Monday, February 27, 2012

65+ Fit Facts

  • If you don’t weight train regularly, you can lose as much as 80% of your muscular strength by age 65.

  • According to a recent study, senior citizens who exercise live longer, healthier, happier lives. 
  • Exercise builds strength and improves balance and flexibility, which reduces the risk of falling. Falling is one of the leading causes of death for those over the age of 65. 

  • Walking is the most popular activity for seniors followed by exercising with equipment, net fishing, camping, and swimming. 

  • You're never too old to start exercising.  Benefits from physical activity are observed even in those who only start exercising in the 70s, 80s and 90s.

  • A study supported by the National Institute on Aging found that seniors can preserve their memory and the size of their brain by walking at least 6 miles a week on a regular basis.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Exercise Benefits Are Not Just Physical

Regular exercise not only improves physical health, but it positively affects other areas of our lives as well.

Here’s how…
  • A study from Perdue University showed that a 22% improvement in fitness level resulted in a 70% improvement in decision-making ability.  
  • Multiple studies have shown that exercise reduces anxiety and stress.
  • Reduced absenteeism, worker’s comp, sick leave,  and disability.
  • According to a NASA study, regular physical activity improved work efficiency at the end of a full day by 12.5%. 
  • Improved overall attitude toward work and improved work experience. 
  • 27% reduction in mental errors requiring concentration and short-term memory. 
  • Improved self confidence and self esteem. 


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Are You Making This Exercise Mistake?

Most everyone is short on time these days so it’s important to avoid training errors that cost you time and results.  Are you making this one?

All, or most, of your strength training is done seated on machines.

Free weight and body weight exercises place a greater demand on your muscles to stabilize, control and balance your body and the weight you’re lifting. That forces you to work harder, burn more calories, and get better results.

Most machines work muscles in isolation and our bodies don’t work that way in real life.
When do we do this movement in real life?

* Works only one muscle at a time. 
* Machine is stabilizing her. 
* Not functional.


Monday, February 13, 2012

From The Raving Fans Dept. Of Body & Soul Fitness

 Michele Gegg

Body & Soul Fitness member since 2011


I just joined Body & Soul Fitness Studio at the end of 2011. I’m 46 and I'd never stepped foot inside a gym before.

Mickey makes you feel comfortable and there are no stupid questions. She talks to you about your goals and any issues (I had a broken ankle in the last 9 months) and then customizes a workout to suit your needs and to get you moving forward on the right path.

There's nothing intimidating or corporate feeling at Body & Soul. I feel completely at ease there and I'm actually excited about exercising for the first time in a long time. Call Mickey, meet her, and check out the facility. You'll be pleasantly pleased. I was !!!


Monday, February 6, 2012

Workout for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - Saturday, February 18th

My nephew Matt is heavily involved in raising money for sick kids through Penn State's THON. Like last year, on the same weekend as THON, I will be holding a Workout for St. Jude at Body & Soul to also help seriously ill kids.

So, mark your calendar and join me for a fun and challenging group workout session.

Spread the word among your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. I would love to be able to have enough people to warrant two sessions - one at 9:00 AM and one at 10:00 AM. Please help me make that happen.

Donation is $20 or $20 or more in sponsor donations. Sponsor sheets are available at Body & Soul Fitness Studio.

If you can't work out with us, please consider being a sponsor.

The workout will last approximately 45 minutes, including warmup and cooldown.

All fitness levels are invited. Exercises will be adapted or substituted, as necessary. Anyone 12 and older is welcome to participate.

It really helps if I have an idea of how many people will be attending so if you could let me know you’ll be coming that would be great. However, if you decide last minute that’s great, too. Raising as much money as possible is obviously the goal.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call me.

Mickey Glick
Body & Soul Fitness Studio
618 Columbia Avenue, Lancaster
(717) 509-7777

Plenty of free parking

All proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where no child is ever turned away due to parental inability to pay and no family is billed for services not paid by insurance.