Sensible Sales and Service. Part 1

October 2nd, 2012

People come to fitness facilities searching for solutions to challenges, now and for the future. They want to improve their strength and health, test their physical skills, augment their competitive advantage and have fun. They want to do things they excel at and, at the same time, change unwanted aspects of themselves. But each prospective member will want and need something different. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Sucralose Splenda Safe for Diabetics?

September 27th, 2012

It is safe for diabetics. Sucralose does not cause an insulin response, so it has no effect on blood sugar levels. This is due to the fact sucralose is not recognized by the body as a carbohydrate. In fact, it passes through the body totally unchanged and is not metabolized at all. Read the rest of this entry »

Plantar Fascitis A Common Runner’s Ailment

September 18th, 2012

Plantar fascitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, the ligament-like muscle band that runs from the heel of the foot to the ball of the foot. The plantar fascia provides the foot with the support necessary to lift the foot off the ground and is necessary for balance and foot stability. Read the rest of this entry »

Loving Brains. Part 3

September 14th, 2012

Early lack of love sets limits on how long we live, what illnesses we fall prey to and how happy our lives will be. If we cannot get real love we seek secondary compensations such as overeating, power-seeking and drug-taking, which help to push down the early deprivations. It seems too much or too risky to face the old pains, but avoidance has a cost. Read the rest of this entry »

Loving Brains. Part 2

September 14th, 2012

Such early threats to the baby’s survival are registered as “indescribable pain” and can only be soothed by input that a feeling-sensory brain appreciates: in other words, removal of the source of danger and replacement with nurturing. For a fetus or neonate, this effectively happens on a biochemical level. Read the rest of this entry »

Loving Brains. Part 1

September 14th, 2012

Don’t be such a baby! Can’t you grow up? Perhaps not. The more we learn about the human brain, the more it seems we cannot ignore how our evolutionary and gestational development affect our later lives. Read the rest of this entry »

Runners Must Be Kept On A Leash, Part 2

September 7th, 2012

Amazingly enough, I can sometimes beat my dog in a sprint, for I used to challenge people to sprints quite often, but still, if I have her leash in my hand and I am running, I fear the outcome of the run with due exhortion. Read the rest of this entry »

Runners Must Be Kept On A Leash, Part 1

September 7th, 2012

It is only ten o’clock in the morning, and I’m out there on the sidewalks of the city freezing my rear end off in the fall breeze looking for inspiration for another tidbit about writing. I think best when I’m out, running. Read the rest of this entry »

Insurance Reimbursement: Easy Money. Part 3

August 30th, 2012

The past few years have brought many changes in the healthcare industry regarding insurance reimbursement. The Budget Reconciliation Act (BRA) of 1997, which took effect on January 1, 1999, set new limits on healthcare visits and reimbursement for healthcare services for Medicare and Medicaid patients. Read the rest of this entry »

Insurance Reimbursement: Easy Money. Part 2

August 30th, 2012

There are many types of services fitness professionals seek reimbursement for, including health education programs for smoking cessation, stress management or weight management, health intervention services such as fitness assessments, health-risk appraisals and pre-exercise screenings, and exercise and recreation programs that can improve fitness levels. Read the rest of this entry »