September 10, 2014
Mobile technology offers great opportunities for supporting health improvement. Hundreds of fitness, nutrition, stress, weight control, meditation, sleep, and other apps are available — free or for just a couple of dollars.
But even the smartest of smart phones and mobile apps can contribute to dumb habits that ultimately undermine well-being.
September 02, 2014
High Intensity Interval Training is a workout scheme that’s been around for a long time, mostly for elite athlete training, and involves repeated short-burst combinations of high-intensity exercise followed by medium-intensity exercise for recovery.
A study in 2011 increased HIIT popularity because it focused on sedentary adults instead of elite athletes and showed some remarkable benefits comparable to the classic exercise model — but required less time.
The same principles — high intensity, short duration, moderate recovery, repeat — can be applied to cognitive training and work tasks to produce better results in less time. Try this:
September 02, 2014
It’s been 21 years since ACSM, CDC, and President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports issued the now ubiquitous recommendation to “…accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity over the course of most days of the week.”
Not much has changed during the last 2 decades, except adults have gotten a little fatter, kids fatter still, and overall physical activity levels have flat-lined. So we’re proposing a new set of guidelines for wellness professionals to get clients off the couch:
August 27, 2014
Isn’t it interesting that in a time when privacy — for data security, health information, and political matters — is such a hot button, oversharing has never been more rampant? It’s hard to go anywhere without seeing or overhearing more than you care to — and the same holds true for workplace wellness programs.
Blame It on Facebook
People used to make some effort to keep their personal business personal. Now they go on Facebook, reality TV, and YouTube to reveal their most embarrassing, and in some cases scandalous, intimate moments. As soon as the back wheels of the plane touch down, people flip on their phones: “Hey, what’s up? We just landed…” then launch into a conversation while everyone within 4 rows listens in (unless, of course, they’re having their own non-private conversation).