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Comprehensive Cutting-Edge Weber Way to Wellness Program

By: Weber Way to Wellness Reporter

The best way to get healthy and stay healthy is by taking charge of your health. Now, a new and improved wellness program is available in Central Florida. Weber takes her education, over 15 years of work experience, and her athletics and formulates an affordable program. In addition, she takes her 16 sports she has competed on the elite level and over 350 strength and endurance world records and she designed a specialty sports program for all ages and ability levels. Discounted personal training, massage therapy and over 20 specialty programs are available at 15 percent off the regular price.There is no membership fee and no contract!!

Take Charge of YOUR Health. Enroll today.

This comprehensive wellness program includes specialty programs in sports nutrition, multi-sport coaching, private swim lessons, paddle board, archery, and MORE!!

Alicia, an elite SUP Racer set her first paddle board speed world record on November 24, 2013. She offers paddle board fitness training (with board rentals available) at Clermont Waterfront Park in Lake Minneola.

Watch her set her first paddle board speed record on the 1k course on Lake Minneola, Florida.

Contact Alicia for questions and enrollment in the Weber Way to Wellness Program at Awinningway@gmail.com

ALICIA WEBER is recognized as the “World’s Most Prolific Female Recordsetter” and she was one of 10 selected to be in the Most Extraordinary People of Lake County, October 2013 Issue of Lake-Sumter Style Magazine. Weber is the 7th person down in Extraordinary People List. Weber has set over 20 archery fitness world records at Recordsetter and she guided archery athletes to world records too.

Physical Fitness Testing Makes a Difference

By:  Weber Way to Wellness Reporter

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Just hitting the gym 3 times a week makes a person feel better, but the people that do that PLUS get tested in physical fitness get SO MUCH MORE out of fitness and LIFE!!

A top finisher in Alicia’s “2010 Toughest Fitness Challenge” said that the physical fitness testing is where she learned her strengths and weaknesses.  Going to the gym regularly, she never knew where she stood head to toe.  Now, she knows where she stands and is better because of her fitness challenge!

Alicia “World Record” Weber says, ”All walks of life can benefit from a fitness challenge no matter if you are behind the desk working all day or in the military.  However, if you are in the military or police, I feel you should do a fitness challenge yearly to stay on top of your game.”

Clyde works at the computer by day, but is there for his workouts at night.  He won 2 fitness challenges with Alicia so far.  He knows he will stretch himself and it is fun to see how far you can go under Alicia’s tutelage.

Alicia says, “Although people may hear ‘physical fitness testing’ and feel their stomachs churn and want to avoid the topic, my ‘tests’ are not regimented and mundane.  They can actually be pretty fun.”

Clyde just competed and won a “Lungfish Challenge” which consisted of an aquatic long jump, water intervals, and others.  Once one challenge is done, he is ready for another! 

Alicia gives Clyde a Pop Quiz for Spiderman Pushups and challenges him to 24 reps (his current best is 14 reps)!  He is preparing for Alicia’s January 2011 Fitness Challenge!

Clyde comments on his physical fitness excitement, “I love the adrenaline rush, goal setting, and competition. It is an individual competition to test myself and I trust Alicia to sculpt my body and be able to do things I can’t imagine doing.  Alicia is an ‘exercise artist’ with each exercise and workout preparing one for a bigger goal and achievement.”

A retired S.W.A.T police sniper believes yearly physical fitness testing is a MUST.  He trains under Alicia and recently won a competitive shooting competition. He has been challenged in a 3-min Aerobic Step Test and ab endurance challenges and he hopes to take part in Alicia’s next fitness challenge.  He believes being retired is about traveling and being able to climb the Great Wall of China or a mountain in France, if you wish.  You don’t want to come into retirement over-worked, bedridden, and unable to enjoy life because you left your physical fitness to the dogs! 

The retired S.W.AT police sniper says, “When you are out of shape as a police officer you are not only letting yourself down, but your partner.  Physical fitness has been shown to improve shooting, fighting, and the ability to handle stress.  Alicia’s workouts and fitness challenges are about all-around physical fitness and well being. She tailors the workouts to individual’s needs from beginner to advanced.”

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Alicia Weber’s Health and Fitness Workout Plans, Log Book, and Nutrition Advice = Winning Physical Fitness!

By:  Weber Way to Wellness Reporter Click here to visit JD Productions.

