Happy Earth Day, Everyday!

by on April 24th, 2017

Happy Earth Day, Everyday! From Leisure Fitness

Happy Earth Day, Everyday!!

In honor of Earth Day, we challenge you to try a different form of transportation that is beneficial for the environment, your health, and your wallet! Try biking or walking to work, the grocery store, or anywhere else today!

We live here, so we think every day should be Earth Day!

Benefits:
• Ditching your car for the day saves the environment from the pollutants it emits while running!
• Biking or walking instead of driving is a free and easy way to workout and burn calories!
• Physical activity from the commute will release endorphins, wake you up and make you ready to take on the day!
• On top of these benefits, you will save that is normally spent on gas!

Remember to Log Your Exercise with our Leisure Fitness Be Fit, Stay Fit Challenge Site & App!

#earthday #biking #walking #health #fitness #earthdayeveryday

Precor S3.45 Strength System

by on August 24th, 2016

2016-2-8_1bgThe Precor S3.45 Strength System helps you improve your strength conditioning more efficiently. Biomechanically designed to support good form and a full range of motion, the S3.45 provides dual resistance – resistance when your arms move outward and when your arms move inward – providing faster results.

KEY FEATURES

  • Upper Body Stations: Multi-purpose pulling station, pressing station
  • Lower Body Stations: Leg Extension, Leg Press (optional)
  • Back and Core Stations: Preacher curl / Roman chair station for back and core exercises.
  • Accessories Included: Ergonomic lat bar, 18″” chromed straight bar with rotating handle, ankle strap, ab/tri strap, and detailed exercise charts.
  • Dimensions: 117″ w X 78″ d x 83″ h
  • Weight: 1951 lbs

RESIDENTIAL WARRANTY

  • Frame: Lifetime
  • Parts (mechanical & electronic) & Wear Items: 10 Years
  • Labor: 1 Year

The Importance of Being Physically Active During Cancer Treatment

by on June 19th, 2015

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In the years past people who suffered from chronic illness like cancer were told by there physician to reduce their physical activity. In some cases reducing physical activity could be the right recommendation if they have limited mobility or excessive pain from their cancer treatments.

Physicians are now encouraging their cancer patients to be as physically active!

Too much rest can lead to loss of body functions and muscle weakness. The number one reason why people with chronic illness are not physically active is due to the over whelming amount of medicines/chemicals that are flowing throughout their bodies resulting in fatigue. But if you can manage and have the stamina to be physically active, studies have shown that your quality of life can improve. When most people hear the words exercise and physical activity they automatically assume lifting weights and that can be intimidating for some. But there are a variety of ways to increase your heart rate and work up a sweat through aerobic activities. Some activities include: taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking to lunch, walking the dog and even mowing the lawn. Typically, the goal should be at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three days or more (but please meet with your physician before starting a training program).

The benefits one can achieve through being physically active during cancer treatment can tremendous. Through physical activity one can maintain or lose that undesired weight. Another commonly forgotten benefit of cardiovascular exercise is improving your balance and strengthening your bones. Getting outside and being active can be a relieve stress and boost self esteem. Through exercise you can lower blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease. One of the biggest advantages of exercise during cancer treatment is the reduction in nausea. With a reduction of nausea your odds of being physically active will increase dramatically. This is a compiling effect. If you start working out it can reduce nausea and you will feel better thus wanting to be physically active.

A growing number of studies have looked at the impact of physical activity on cancer recurrence and long-term survival. Exercise has helped to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, body composition, fatigue, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, happiness, and several quality of life factors in cancer survivors. According to The American Cancer Society, “At least 20 studies of people with breast, colorectal, prostate and ovarian cancer have suggested that physically active cancer survivors have a lower risk of cancer recurrence and improved survival compared with those who are inactive”.
Before engaging in any physical activity one should consult their doctor and review their blood count. Medications from certain cancer treatments can affect your lungs and heart. Medications like bleomycin or doxorubicin can put you at risk for injury. One should take precautions before exercising, if you have low white blood cell count or take a medication that lessens your ability to fight infection then one should stay away from any public gyms. Do not exercise if the amount of minerals in your blood such as sodium and potassium are not at a safe level.

With the stigma of not being physically active during cancer treatment being debunked, one should consider the plethora of advantages you can achieve through being physically active during cancer treatment. Starting an exercise program can be a big task for an individual. Starting slow and building up your routine is essential. The key to introducing physical activity and exercise and begin your journey to become a more active and healthy person is to find activities you enjoy and look forward to so that you can improve your fitness and have fun!

