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As most people have begun or at least contemplated taking on their new year’s resolutions, gyms have become more crowded with those who decide to take on fitness-related improvements to their lives. Recent research has identified an interesting element to the New Year’s start and stop pattern. Most will maintain participation for 5-6 weeks, the next attrition period occurs at 12 weeks and the rest fade by May.
Why do people procrastinate? Wouldn’t it be easier to simply address each issue or responsibility as they present in a timely manner. Case and point: Holiday exercise habits. Many people will make New Year’s resolutions to exercise and plan on it well before the Holiday season. But why wait? Why not start immediately and help mediate the additional Holiday pounds? According to scientists the problem lies in the way the brain processes thought. Human brains seem to be programmed for procrastination; it is interesting because it’s an exchange process that generally benefits the body (psychologically, physically or emotionally). Task driven aptitude provides future benefits in return for effort in the present. If you do a little now the benefits later are greater (e.g., regular exercise, saving for retirement). However, most people succumb to distraction and avoidance until the risk of not executing outweighs the benefit of the task or action.
It is almost the New Year, and gyms are hiring. Owners and fitness managers are going to need to retain trainers to meet the increased demand as new members flock to local studios and health clubs during the winter and spring of 2017. While personality and knowing the right person at the right time will certainly increase your chances of being hired at a facility, there are a variety of other necessities that a “Trainer-for-Hire” should have organized. From updating your resume, to ensuring you have your paperwork ready - the following list of steps can be used to assist you in your hunt for the right job this New Year.
For some, chronic stress seems to be a way of life. There are those that always feel overwhelmed or perceive each day as an epic struggle. For some, psychological disorders may indeed have a major impact on their perception of the world around them - but for most, stress is self-inflicted. Perception of consequence is a key driver but stress may be caused by negative environments, poor decision making, inefficient routines or reactive responses due to lack of insight or poor planning. The holiday season adds further duress, with much due to expectations – added seasonal costs, family responsibilities, travel, and event planning can add significant quantities of stress to an already full plate.
November is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month as observationally evident via social media posts for “Movember”. Men who grow out their mustache (often in unique fashions) post their refined visage with efforts to draw likes and attention to one of the most common forms of cancer. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer among American men. It is estimated 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Most people know that excess sugar intake is unhealthy and certainly presents consequences beyond the waistline. The physiological problems associated with high sugar intake may be more significant than many people think. On average, Americans consume as much as 26% of their total diet from sugar. With more than a quarter of the diet derived from simple sources it wreaks havoc on the normal metabolic system. In fact, one large cohort study demonstrated that participants who took in 25% or more of their daily calories as sugar were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those whose diets included less than 10% added sugar.
With the vast array of dietary supplements to choose from bosting promises for almost any fitness-related goal, consumers sometimes struggle to weed through the marketing to get to the facts. Products are marketed for weight loss, increases in muscle mass, improved endurance, immune support, enhanced cognitive function, expedited healing and even an improved resilience to stress. But anyone in business understands the root to sales is good marketing, not necessarily a quality product or accurate information.
There are currently more than 200,000 new cases of breast cancer each year; having a life- threatening and life-changing impact on an estimated 1 in 8 women. In 1940 the risk of a woman developing breast cancer was only 5%. This risk has almost tripled in the last 70 years according to data by the American Cancer Society (ACS). Breast cancer is a growing problem that requires more aggressive research, education, and prevention strategies. Uncontrollable factors such as increasing age, family history and various inherited factors elevate one’s risk for developing breast cancer - but prevention is a controllable factor and not surprisingly healthy habits are the solution.