CLERMONT, FLORIDA-October, 6, 2010, marks the 5th day of the Inaugural 14 Day Fat Flush Fitness Rush where Jenni shows success can happen!  Jenni lost 6 lbs by her fifth day and she is on a record-setting weight loss roll!!

Here she takes a break from her effective and exciting beach workouts to star in a commercial for Alicia Weber’s new physical fitness book, “Your Winning Way to Physical Fitness.”

Jenni has this book and keeps re-reading it.  This is a book she keeps reviewing as she logs her eating habits and workout results. Jenni finds solutions to her health questions in this book.  For instance, when she was sore she learned the right stretch to rid her pain.    The book is full of advice and motivation from Alicia Weber where she shares personal experiences from her athletic wins and she reveals health information to make you the best you can be! 

Jenni exclaims,”Alicia Weber is the epitome of creative fitness and ‘Your Winning Way to Physical Fitness’ proves why.”

Your Winning Way to Physical Fitness is for anybody looking to stay fit!

Watch the Preview of Your Winning Way to Physical Fitness Below:

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“Your Winning Way to Physical Fitness” ebook NOW AVAILABLE at AliciaWeber.com/fit

By:  Alicia “World Record” Weber

My nickname is “World Record Weber” and my goal after achieving 30 world records covering all 5 areas of physical fitness was to write my book and publish it – I did just that with Your Winning Way to Physical Fitness!! 

Copyright © Alicia Weber

I have been a fitness trainer, nutritionist, aquatic therapist, and elite athlete for 15+ years and I found I was being asked the same types of questions over and over and many clients had the same concerns. Through my personal experiences, research, and education, I can give you the answers to these questions in a fun, simple way.  I make nutrition, health, and phyiscal fitness simple and I provide key exercises, stretches, and advice. This book also provides a 52-week training log with advice and motivational quotes for every week! 

Would you be interested in learning how to lose 7-10 lbs easily in 14 days, just by eating normal foods?
This is a regular achievement for someone in my programs and you will meet one client that did just that and more!  This is found in Your Winning Way to Physical Fitness!

Do you want to learn the 5 areas of physical fitness?  Would you be interested in learning some easy physical fitness tests to test for your 5 areas and discover your strengths and weaknesses?  From child to senior learn the moves and see what you can expect from the 5 areas of physical fitness in these simple tests found in this book.

Do you have sciatic pains, back problems, piriformis syndrome, plantar fasciitis, Charley Horses, chronic pains, or injuries that you are looking for a healing solution?
Learn the “Weber Ways to Wellness” in this book!

Are you a recreational or elite athlete looking for an edge or a diabetic looking to become a better eater, or someone looking for ways to stay tight and trim? 
This physical fitness book is for anyone looking to stay fit!

Click here to Make a commitment to a NEW YOU today with the ebook “Your Winning Way to Physical Fitness” at AliciaWeber.com/fit

Now, hear it from the customers that purchased “Your Winning Way to Physical Fitness” :

“I honestly can’t imagine life without Alicia.  I look forward to seeing her weekly. I have so many things I still want to learn & accomplish, but I have many goals that I’ve already conquered thanks to World Record Weber pushing me every step of the way!  Alicia’s “Your Winning Way to Physical Fitness” book helps hold myself accountable and I can easily track progress. It is a terrific complement to her training program.”
-Jenni, Runner-up in Alicia’s 2009 Fitness Challenge and 3rd place in 2010 “Lungfish Challenge”

“WORLD RECORD WEBER’S book, Your Winning Way to Physical Fitness, is unlike anything I have ever seen!  Alicia describes the 5 areas of physical fitness, shows how to do the exercises properly, and explains the tests that measure your level of fitness.  She even provides a 52-week log section to record your results. FABULOUS!  Since I am prone to back aches, I learned which exercises I should do.” – Claudia, Senior Citizen trying to stay fit!

“While many forms of exercise are all good (biking, hiking, swimming, running) they are based on repetitive movement. Numerous muscles are used very little or not at all.  Alicia’s book has a program that will indentify under-used muscles and muscle tightness (decreased flexibility).  This program increases flexibility and muscle balance, which is a well-known injury preventer.”
– James, long distance hiker (had partial tear in quadricep, now healed)

“With Your Winning Way to Physical Fitness, Alicia instills the power of commitment when you make a pledge for a ‘new you’ .  Having this book by my side, I know what stretches to do when I get stiff and how to prevent injuries.  I know my progress as I fill out the 52-week  training log. I learn how much water I should be drinking during exercise and throughout the day.  I learn key healing foods and most of all, I learned things I never knew before.  This is a book I keep re-reading and I can certainly say it has helped take me to another new level in athletics!   Your Winning Way to Physical Fitness is a REAL WINNER!”
-Chris, Recreational Athlete turned Elite Athlete

Lake County Florida Fitness Trainer, All-Around Athlete, & World Record Holder – Alicia Weber has Unique Programs FOR ALL!

