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RESOLVE: Personal Training

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Norman Regional Health System and The Health Club are here to help you become a better and healthier you. How many people have already pushed their resolutions aside and went back to their normal habits? This is why The Health Club has chosen a word to be mindful of throughout the entire year to keep us on course. If we stray a little, do not worry, just go back and focus on that word. The word is Resolve: Resolve to become a better and healthier you.

“People of all sizes can benefit from a personal trainer.”
<p>People of all sizes can benefit from a personal trainer.</p>

A personal trainer may be the strategy that we need to keep us on our journey to becoming a healthier and better version of our current self. You may be starting out new, fighting to get beyond a plateau or simply looking for a change in routine. People of all sizes can benefit from a personal trainer. For instance, one of the more common reasons to seek out a personal trainer is to help lose weight. You want to fit into a smaller size. On the other hand, a thin individual may be looking for help improving core strength by building muscle and improving bone density. Personal trainers can focus on cardio-endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility or body composition or a combination of those components.

Some benefits of using a personal trainer are as follows.

  • Personalized Attention: According to Chat Williams NSCA-CPT, CSPS, a supervisor and a nationally certified strength and conditioning specialist, ‘It is very important to learn about my clients’ fitness goals and the methods in which they want to achieve those goals. I can create a top notch training program but it won’t be most beneficial if it includes activities they dislike or fails to focus on their desired fitness components. A customized program that incorporates their personal goals will lead clients to success.’ A personal trainer will make it all about you. You deserve to come first!
  • Accountable and Motivate: A personal trainer will keep you accountable. They encourage you to push through and complete the workouts. They believe in you even when you personally have some doubts. There are some days that you just don’t want to work out but knowing you have a paid commitment will keep you on track. Trainers have no judgement; they provide unending support and encouragement.
  • Maximize the burn: when you walk endlessly between equipment or spend time deciding what routine to follow next, you don’t receive a good return on investment for your time. A personal trainer will create a routine that will maximize the benefits. Whether you want to burn the most calories, allow for the most repetitions and simply enable you to get the most out of your work-out, a personal trainer is your answer.
  • Safety First: In order to continue along our journey to become a healthier and better you, it is important to avoid injuries. A knowledgeable trainer will teach you proper technique. In addition, they will help you with posture adjustments to ensure your knees and back are properly aligned. Creating a program that is appropriately paced with also keep you in the game and off the injured reserve list.

At The Health Club, which is owned and operated by Norman Regional Health System, there is a dedicated team of personal trainers who have gone above and beyond. They are degreed or advanced degreed fitness professionals including nationally certified personal trainers, certified special population and certified strength and conditioning specialists. This is what sets The Health Club apart from other facilities. They will be glad to answer any of your questions about various exercises and proper technique. Personal training sessions can be scheduled to create a customize program specifically designed for you.

To find out more information about The Health Club, simply call 405.329.5050. You can also stop by for a quick visit or talk a tour at 3720 West Robinson. The main entrance is located at the back of Brookhaven Shopping Center. Walk under the green awning and meet the team that is ready to help you resolve to become a healthier and better you!

RESOLVE: Group Fitness

Monday, January 30, 2017

Norman Regional Health System and The Health Club want 2017 to be the year you become a better and healthier you. New Year's resolutions come and go but it would be so beneficial if this could be a way of life. Be mindful of your choices. Resolve to make this your year.

“Many participants feel accountable to their instructors and work harder than they do on their own.”
<p>Many participants feel accountable to their instructors and work harder than they do on their own.</p>

When you think of becoming a better and healthier you, one way to achieve your goals is to participate in group fitness. By definition, a group fitness class has one or two instructors who lead a group of people in an exercise routine. Many participants feel accountable to their instructors and work harder than they do on their own. In addition, they want to keep on moving in class so that other participants won't think less of them. However, it is important to know that most often other participants are just trying to get in their work out and typically are not concerned or opinionated about others.