By: Rich Schultz, Leisure Fitness Outreach Wellness Associate – Article written from my experiences

Reference:
Physical Activity and the Cancer Patient.

Leisure Fitness and Johns Hopkins Medicine – Partners in Wellness

by on May 11th, 2015

Leisure Fitness and Johns Hopkins Medicine - Partners in Wellness

Leisure Fitness provides quarterly health & wellness seminars for our wellness partner, Johns Hopkins Medicine! Providing health and wellness information is a critical initiative for Leisure Fitness. We are very happy to work with companies like Johns Hopkins that are helping and healing so many people.

Leisure Fitness Wellness Outreach Health Seminars

About Us – Leisure Fitness Wellness Outreach Program:
Leisure Fitness works with local organizations to support wellness events like health fairs and other health initiatives.
If you are interested in doing something to promote health & wellness for your organization – Leisure Fitness offers free Health & Fitness Seminar Series at your organization please Contact Us. No tricks or sales pitch, the seminars are accredited by the American Council on Exercise and are approved for Continuing Education Credits for Personal Trainers. The seminars are fun, informational, and motivational – we have a vested interest in creating a more health conscious country! Let us help get you started on your journey to a healthy and fit lifestyle!

We look forward to hearing from you!
Leisure Fitness – Wellness Team

#leisurefitness #wellness #corporatewellness

10 Reasons Why Your Workout Does Not Work…And How to Fix it!

by on February 24th, 2015

Leisure Fitness Corporate Wellness
Leisure Fitness Corporate Wellness Outreach Program presented the ’10 Reasons Why Your Workout Doesn’t Work…& How to Fix It!’ to Ashland Water Technologies in Wilmington, Delaware today! We are very happy to provide wellness support for the organization of such amazing people!

For more information about becoming a wellness partner & receiving our free support of your events and to receive free wellness seminars – Contact Us!

#leisurefitness #wellnessoutreach #fitness #corporatewellness #strength #fitness

New Jersey Education Association – Wellness Support by Leisure Fitness

by on February 13th, 2015

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Leisure Fitness was in attendance to support the New Jersey Education Association at the State & Regional Conferences on November 13, 2014! We are looking forward to continuing our partnership and support of the NJEA.

To become a Wellness Partner Organization (free) and enjoy our corporate wellness outreach through free wellness seminars, attendance at your health fairs, special discounts for your employees – please reach out to Anne Stephenson, Wellness Director, via email at AStephenson@leisurefitness.com
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#TBT NJEA Member Benefits Health Fair – 2014-9-24

by on February 12th, 2015

NJEA Member Benefits Health Fair in West NY
Anne Stephenson & Scott McLaughlin representing Leisure Fitness at the New Jersey Education Association member benefits health fair!
#home #wellness #fitness #leisurefitness #newyork #new jersey #tbt #tb

To become a Wellness Partner Organization (free) and enjoy our corporate wellness outreach through free wellness seminars, attendance at your health fairs, special discounts for your employees – please reach out to:
Anne Stephenson, Wellness Director, via email at AStephenson@leisurefitness.com
Contact Leisure Fitness Wellness Outreach

Instagram Contest – #befitstayfitlivewell Campaign!

by on September 12th, 2013

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Join the Be Fit, Stay Fit Live Well Campaign – post your images with the hashtag #befitstayfitlivewell to encourage others to exercise, eat healthy, and begin or continue their journey to a healthier lifestyle!

Leisure Fitness – The Fitness Equipment Store will give away a free Omron GO Smart Dual Axis Pocket Pedometer to the user with the fitness image with the most likes using hashtag #befitstayfitlivewell and please tag us @LeisureFitness.


1. On Instagram – Post your fitness, health, wellness related images showing how you’re staying healthy & fit!
2. Use the Hashtag #befitstayfitlivewell in the caption/comments of your image.
3. Tag Us @LeisureFitness in your caption/comments of your picture!
4. Like Us on Facebook

We will pick our favorite picture between now and the end of September.
You will be contacted via Instagram and we will give you a shout out once we hear back from you!



*Omron GO Smart Dual Axis Pocket Pedometer
Measures: Steps, Aerobic Steps and Time, Distance, Calories Burned, 7-Day Memory, Stores 42 Days of Activity, Clock, Resets at Midnight
Contents:
Pedometer, CD Rom & USB Cable, Holder Strap & Clip, Battery, Screwdriver, Instruction Manual
*Leisure Fitness T-Shirt!