By:  Weber Way to Wellness Reporter Click here to visit JD Productions.

Alicia Weber’s claim to fame might be her 30+ World Records in Strength and Endurance and her 60 victories among 10-sports, but her business is helping people in all areas of health, nutrition, and physical fitness and taking them to a whole new level!

She takes her 15+ years of serious athletic experiences and education and creates unique programs.  She has a popular personal training program that is geared for a busy person that does not want to spend hours working out and watching everything they eat.  Alicia says,”Thrity minutes a week commitment is the minimum needed to see results.”

For those in a rush, Alicia has a 2-week “Fat Flush Fitness Rush” program that has been successful and fun, but intense.  Jenni Satterfield participates in both programs with her husband Clyde.  Jenni says this about personal training with Alicia, “Alicia is an incredible trainer that believes in you, even when YOU don’t believe in yourself. She’s by your side doing the exercises with you during your session. She’s creative and thorough with her training. You’ll rarely do the same exercise twice, so there’s no chance you’ll get bored with your personal sessions. She has YOUR best interest in mind, carefully choosing exercises to focus on your needs & working on the goals that you’ve set for yourself.”

Jenni adds, “I took a session of “Fat Flush Fitness Rush” and Alicia pushed us to the next level. She won’t let you give up because she’s constantly encouraging you & she does the same exercises with you! I can now understand how just 14 days in the “Fat Flush Fitness Rush” program will give you positive results!”

Click here for “Fat Flush Fitness Rush” Schedule

Alicia has a sport nutrition program for all types of athletes.  One athlete is featured and he found Alicia’s guidance to be crucial in getting him to the next level in elite triathlon and running.  Alicia also has nutrition programs for non-athletes and she hosts regular fitness challenges to keep people focused on goals.

Clyde  Satterfield won a recent 4-week “Lungfish Challenge” that consisted primarily of tough water workouts.  Clyde says,  “I was very skeptical of Alicia’s water workouts. I didn’t expect to get much out of them at all. I’m a guy & I like to be in the gym! Well, she proved me wrong. I was impressed with Alicia’s workouts & the results they produced. It’s a nice change of pace from the gym. I highly recommend her aquatic training and Lungfish Challenge.  She makes them fun, but even more challenging.”

Also in the “Lungfish Challenge” the 4th place finisher was also on Alicia’s nutrition program and she took off a record 3 inches off her waist in 4-weeks!

Alicia’s programs cover all areas from aquatic therapy rehab to high intensity sport performance training.  She has worked with people ages 4-97 yrs old.  Here is a short list of some programs available in Lake County Florida (outside of the ones listed above):  water aerobics, dance classes, aquatic therapy, martial arts conditioning, programs to get military and cops in shape to pass the fitness tests, balance and coordination training, programs for people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and diabetes, “Weight Loss by Water” program for obesity, running and triathlon coaching, and programs for better golf.
Alicia has ongoing programs in Lake County Florida and she can be reached   at  Awinningway@gmail.com  or on Facebook.

 

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*Alicia is a degreed and certified fitness trainer and nutritionist.  She has degrees in Communication and Biology and she was in a Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program.  She is a University of Florida grad where she ran for U.F.  and  was  a letter winner in track and field and cross country.

Alicia works with athletes in ALL SPORTS in sport specific-injury prevention programs. 

Below is a list of her career highlights ( just from 2007-2010) in Alicia’s 10-sports.  Key =  * by listing means Championship Event

Physical Fitness Challenges:
May 27, 2010 – Alicia sets 5 Maximum Strength World Records within 45 Minutes!
Feb 6 – March 9, 2010 – Alicia Sets 11 World Records and 2 Rare Strength Feats in 33 Days!

