your employees may look to physical therapists and massage therapists to "fix them," yoga can be trouble when it's taught by the uneducated.&nbsp; Highly dangerous is the instructor who approaches a client, or worse yet, a room full of clients and is unconcerned with form, the limitations, and the student's level of practice.&nbsp; I've fired instructors on the spot who I've seen physically manhandle and manipulate clients beyond their ability.&nbsp; As in any type of movement, that's when people get hurt.&nbsp; Those instructors don't work for our company."</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color:4e433e;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Forster goes on to say, "People look to experts to fix their cars, perform their surgeries, and teach them to ski, but when someone calls themselves a yoga instructor, the buyer must beware the tendency to blindly trust that that person knows what they are doing.&nbsp; Even if the teacher is a master, if they're pushing something that doesn't feel right, or appears dangerous, you have to back off.&nbsp; That's true in so many aspects in life, not just yoga.&nbsp; You don't completely hand over the driver’s wheel of your body to anyone at anytime, nor should anyone ever ask you to.&nbsp; That's common sense."</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color:4e433e;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Ganga White, yoga legend and founder of </span></span></span><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href=""><span style="color:4e433e;">White Lotus Yoga</span></a></span></span><span style="color:4e433e;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">,&nbsp; (who also happens to be one of Forster's teachers) had his own opinion about Broad's New York Times article. Says White, "A couple months ago I had the good fortune of getting an advance copy of Science of Yoga from William Broad. The publication date is in February and the book is much more balanced than his NYT article. I think it’s a great book with valuable insights and contributions. It is not anti-yoga. Broad is and has been a practicing yogi for years. The book points out what he sees, and what he thinks science has shown, are dangers to be avoided. This doesn’t mean everything the book asserts is true but it initiates a much needed inquiry and debate. Broad’s book also validates many of yoga’s benefits."</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color:4e433e;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Instructors at your corporate wellness facility should be carefully screened and auditioned, by people like Forster who are educated in all modes of movement and fitness.&nbsp; Ideally your instructors are evaluated regularly, and continue to actively seek further education to stay up to date with current science, contraindications, and recommendations.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; ">So don't panic.&nbsp; When in doubt, rely on trained experts and professionals.&nbsp; The final word however, needs to come from the deep part of you that houses your common sense and intuition. In other words, trust yourself.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> corporate fitness knowledge yoga Wed, 08 Feb 2012 06:00:00 +0000 mike 181 at Exercise So Easy, Even a Caveman Can Do It <P><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: medium">According to the </span></span><A href="" target=_blank><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: medium">Mayo Clinic</span></span></a><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: medium">, starting a fitness program may be one of the best things an individual can do for their health.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <P><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: medium">The latest Surgeon General’s report supports this as well.&nbsp; In case you’ve lived in a cave for the past few years, you’ve already heard that regular physical activity reduces the danger of succumbing to heart disease, the leading cause of death in our country.&nbsp; And for you CFO's out there, an active fitness participant can cost your organization up to $1,250 less in health care costs per year according to a 2008 study in the journal </span></span><A href="" target=_blank><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: medium">Preventing Chronic Disease</span></span></a><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: medium">. Wellness can also <A href=";Store_Code=AJHP&amp;Product_Code=JV24I3199&amp;Category_Code=" target=_blank>reverse</a> the effects of hypertension, diabetes, and certain cancers, as well as reduce hospital admission rates significantly for these same conditions. Numerous studies also confirm that exercise can not only prolong your employees’ lives, but can also stave off depression, anxiety, and other emotional issues.&nbsp; </span></span></p> <P><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: medium">What might not be as obvious as the fact that exercise is good for you and your employees is that like all things, exercise should be done in moderation.&nbsp; Nothing breeds success like success, and for those who need exercise the most this means starting out with a low to moderate level of physical activity. Walking is a great example of a level of activity that for most employees is a safe and simple platform for better health.</span></span></p> <P><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: medium">Whatever program for physical activity your company offers in their wellness palate, it should be based on both common sense and solid science.&nbsp; A moderate exercise program is one that your employees will be able to enjoy and stay engaged in for a long healthy lifetime.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <P></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> corporate fitness employee wellness health care costs Wed, 19 May 2010 19:44:06 +0000 mike 126 at “Preventing” Presenteeism <p>We all know the high cost of absenteeism, prevalent when workplace morale is low and employees are unwell, unhappy, and call in sick. But what about the costs when they do come to work sick, depressed, or just plain don’t want to be there?&nbsp; This extremely expensive phenomenon is called “presenteeism.”&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> corporate fitness corporate wellness programs presenteeism sick days Wed, 09 Sep 2009 15:13:14 +0000 mike 102 at Resiliency – The Key to Survival <p>In my last post, I passed along tips from the APA for keeping your employees productive and resilient.&nbsp; One of them was: “Don’t panic. Take a deep breath.&nbsp; Don’t get swept up in doom-and-gloom hype. Stay calm, focused and realistic so you can consider all of your options carefully.”</p> <p>What is resiliency, and why is it important to your corporate health and wellness program?&nbsp; Merriam Webster defines “resilience” as:</p> <p>1: the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> corporate fitness corporate wellness programs resiliency Wed, 26 Aug 2009 05:51:32 +0000 mike 101 at 5 Tips to Help Your Employees Productivity <p>Nothing like an unsure economy and job market to keep your company off its game.&nbsp;You need employees at their best, especially in hard times.&nbsp;With that in mind, here are some wellness tips from the American Psychological Association:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> corporate fitness corporate wellness employee productivity Thu, 13 Aug 2009 12:00:59 +0000 mike 98 at America's Corporate Call to Wellness <p>Previously, I suggested that being a smart employer and making significant strides towards becoming a “healthy company” would protect your bottom line and reduce turnover and absenteeism.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> corporate fitness corporate wellness employee fitness health and fitness Wed, 15 Jul 2009 05:00:00 +0000 mike 95 at How to Build Your Company’s Resistance to Stress - Be a Smart Employer and Protect Your Bottom Line <p>We all face challenging economic times.&nbsp; As a Smart Employer, you know throwing up your hands and taking the stance that stress is unavoidable in today’s working world is not going to get you employees that are the best they can be.&nbsp; According to studies by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, stressful workplaces increase absenteeism and employee turnover.&nbsp; A Smart Employer knows that striving to be a “Healthy Company” will benefit your bottom line.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> corporate fitness corporate wellness employee stress stress prevention Thu, 02 Jul 2009 03:32:26 +0000 mike 8 at