National Women’s Health Week, which runs May 12th -18th, is a campaign by the Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health to raise awareness about women’s health issues. NWHW promotes 5 steps for women to improve their physical and mental health, including preventive health screening, healthy eating, sleep and stress management, and regular exercise. The health club is a safe, social, and supportive environment providing numerous resources to help women get active and adopt healthier habits.
Wow! How could we ever describe yesterday at our Mequon club?! We were lucky enough to host a 5-time U.S. Olympic swimmer & 12-time medalist. Dara Torres was not only extremely friendly, but also very informative! She was quick to share her experiences as an athlete training for the Olympics as well as a mom training for LIFE.
Even Elite owner, Kay Yuspeh got in on the action. A quick chat with Dara, and it was like they were old friends! We were so lucky & pleased to have such an accomplished athlete visit one of our clubs, opening herself up to our members for photos & autographs after the Koss media event was over.
Now that everything is all said & done, it makes us wonder what can the “average joe” learn from a star athlete like Dara Torres? As Dara made us realize, it’s not just about pushing yourself physically, but also mentally (and music is a great way to help you do that!) She also stressed varying your workouts. As an Olympic swimmer (and now), she didn’t just spend all of her time in the pool, she used the elliptical, she would spin, and of course incorporate strength training. It seems as if Dara finds great motivation in music, which makes her partnership with Koss very fitting. But who doesn’t LOVE music?! So, what songs really get you pumped up for your workouts…maybe even feeling like an Olympian yourself?
Oh! And not to get too much of an ego, but here’s a video of Dara telling us how much she loooved Elite Sports Clubs!
And here’s what the rest of the world thought of Dara, her new headphones & the spin class at Elite Sports Clubs.
What I want to share with you however is what she said when I asked for her favorite memory from her Olympic career. When she was young, she just wanted to win but as she kept coming back for more Olympics, her mission became broader. (From JSOnline, read more.)
The champion swimmer, who helped design the headphone line, was at the front of a spinning class of reporters, fitness bloggers, models and other women as they tested out the product in action Wednesday at Elite Sports Club in Mequon. (From BizJournals, read more.)
Five-time U.S. Olympian and 12-time medalist Dara Torres will be at the club to help announce her new line of headphones for women that she is co-designing with the Koss Corporation, the Koss Fit Series.
All Elite members and their friends are invited to this special day. Fans can meet the most acclaimed swimmer in U.S. history and get pictures and an autograph. Attendees can be the first to purchase the Koss Fit Series Headphones, win both headphones and memberships to the club, and much more.
The event is free to public Wednesday, May 8th, 2:30-4:30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity! For more information, visit www.koss.com
Hope to see you there! But have no fear, if you can’t make it, stay tuned for an event wrap up!
May 1st embarks the first day of the month-long journey known as Exercise is Medicine® Month. This is the time for you, your family, co-workers, friends and others to advocate and promote physical activity as a lifestyle change.
There is no question that regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do to keep your body healthy and strong. In fact, a large body of research confirms that performing moderate-intensity physical activity on a regular basis can help you live longer and reduce health problems. In fact, people who exercise can avoid many common health issues, including obesity and high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Exercise also strengthens the muscles and bones, which can reduce your risk of osteoporosis as you grow older, and may even lower the risk of many diseases, including diabetes, stroke, heart disease and some cancers. Regular physical activity improves sleep, increases energy, lowers stress levels and helps you maintain your independence. As a healthy adult, the key for you to maximize the benefits of exercise is to find activities you really enjoy and to follow a well-designed program that you can stick with over the long-term.
Talk with your healthcare practitioner before starting an exercise program and ask for specific programming recommendations.
The goals of your program should be to improve cardiovascular fitness, increase muscle strength and endurance, and improve range of motion.
If you are new to exercise, choose low-impact activities such as walking, cycling or water exercises, which involve large muscles groups and can be done continuously. Fitness classes geared toward beginners also are a good choice. If you’ve been fairly active until now, however, you can choose from a wide range of activities, including running, swimming, boot camp classes and sports like tennis or basketball. The key is to find something you love so you’ll stick with it over time.
If your fitness level is low, start with shorter sessions (10 to 15 minutes) and gradually build up to at least 30 minutes on most, if not all, days of the week. If you are trying to lose weight, try to increase the amount of time you exercise to 60 minutes per day—research suggests this will help you shed unwanted pounds.
Perform some type of strength training and whole-body range-of-motion exercises two to three days per week. This could include circuit training, high-intensity interval training, traditional strength training and even yoga.
End each session with stretching exercises for the whole body. Consider taking a yoga or tai chi class for both flexibility and mind-body benefits.
Closely monitor your intensity level and stay within your recommended target heart-rate zone. Take frequent breaks during activity if needed.
Wear good-fitting, activity-appropriate shoes and comfortable clothing, and don’t forget to drink fluids before, during and after your activity to avoid becoming dehydrated.
If your fitness level is low to begin with, start slowly and gradually increase the length and intensity of your workouts.
Stop exercising immediately if you experience any pain or shortness of breath. Contact your physician if you experience chest pain, labored breathing or extreme fatigue.
Your exercise program should be modified to maximize the benefits while minimizing your risk of injury. Consider contacting a certified fitness professional who can work with you to establish realistic goals and design a safe and effective program that addresses your specific needs.