* Jan 31, 2010  Southern Sprints Indoor Rowing Championship and World Qualifier
Open Ltwt Women 500 m 1:49.5  2nd Place   Open Ltwt women 2k 8:21.9 5th place
*  Dec 6, 2009 Xterra Half-Marathon Mountain Run World Championship
(considered world’s toughest half-marathon) 40th Woman in the World
*Nov 22, 2009 Lithia Trail Half-Marathon Championship (largest trail run in Southeast)  1:40.25  3rd place
Nov 8, 2009 Stand Up Paddle Boarding Poker Run  2nd Fastest Female
Sept 19, 2009 University Park 4-mile Cross Country 27:26  2nd place
July 14, 2009 Morton Plant Mease Triathlon (largest sprint tri in Southeast)  1:16.22  11th place Elite Female
* June 14, 2009 Master’s Open Water Swimming 1-mile National Championship 14th overall
* June 13, 2009 Florida State Games Sprint Kayak Championship 500m 3:32 1st place, 200m 1:26 2nd place
*April 2008 ITU Triathlon National Championship for Under 30 Elites
                           (2012 Talent ID Invitational) 9th place
*Nov  18, 2007  Lithia Trail Half-Marathon Championship (largest trail run in Southeast)  1:38.56  2nd place
Oct 21, 2007 UCF U Can Finish 5-mile  road race 33:08 10th place
August 19, 2007 Celebration of Running 3 mile road race  19:22 10th place
* August 18, 2007 1 mile Open Water Swim Publix Family Fitness Championship Series  20:27  10th place
* June 10, 2007 Florida State Games Sprint Kayak Championship 500m 3:40 1st place, 200m 1:36 2nd place
March 17, 2007 Ft. Desoto Park International Distance Classic Duathlon 10k run, Bike 23 mi, Run 5k  1st place

Are you wanting Quick Fat Loss and Fitness Gains in Central Florida? Solution is Here!

By:  Weber Way to Wellness Reporter

No time, money, or commitment, but a willingness to achieve fat loss and health results in a hurry can leave one confused in the direction to turn.  One thing is certain a magic fat loss pill won’t do the trick!

Alicia Weber – 30+  x World Record Holder, Fitness Trainer, and Nutritionist has a solution for you if you live in Central Florida and even if you don’t keep reading for quick success tips! 

If you live in Central Florida, Alicia has a 14 day program to guide one in both nutrition and fat loss to see results!  What is even better is that the price is right!  The first session is FREE and the rest of the 2 weeks only costs that of a 1-on-1 1hr fitness session. 

This is a special program limited to 15 people and it is only for a limited time.  Contact Alicia at Awinningway@gmail.com for more info and registration.  If you would like to take off between 7 – 10 lbs, reduce your waist size a few inches, or get ready to compete – then get on board for 2 weeks to get results like other clients!

Here are some quick tips to get your engine fired up and get your fat burning furnace cranking!!

1.)     Research has shown that if you eat an apple 15 minutes before a meal you can reduce your caloric intake by 200 calories!  Eating an apple a day can do more than keep the doctor away – it will also help in fat loss!

2.)    Rich in monounsaturated fats, unsalted assorted nuts can provide heart health and they can promote fat loss.  Next time you want a snack – reach for a big bowl filled with only a handful of nuts!  Why?  The big bowl helps with portion control – it makes you feel you are eating more and you eat less and satiate.  A handful of nuts are all you need to keep your engine running and metabolism kicking!

3.)    Although nutrition is 75% of the full healthy picture, little pictures have big ears!  Exercise is a little picture that performed with the right turbulence can turn one into a well-oiled machine!  Here’s a quick workout to keep the engine rolling!

Start with 2-3 sets and build to 5 sets
10 pushups (wall, elevated, or standard pushups depending on ability level)  Immediately after do 10 squats  = 1 set

GO ALL OUT and the goal is to do 3 sets under 3 minutes and 5 sets under 5 minutes!  This is a good “pick me up” routine to do once a day to fire it up!!


Talking Abs with Endurance Sit-Up World Record Holder – Alicia Weber

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By:  Alicia Weber, Central Florida Personal Trainer Click here to visit JD Productions.

Due to recent requests by my fans, I made a 10-minute non-stop sit-up video (shown above) where the sit-ups get increasingly more difficult as time goes by. Sit-up endurance is definitely a measure of many muscles not just the Abs.  For one, a strong back is needed to sustain endurance and proper form in sit-ups.  Proper form is defined as legs bent and held down, arms bent and immovable with fingers placed above the ears.  Chin is away from the chest with a forward head placement.

