Archive for the ‘Fitness’ Category

Kung Fu An Introduction to Traditional Chinese Arts

Posted on October 15th, 2012 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

Bruce Lee screams! A young Buddhist monk snatches a pebble from the hand of an old Chinese master. Low budget movies with acrobatic fighting scenes and poorly dubbed audio. Read the rest of this entry »

Inspirations in Our Ranks, Part 3

Posted on September 7th, 2012 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

“My coach, Paige Gross, has helped me to continue in my growth and improvement as a swimmer and a person. Although I swam well at the Disabled Championships, I was a little off my times, and will make adjustments for the Long Course Championships (just held in August). With these changes, I will be ready to make a run for the 2000 Paralympic Swim Trials in Indianapolis next June! I dream of making that Paralympic Swim team and I know that I can do it. I never achieve my goals alone. My family, teammates, coaches and friends over the years are a huge part of my success!” Read the rest of this entry »

Inspirations in Our Ranks, Part 2

Posted on September 7th, 2012 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

“After becoming involved in Disabled Sports in 1981, I competed in my first International Meet in 1982 in Denmark. With the opportunity to compete against other hemiplegic athletes, persons of my equal range of motion, I jumped at the chance. I received a bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke. Wow! Participating in this caliber of competition was something I never thought I would do. During this trip I learned what competition was really about. If I wanted to step onto the medal stand again in future
International competitions, my training would have to become more intense. Read the rest of this entry »

Inspirations in Our Ranks, Part 1

Posted on September 7th, 2012 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

National qualifying times for just a second and think of your swimming capabilities. Pretend for just a second, that when you try to swim, your arm is unable to catch the water. Your muscles are weak and your movements are uncoordinated. You have no trunk control and no functional leg movements. Your legs drag and someone has to help you begin swimming. You have to swim the backstroke because you are unable to turn your head to breathe when swimming freestyle. Read the rest of this entry »

American Workforce Not Active Enough

Posted on September 7th, 2012 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

Many Americans like to relax on their days off from work, but most people may be too sedentary during their leisure time and are not meeting the national exercise recommendations, according to a report. Read the rest of this entry »

Jen’s Journal: Week 6. Part 3

Posted on July 24th, 2012 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

In spite of many big things going on in your life, you lost another 2 pounds this week. A stressful deadline at work, and moving into a new house is enough to blow anyone’s resolve to lose weight! Perhaps having worked on good eating habits for the last two months has prepared you to not fall into bad habits when the stress picks up. So far it doesn’t appear that you have succumbed to lots of junk food, and I know moving days can certainly be challenging. Read the rest of this entry »

Jen’s Journal: Week 6. Part 2

Posted on July 24th, 2012 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

Hiking and walking certainly count as exercise — and they count as aerobic activity if you were able to elevate your heart rate for a sustained period of time. This might not have been possible playing golf (since you have to stop to hit the ball) but it could easily have happened with your hiking, especially considering the steep inclines. Read the rest of this entry »

Jen’s Journal: Week 6. Part 1

Posted on July 24th, 2012 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

As far as this week goes, it could have been better and it could have been worse. Because of work, it’s nearly impossible for me to get to the gym at lunch like I used to be able to. So I didn’t lift weights or work out on any aerobics machines. However, I did get some exercise. I played golf, hiked, walked and so forth. Read the rest of this entry »

Fostering Mutual Trust with Your Employees, Part 2

Posted on July 19th, 2012 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

The cycle of distrust

In their book Trust and Betrayal in the Workplace, Dennis S. and Michelle L. Reina describe how distrust develops. They call it the “cycle of distrust,” defined as “a combination of negative assumptions and self-protective behavior [that occurs] in a self-reinforcing pattern that repeatedly traps both managers and employees.” Following is an example of how the pattern can occur: Read the rest of this entry »

Fostering Mutual Trust with Your Employees, Part 1

Posted on July 19th, 2012 by Alicia  |  Comments Off

The next time that you need to spark a lively conversation, just ask people about bad their experiences at work. Whether their bad experience happened last week or years ago, people can become animated with passion, enthusiasm and, sadly, with bitterness when talking about these experiences. For instance, a loyal and dedicated employee who gave years of service to a company may tell you about a promotion she got, only to be told that she had to accept the increased responsibility for her current salary. Another employee may tell you about a time he spoke frankly at a staff meeting, and was berated by his boss for telling the truth. In these situations, managers treat employees in ways that would insult and appall them if they were on the receiving end. Read the rest of this entry »