How to End Back Pain Now

Back pain is one of the main reasons people go to a doctor and miss hours at work. In fact, back pain has a tremendous influence on business and productivity. A recent report done by the Institute of Medicine calculates the loss of productivity annually between 297.4 billion and 335.5 billion dollars. This astronomical cost is due in part to lost hours of productivity due to pain, as well as lost days of work. But that perhaps pales in comparison to the human cost of back pain.

An individual with back pain is suffering. And that suffering can be caused by a plethora of issues, including but not limited to disc issues (bulging, herniated), arthritis, and sciatica. So how do we end the bleeding of money and time, and stem the flow of ongoing pain? Continue reading How to End Back Pain Now

Member Stories: Mike Sendelbach, from Road Warrior to Group Ex Class Enthusiast

We’re extremely proud of our members. Over the years their work out agendas and sporting endeavors serve as healthy examples of how it feels to be “Elite,” and how exercise not only adds years to your life, but life to your years! Today we’d like to highlight another member’s experience:

My family has been active at Brookfield Elite since we moved to Wisconsin in the mid-1990s. Those of you that know me have witnessed the ebbs and flows of my exercise routine. In my business life, I am a road warrior. I average about 150 flights and 180 hotel nights yearly. The work is exhilarating, exhausting and all consuming. Continue reading Member Stories: Mike Sendelbach, from Road Warrior to Group Ex Class Enthusiast

Are Fast Food Meal Deals Worth It?

You see them all the time, advertisements for some deal or special at a fast food restaurant. Whether it’s “2 for $2,” or “4 for $4,” or even “5 for $4” it’s easy to wonder if these meals are actually worth the few dollars you’ll spend on them. After all, it’s just a quick lunch or dinner, you don’t do this all the time, and now they have “new healthier options!” (Insert jingle here.)

Let me help you navigate a few of the options out there from some popular local fast food restaurants, and we’ll see if making your wallet (and hectic schedule) happy is worth the couple bucks (and couple hundred calories).
Continue reading Are Fast Food Meal Deals Worth It?

How to Increase Work Productivity

Everyone knows that feeling. It’s 2 o’clock on Tuesday and you already feel like you need to be done for the day. You’re exhausted, un-motivated, and no amount of coffee can get you back on the road to productivity. But that’s just it—coffee isn’t the answer.

Exercise is.

Exercise obviously has tons of benefits. Helps lose weight, keeps you fit, workout clothes are really the only comfy clothes. But exercise can really help you take on your work day and even lead to better productivity. Continue reading How to Increase Work Productivity

Mid-Afternoon Snack Ideas to Kick that “2:30 Feeling”

By Rita Larsen, RDN; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

During the course of our Team Weight Loss Challenge program, questions have come in from participants as to the best foods as snacks to include in their plan during the six week event. I thought I would share their comments and questions with you, in particular this one about snacking in the afternoon at work. Continue reading Mid-Afternoon Snack Ideas to Kick that “2:30 Feeling”