For a rep to count – medial elbow on both arms must cross the lateral knee on both legs (back is perpendicular to ground at apex of situp) and then the lower back must flatten and touch floor. This is how to perform proper form situps for fitness tests.

Sit-ups are contraindicated for many people including those with spinal arthritis, back spasms, back injuries, low back pain, posture problems, weak backs, etc.  Back pain is the 2nd most common neurological ailment in the U.S. and over 50 billion a year is spent on back relief accordng to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes.  The first step in reducing back problems are finding the causes and taking steps to back pain relief and those answers are found on my page –  Time to Back-up and Re-Group!

A weak, sore, and fatigued back will be the first to give out during sit-ups.  The bending of the knees make the abdominal muscles work more as the upward pull of the torso from lying position to the bent knees involves the following abdominal muscles and other muscle groups:

1.)     The first 30-45 degrees (lifting the shoulder blades off the ground with full compression of the rectus abdominis m. ) involves external and internal obliques muscles acting like a corset as they tighten and flex around the rib cage.  The rectus abdominis m. is compressed.

2.)    Then moving from 45 degrees to full sit (where medial elbows touch lateral knees) are where the hip flexors become involved in the pull to sit and there is a high compressive load placed on the lumbar spine (where back extensor muscle strength is important or else one could risk injury).  In the initial pull phase, the hip flexors can lift the trunk from a lying posture toward the front of the leg in a sit-up.  These hip flexors include the iliacus m. and psoas major m. (flexes and laterally rotates thigh), tensor fascia lata m. (an abductor), and the pectineus m. (an adductor). Then, the rectus femoris m. and sartorius m. join in as they are the only muscles in the quadriceps muscle group involved as hip flexors. They originate at the pelvis and are involved with leg flexion as the hip crosses the pelvic femoral joint.

3.)    Going from full sit to about 45 degrees down the hip flexors are once again involved as well as the abdominal stabilizing muscles.  The tensor fascia lata m. assists with abduction, internal rotation, and flexion of the hip, as well as trunk stabilization.  *Controlling the back and maintaining proper posture are key especially in this phase (you don’t want to just fall back!!).  The back extensor muscles (mainly the erector spinae and multifidus muscles) are the main source for posterior stability for the spine and they oppose the force of gravity as they maintain erect posture and control forward flexion during a sit-up.

4.)    Finally from 45 degrees down to flattening of the back on the ground, the rectus abdominis m. goes from flexion to full length extension.  The rectus abdominis m. is a long abdominal muscle that begins at the pubis with the muscle fibers extending vertically and attaching to the cartilages of the fifth, sixth, and seventh ribs (on the front part of the trunk).

Are Sit-ups really a good exercise and why do them?  Sit-ups are not a good exercise for everybody.  As stated in the 3rd paragraph, sit-ups are a No-No for anyone with any kind of back problem or back weakness.  Sit-ups are excellent exercise for a regular exerciser that does regular abdominal exercise and back strengthening  exercises.  Endurance sit-ups are a good challenge for hip flexors, back, and abdominal muscle groups. Although the emphasis should be abdominals with minimal hip flexor muscles working as in proper form sit-ups shown here.  Sit-ups can cover the full length of the rectus abdominis muscle in a way that can’t be achieved in a crunch or ab curl, or other (low back held down) ab exercise.   Your rectus abdominis m. and back should feel really stretched out, relaxed, and strengthened after sit-ups if you are conditioned and doing them properly.

Alicia Weber holds a 30-minute sit-up world record and she set the world record in the form explained above.  She is an Official World Record Holder published in The Book of Alternative Records , Believe the Unbelievable: the Ultimate Book of World Records and the People who Pursue Them , and others.
Alicia also holds the proper form 30-minute situp world record with RecordSetter World Records found here.


Are You up for a Fitness Challenge in Central Florida? Personal Trainer has Fun & Challenging Fitness Programs in Orlando Florida

By:  Weber Way to Wellness Reporter

CLERMONT, FLORIDA— Alicia’s Fitness Challenge concluded in flying colors as the top three finishers received tie-dyed shirts, improved fitness in all 5 areas of physical fitness, and much more!!  Throughout Central Florida businesses and individuals alike could register for free and do Alicia’s 12-week fitness challenge, while they were on a personal training program.

Alicia Weber is a fitness trainer of 12-years that is described as energetic, enthusiastic, and full of surprises! Alicia challenged fitness enthusiasts with a 12-week fitness challenge that consisted of 28 exercises worth 5 to 50 points and the exercises increased in difficulty every week as the point value increased.