Group fitness classes typically include yoga, high impact and low impact aerobic or dance routines, Step classes, spin (cycling), classes designed seniors, kickboxing, TRX, boot camp and combinations classes. Energetic music may just be in the background to keep the class motivated or the routines may be choreographed to beat of the music. The Health Club offers a variety of classes throughout the week. You can see the classes here.

When working out in a group fitness setting, you are usually more motivated with the social and fun atmosphere created by both the instructor as well as the participants. Other benefits include the following.

  • An expert instructor will demonstrate proper technique so you can avoid injuries.
  • The class ensures you do a proper warm up and cool down when you exercise.
  • You can plan your week's workouts around a set class schedule.
  • The instructor can help you adjust your level base on your experience of current fitness ability.
  • You can go with friends to keep you accountable for showing up.
  • The more fun you have, the more likely it is that you will return for more classes.

To find out more information about The Health Club, simply call 405.329.5050. You can also stop by for a quick visit or talk a tour at 3720 West Robinson. The main entrance is located at the back of Brookhaven Shopping Center. Walk under the green awning and meet the team that is ready to help you resolve to become a healthier and better you!

Prevention is the Best Medicine for Antibiotic Resistance!

Monday, January 23, 2017

For over 70 years, antibiotics have been used to fight infections and ultimately save lives. Penicillin, which was known as the miracle drug, was the first antibiotic prescribed starting in the 1940s. Along with other antibiotics and antimicrobial agents, the utilization over the years has skyrocketed. Unfortunately, this widespread use of these infection fighting medications has ultimately made organisms adapt and resist treatment. The efficacy of the medication has been compromised. These resistant microorganisms are sometimes referred to as superbugs.

“A quick 20 seconds could prevent you from acquiring a cold, flu or other infectious disease.”
<p>A quick 20 seconds could prevent you from acquiring a cold, flu or other infectious disease.</p>

Alexander Fleming won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of Penicillin. With this discovery, people thought we would be able to live in a world that was free from infectious diseases. Fleming understood that his miracle drug could have a short-coming with the potential development of resistance. Despite the warning he provided in his acceptance speech, overutilization or improper prescribing continued.

When someone acquires an antibiotic resistant infection, the treatment options become limited, more costly as well as potentially more toxic. Their time in the hospital would most likely be extended, their recovery from major surgery or chemotherapy could be negatively impacted and they have a higher potential of spreading infections to other people. It is also important to mention the toll from pain and suffering.

There are precautions to help keep these important medications effective in the germ and infection fighting battle against bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. Prevention is the best medicine. By properly washing your hands, you can help stop the spread of germs. According to Julie Smith, RN, Infection Prevention Specialist at Norman Regional Health System, "A quick 20 seconds could prevent you from acquiring a cold, flu or other infectious disease. When using hand sanitizer, use enough of the product to coat the same areas as when you wash your hands and rub until all areas are dry; this process should take about 15-20 seconds as well. People tend to wipe off the excess which defeats the purpose of the hand sanitizer; it works best if you rub it until it is dry." Norman Regional Health System has a hand hygiene program in place for all its employees called Wash In / Wash Out, or WIWO for short. WIWO helps remind everyone of the expectation to wash hands every time employees enter AND exit a patient room. Washing can be performed using soap and water or with our hospital provided hand sanitizer. This program has helped everyone focus on basic hand washing.

It is important to take the appropriate steps to avoid infection in the first place. These precautions are more important than ever.

a. Hand Washing, Hand Washing, Hand Washing!
b. Proper food handling and preparation
c. Respiratory hygiene - Cover your cough with the inside of your elbow, don’t use your hands
d. Stay home when you are sick and keep your germs to yourself
e. Antibiotic Stewardship – While it is up to the physicians to prescribe the appropriate medication, at the most effective dosage, for the right length of time; as patients, we need to follow through on our end as well.

i. Take antibiotics as prescribed
ii. Finish the entire course/prescription of antibiotic, even when you start to feel better.
iii. Discuss with your physician when you need antibiotics - antibiotics do not treat viruses

For additional information on antibiotic stewardship, please visit the Centers for Disease Control’ and Prevention’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/

Remember, the easiest way to help prevent infection, including any onset of a superbug, starts with simply washing your hands.

