Lori Patterson

Lori Patterson

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Gym Doors Are Closing...Not OK

This past weekend I heard some alarming information.  Three of the top five major players in the fitness industry will claim bankruptcy within the next two years.  One already has, and two others are right behind them.  This is unacceptable.  This is not the time in history when gym doors can close!  We have an obesity epidemic (and the most alarming population to join is our kids!), a major recession and a lack of professionals to spread knowledge to the general population!  Here is what I say to you, gym owners...figure it out!  Introduce fee based solutions.  Step up your customer service.  Generate a revenue stream in your group exercise room.  Invest in your employees.  Now is not the time to sit and watch...take action and Keep your doors open!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

How to Stay Healthy When Traveling

Hey Mates, hope you are having a fabulous day!  I am currently traveling about England and  thought I would share with you some strategy's to stay healthy while on vacation!  (I have had to apply ALL of these to my vacation!) 
First,  here are some tips to keep moving WHILE you are sightseeing...
  •  Take the stairs instead of the escalators.  Yes, you may be the only one on the stairs,, but do it anyway.  It is an opportunity to increase your heart rate, increase your blood flow and burn a few calories.
  • Walk instead of taking a cab.  Now, I know there are times when a cab is a must, but if you are just traveling from Harrods to Buckingham Palace, take a stroll.  Much better for you and you can see more of the city!
The next tip to staying healthy while on holiday is your nutrition.  Now, I do know eating in strange cities can pose a challenge, however, you can definitely minimize the ill effects of unwanted calories by following the few steps below...
  • Share a meal.  When you dine out, order one entree and share.  Yes, I said share!
  • Order a salad and appetizers.  These are usually smaller proportions and you have the opportunity to try several different foods instead of one plate with loads of one type of food!
And our last tip, stay hydrated!!  Most people know to hydrate when they are on a plane or train, but they forget to drink when they arrive at their destination.  Keep a bottle of water on your person at all times.  Once you leave the US,  lots of restaurants DO NOT serve water, even when you request it.

I hope these tips help you stay healthy and fit on your holiday.  They have definitely helped me while over here across the pond! 

Hoo Aah!