Some believed the fitness challenge couldn’t be that challenging and they signed up only to drop out during the first week.  Others thought they would never be able to complete the difficult exercises in the later weeks of the challenge.

One female retired Law Enforcement Officer stayed optimistic and said, “If I am training with Alicia Weber anything is possible.  I know Alicia well because I trained with her longer than any of the other participants and I keep working and improving fitness with Alicia. I want to stay in shape during retirement!”  The challenge requires a mental toughness and this retired Law Enforcement Officer proved she not only had mental toughness, but the physical fitness to win this challenge!

Twelve began the challenge and only 4 finished the challenge.  All of the men dropped out.  Men and women competed in the same exercises with the same point values.

Alicia describes her challenge by saying, “I don’t expect people to get a perfect score.  They will get great successes and they will have to handle failures too.  Everything in this challenge is out of reach, but I will train them to put things in reach as they put out some effort.  They all train only 1 hour a week with me and then they are given some ‘exercise homework’ to complete.  This challenge will test their mental toughness and at the same time improve one in all 5 areas of physical fitness (cardio, muscular strength/endurance, flexibility, abdominal strength/endurance, and balance/coordination).”

Retired Law Enforcement Officer Wins Fitness Challenge!

The retired Law Enforcement Officer pictured here won with an incredible 85% cumulative score and a perfect score in abdominal strength and endurance.  The total possible points one could earn is 685 points.  All the women performed 10 men’s pushups in a row by the 5th week.   The women and men strived to perform 24 consecutive spiderman pushups to earn 50pts by the 12th week.  No one met that goal, but several women got partial credit for doing 4 spiderman pushups in a row.  The winner tackled the hardest exercises with class and blew away Alicia’s standards on a few of them including the 3 Minute Ab Curl Up (she did 150 reps in 2 and half minutes and she only needed to do 105 reps to get 50 pts).  Since she was past the mark of 105 reps to earn her 50pts, she stopped at 150 reps and saved her energies to attack other exercises.

Retired Law Enforcement Officer Wins Fitness Challenge

The winner comments on her fitness challenge win and the benefits she achieved by saying, “If I listened to Alicia, concentrated on what Alicia was teaching me, and followed her techniques, then the possibility to improve in 12-weeks was there.  When I put the effort out, the improvements came naturally.  I was surprised at what I did.”

Alicia commends all those that completed her fitness challenge, which has been her toughest.  All four finishers received awards.  Additionally, the top 3 finishers received a special tie-dyed shirt and they won a free copy of Alicia’s new book on physical fitness, which is now available as an ebook at AliciaWeber.com/fit!

Are you up for a challenge?  Alicia has summer fitness challenges called the “Lungfish Challenge,” which last several weeks and combine water and land training.  If you wish to enroll, contact Alicia at Awinningway@gmail.com

Health in Corporate America for Profit and Productivity

Foreword: As a Fitness/Nutrition/Solutions Consultant I interview top professionals and write educational, entertaining articles that are hopefully thought provoking for my readers.

By:  Alicia Weber

In a rush to satisfy job requirements, do you think you ate some quick, unhealthy snacks that may have left you lackadaisical? Could it be that you love your job, but may wish that you had a higher income and could work fewer hours?

Or is everything wonderful, but you may not be sure if you have health insurance that would cover the upcoming doctor and physical therapy bills?

The employment statistics suggest that people are turning to self -employment more than they were a decade ago and fewer employers are offering healthcare coverage. According to the U.S. Census Bureau for Health Insurance, 47 million Americans are without health insurance and young adults are the fastest growing uninsured population. It is time to think about preventative health.

Just as on a job an employee is to be prompt, prepared, and productive, when it comes to one’s health everyone should be prompt, prepared, and preventative.

Being health preventative and productive with profit is a doable combination in Corporate America and below one can find out.

Rule # 1: Biofeedback Without Barriers.
Any great athlete can explain the monumental wins from biofeedback and mental preparation including Michael Jordan, Greg Louganis, Tiger Woods, and Venus Williams. Sports or business, one must think about what they want to have happen regularly and let the thoughts go from awareness to actions. You have to have a vision before going on a mission. Many times I thought of how I wanted things to be and before I knew it everything happened and it was normally better than what I dreamed. I would have to keep pinching myself!

“Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.” – Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Rule # 2: Eat Smart to Think Smart.