RESOLVE: Strengthen Your Core

Monday, January 16, 2017

Over the last few weeks, Norman Regional Health System and The Health Club have been focusing on helping you become a better you. Instead of making New Year's Resolutions that are typically forgotten about right after the start of the New Year, a word was chosen to be mindful of throughout the year to help keep you on course. The word is Resolve: Resolve to become a better and healthier you.

“There are so many benefits to increasing your core strength including better balance, stability, helps in long-term weight loss goals, and improved flexibility just to name a few.”
<p>There are so many benefits to increasing your core strength including better balance, stability, helps in long-term weight loss goals, and improved flexibility just to name a few.</p>

With Walk to Run, the focus was on the importance on being physically active and improving your cardiovascular health. Now it is time to consider improving your core strength. When discussing your core, most people only think of their abdominals. However, your core consists of over 30 paired muscle groups from your shoulders to your hips.

According to Jack Carter, a Supervisor at The Health Club as well as a Nationally Certified Strength and Conditioning Trainer with Distinction, "As we age, we tend to lose muscle mass. It is very important to stop this process. There are so many benefits to increasing your core strength including better balance, stability, helps in long-term weight loss goals, and improved flexibility just to name a few. Not to leave out the obvious, resistance training will make you stronger overall."

The Health Club, which is owned and operated by Norman Regional Health System, is committed to proper certification and education. The dedicated staff consists of degreed or advanced degreed fitness professionals including nationally certified personal trainers, certified special population and certified strength and conditioning specialists. This is what sets The Health Club apart from other facilities. They will be glad to answer any of your questions about various exercises and proper technique. Personal training sessions can be scheduled to create a customize program specifically designed for you.

Simply call The Health Club at 405/329-5050 or stop by at 3720 West Robinson. The main entrance is located at the back of Brookhaven Shopping Center in the southwest corner. Walk under the green awning and meet the team that is ready to help you!

Remember in 2017; be mindful of the word RESOLVE. RESOLVE to be a healthier and better you.

RESOLVE: Walk then Run!

Monday, December 26, 2016

During the holidays, it is easy to concede to overindulging in food and a lack of exercise. Now is a perfect time to RESOLVE to put our health and well-being first while participating in the holidays. Starting, or even continuing, an exercise program can seem overwhelming but if you take small steps in the beginning, you can build up to a more rigorous program.

“One of the most basic methods to become active is to walk. You don’t need any special skills, just a comfortable pair of shoes and a place to go.”
<p>One of the most basic methods to become active is to walk. You don’t need any special skills, just a comfortable pair of shoes and a place to go.</p>

One of the most basic methods to become active is to walk. You don’t need any special skills, just a comfortable pair of shoes and a place to go. According to the CDC, in addition to weight control, regular physical activity reduces the risk for many diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression as well as some cancers. Physically active people have stronger muscles, bone and joints and tend to live longer. Walking is a great way to increase your physical activity in order to achieve some of these health benefits. Please consult your physician prior to beginning a new exercise routine.

In order to be successful, you must prioritize and schedule your time to walk just like you do with your other commitments. RESOLVE that you will start out walking with the goal to continue to increase your pace and distance. Baby steps to bigger strides. You can walk outside if the weather allows, head to the mall or use a treadmill at the gym. The key is to just get started.

There are a variety of online programs and smart phone apps you can use to help chart your schedule. The goal is to help an inactive person increase their distance, speed and duration over time. With the use of a cell phone, headphones and the app, the participant is given instructions. You can also use a spreadsheet and a watch if that works better for you. Each of these programs has about a 5 minute warm up and cool down. In between the two, the program instructs the participant how long to walk and when to start incorporating a run. As the weeks progress, other than the warm up and cool down, the walking time decreases as the run increases. The distance and duration of the work out slowly increase as well. Depending on how aggressive a program you select, you could go from being inactive to running a 5K in approximately 8 - 12 short weeks.

Now is the time to RESOLVE to become a walker, and if desired, transition into a runner. Resolve to be a better you!