HIIT Work With Your Best Shot*

September 02, 2014

by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

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:


New Exercise Guidelines Released by Health Enhancement Systems!

September 02, 2014

by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

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:


Whatever Happened to Discretion?

August 27, 2014

Why It’s More Important Than Ever

Better Together: Workplace Wellness + EAP

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).


Creating a Wellness Career Worth Having

August 19, 2014

by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

I left the big corporate world 20 years ago to strike out on an entrepreneurial adventure because I thought I could do some things better — and also because I felt like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole in the Fortune 100 environment. Many bumps, bruises, and a couple of small business near-death experiences later, I can honestly say I’ve had the time of my life, and look forward each day to working with a wonderful group of dedicated, highly skilled professionals who do great work and have fun doing it.

At the same time, many of my contemporaries at large companies are hanging on, counting the days until they maximize their pension, collect their gold watch, and ride off into the sunset. It’s a little sad… these are smart people with a lot left in the tank, who played by the rules but got beaten down over the years, surviving multiple downsizing episodes and budget cuts. Yet these normal ups and downs are easier to ride out than the abrupt shifts in direction every 5 years — a rollercoaster ride of corporate life that produces emotional and psychological whiplash.