Getting rid of soda pop and enriched, bleached white flour products alone, I see 50% increased energy level and productivity with my personal clients and not to forget to mention weight loss! If it is white, don’t bite! The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an almost 5 percent annual growth rate for food eaten at home. People might be pinching pennies for cheaper food, but don’t get cheap with your health. Your health is everything. Smart shopping can keep one healthy and save money. During a tough time in ’02, I was able to keep my grocery bills under $70/month and spend no more than $30/month at restaurants. By making large quantities that can be frozen or refrigerated and buying good proteins to consume, one can save money and stay healthy as I did. My favorite is making a huge bowl of fresh salad and adding fish to it to eat during the week! Certain dishes including chili, lasagna, pasta, and soups are other foods that can be made in large quantities and gobbled throughout the week.

Key nutrients that can keep one smart and healthy include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Omega 3 Fatty Acids – imperative for mental and heart health found in salmon, tuna, and nuts

2. B vitamins – maintain mental skills and keep depression at bay also found in salmon and nuts, as well as chicken breast, avocado, banana, broccoli, orange juice, baked potato with skin, spinach, black-eyed peas, garbonzo beans, lentils, pinto beans, and spaghetti

3. Vitamin C – strengthens immune system and can be found in all citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, and green peppers.

* These vitamins are also known to prevent heart disease, certain cancers, and stroke.

* These vitamins are also known to prevent heart disease, certain cancers, and stroke.

Some people might think of fitness and associate it with sweat, long-enduring workouts, pain, perserverance, and muscle aches. On the contrary, obtaining fitness can be about taking just 5-minutes to exert muscles in multiple movements.
Fitness at the workplace could be about taking a few deep breaths of deep breathing, taking the stairs, performing a few moves of chair yoga, and walking brisk intervals around the office with a few final stretches.

In any event, studies show exercise has a direct benefit to alertness and keeping stress down on the job. One easy and beneficial “belly-breathing” exercise called Tortoise Breathing is S-L-O-W and known to help with alertness, better concentration, and stronger immunity and it is easy to do on the job! Just take a minute and try Tortoise Breathing below:

1. Stand or sit without slouching. Inhale slowly so that your chest, diaphragm, and lower abdomen expand.

2. Exhale slowly so that your chest, diaphragm, and lower abdomen contract.

3. Finally, begin timing your breathing for one minute: an inhalation and exhalation count together as one breath. Goal 2 – 4 breaths a minute. Typically people just starting out take 8-12 breaths a minute. Combine biofeedback with this breathing exercise and you will be on your way to better health, profit, and productivity!

* Taking preventative health measures has been a proven success with one of the most stressful jobs of that of a Deputy Sheriff of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida.

Corporal Pat Reilly, Wellness Coordinator for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office knows how preventative health measures work wonders for employees on and off the job and he starts by saying, ” With the inherent risks connected to Law Enforcement, individual health and fitness may be the difference in winning or not winning a confrontation. A regular exercise program is proven to reduce health care expenses, limit work time missed due to illness, aid in recovery time from injury or illness, improves sleeping habits, impacts performance and daily activity, etc. These are some of the obvious benefits of becoming and staying involved with any Wellness program.”

Corporal Pat Reilly seen in front of the state of the art Fitness Center located at the main Sheriff’s Office complex in Orlando where Group Exercise classes include Indoor Cycling, Abdominals, Yoga, Self Defense – Jui Jitsu and Aikido.Corporal Pat Reilly, Wellness Coordinator, has over 1,000 fitness center users a week in a wellness program and he says, “The most applicable benefit of our preventative health and exercise programs is the overwhelming physical fitness gains observed and documented by employees participating in our Diagnostic Fitness Assessment Testing program also known as “The Program FDS”. We have developed a digital, diagnostic testing program which gives a participant immediate readings of Body Composition, Flexibility, Upper Body Strength and Lower Body Strength assessment testing. This 5 minute assessment program keeps our personnel ‘connected’ mainly because of the ‘awareness’ and ‘comparison’ factors attached to The Program. Employees immediately see health and fitness gains as well as allowing them to learn of negative gains before “slip-ups” have disappointing effects.”

Preventative Health in Corporate America is clearly the proven way to go for TOP profit and productivity!

**If you are an employer or individual that needs a preventative health solution, contact the Fitness/Nutrition/Solution Consultant, Alicia Weber,  for a Recommendation at Awinningway@gmail.com