Thank you for your support & your participation in the Campaign.

Yours in Wellness,
The Leisure Fitness – Wellness Outreach Team
#fitness #health #wellness #trainhard #commitment #exercise #fitgram #reachyourgoals

Weston Solutions Employee Health Fair

by on October 24th, 2012

Weston Health Fair

Weston Solutions held their annual health fair on October 11th, 2012. Leisure Fitness was proud to participate as part of the vendors. The company, committed to increasing overall health and wellness of employees, urged employees to participate in all health risk assessment stations. Employees were screened for bone density, blood pressure, vision, cholesterol, and pulmonary function. Additionally, employees visited vendors like The Paoli Chiropractic Group, Podiatry Care Specialists, Acac Fitness & Wellness Centers, and of course, Leisure Fitness Equipment.

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‘Be Fit, Stay Fit America’ Radio Show with Dr. Paul Kennedy

by on October 11th, 2012

Dr. Paul Kennedy with Be Fit Stay Fit America Radio Show

Introducing “Be Fit, Stay Fit America”  with Dr. Paul Kennedy, the Leisure Fitness Director of Wellness Outreach!

105.7 The Fan | Saturday’s at 7AM to 8AM | Starting October 13th, 2012!!

As an advocate for creating and maintaining wellness, Dr. Paul will take calls from listeners to discuss how to integrate fitness into you and your family’s daily routine. The new show will feature relevant fitness and wellness topics.

Listeners can call in to chat with Dr. Paul with questions, concerns, and general commentary.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – An Update

by on December 2nd, 2011

Dr. Paul Kennedy

It’s been nearly eight years since I addressed the relationship between exercise and a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD). It usually seems to happen around the holiday season but, indeed, can even happen in the spring and summer. It seems, perhaps, to be more apparent during the holidays because it’s supposed to be “happy time” with friends and family but may become exactly the opposite. Symptoms include agitation, anxiety, changes in appetite, lack of energy, lack of concentration and even depression. There are, of course, many “levels” of depression but SAD seems a bit more pervasive and difficult to define. Is it the holiday season that makes us feel this way? Are the many relatives and loved ones that drop in driving us crazy? Are we simply lonely because we DON’T have family nearby during this festive season that runs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day? It’s hard to say. But what we DO know is that regular exercise, for a variety of reasons, seems to help us cope a little better with all the pressures and expectations that the holidays can bring. Even something as a brisk, extended walk can be good for the heart in both physical and emotional ways.

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Heart Disease, Diabetes, Body Weight and Genetics

by on June 30th, 2011

Doctor Paul KennedyWe have known for years (decades really) that individuals that are overweight or obese are far more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes than those that are leaner or “skinny”. Clearly, there is much truth to that statement but some new genetic research has identified a gene known as IRS1 that is linked not only to having less body fat but, in addition, is linked to higher risk of heart

disease and greater chances of acquiring diabetes (Type 2). Many people always wonder what role genetics can play in a variety of diseases and conditions but the identification of this newly discovered genetic relationship is important.

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Obesity and Immune Response

by on May 27th, 2011

Doctor Paul Kennedy
I have written before that it is possible to be fit AND fat. If measurements of resting blood pressure, heart rate and blood lipids (fats in the blood) are within normal ranges, a person that is considered fat or obese by typical measures might still be considered healthy. Realistically though, these “healthy” signs or indicators are likely to occur in less than two out of ten people that are obese or considerably overweight. The real question has become whether people in the significantly overweight or obese category are more predisposed to certain diseases and “conditions” that might cause significant health problems and even premature death. For example, two of the top three causes of cancer are now considered directly related to inactivity and obesity. As a result, much of the discussion and research in recent years has turned to the immune system. And the news is not considered good.
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The Acid Test

by on March 1st, 2009

Most people don’t realize that our bodies have an optimal acid balance. One might remember from high school chemistry that it is possible to test almost any chemical substance for acidity or alkalinity using litmus paper. On a scale of 0 to 14, acids would show a pH less than 7 and a base (or alkaline) substance would have a pH greater than seven. A measurement of 7.0 is considered neutral. The human body when healthy normally scores in the range of 7.35 to 7.45 (slightly alkaline). Usually, saliva and/or blood are the testing material or substrate. Now that the chemistry review is over, it should be noted that as we age, the body appears to have more difficulty shedding excess acid. There are many downsides to this challenge

of aging in terms of disease prevention but one of the most disconcerting is increased bone loss.

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Stroke

by on February 1st, 2009

I have written many times about the number one and number two causes of death in the Unite States (heart disease and cancer). Of course, the focus was always about the fact that both the incidence and severity of these diseases were largely preventable and controllable with proper lifestyle habits related to diet and exercise. But a new study, published

last fall in the journal “Circulation” has shown that the condition known as a stroke “generally caused by an interruption or disruption of blood flow to the brain” clearly follows a similar pattern in terms of cause and prevention. As the number three killer of Americans (nearly 150,000 deaths per year), it is perhaps a good idea to review the findings of the above referenced study.

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Mitochondria — Part Two

by on December 1st, 2008

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three years ago, in January 2006, I wrote about the importance of exercise and weight loss with respect to the increase in the mitochondria of the cells (“Mitochondria-The Little Engines That Will!”). These mitochondria, as stated in the article, were just then being seen as an important part of any weight loss or weight management program. As it turns out, some new research has shown that this is, indeed, the case. In the most recent issue of my favorite nutrition periodical, “Nutrition Action” (published by the non-profit group The Center for Science in the Public Interest), the role of the mitochondria has been put into even clearer perspective. Usually, “Nutrition Action” rarely gets into the physiology of exercise and the components that contribute to weight management outside the realm of food rip-offs and diet control. However, it appears that the contribution of mitochondrial development as a result of proper exercise programs and its effect on “natural” and healthy forms of weight loss were too big to ignore.

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Diet and Brain Function

by on October 1st, 2008

I have written before about the obvious effects of diet and its relationship to various conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. The pervading factors in this relationship are usually high levels of fat (especially saturated fats) as well as excess calories. I’ve also discussed on some occasions the positive links between regular exercise and improved brain function. But the connection between diet and brain function is a little more tenuous and murky. Fortunately, some recent research has begun to show that there is a positive response by the brain (either reactive or proactive) to a proper diet that is lower in fat and calories – especially where it involves memory.

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The Wonderful World Of Research — Part Deux

by on November 19th, 2007

In a recent article in ”Nutrition Action” (2007,vol. 34, no.9) concerning the immune system response in children and its relationship to commercial vegetable and fruit drinks that had been supplemented with specific nutrients, a sub-text was uncovered that was related top a TOTW from last January (see TOTW, ”The Wonderful World of Research”). The January TOTW was about how ”research” is, many times, manipulated in a variety of ways so that specific foods or drinks are touted as ”essential” to good health and, in this case, a healthier immune system. Dr. David Nieman, one of America’s top health and nutrition experts, found that diet had less to do with a healthy immune system (in already healthy populations) than regular exercise. On the surface, that would seem like a perfectly reasonable, although unexpected, result of his research (Dr. Nieman is widely known and respected for his research accuracy and lack of bias) but there was a ”problem” with the results. It was not the accuracy of his results or even the experimental design of the project that caused the ”problem”—it was the angst of the company that PAID for the research. Why? Because the results did not match the results that the company was expecting since, as a producer of food and beverages, they were hoping to use the results in a subsequent advertising campaign centered on a healthy diet that included their own products.

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Myostatin – A Preview

by on November 5th, 2007

It wasn’t that long ago that myostatin was simply considered a small part of an amino acid chain. Few knew or even cared about this substance known as ”growth differentiation factor-8” or GDF-8. Its function histochemically is to control muscle growth. During the last year or so, photos of incredibly muscular dogs started to appear on the Internet. These dogs (mostly racing whippets) showed a muscularity that was freakishly large. The public, of course, assumed that a medication or supplement of some sort was being given to these animals to produce the hypertrophic muscularity. In fact, they were simply being bred to be more muscular by mating dogs that were identified genetically as ”myostatin deficient”. Some breeds of cattle are also bred in this manner to produce more muscle (i.e. meat). Ahhhhh, the wonders of DNA testing and experimentation.

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Lifestyle And Heart Disease

by on June 25th, 2007

In reviewing my notes on heart disease, I came across a study that was completed over two years and subsequently published in the journal ”Circulation”. What really caught my eye was the age of the participants in the study (middle aged to elderly), the length or span of the study (16 years) and the comparisons made concerning certain ”lifestyle” factors throughout the study. These ”factors” are the same ones that you have probably read about in this space before but it was great to see them analyzed collectively by unbiased researchers (the only sponsor was the American heart Association). So forgive me if it seems like I’ve suggested this ”stuff” before but suffice it to say, ”I told you so!”

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