5 Elements to Boost the Retention in Your Fitness Studio

Retention – the infamous “back door” that has plagued the fitness industry for decades – demands the attention of any studio that intends to stand the test of time. Here are five of the rules to live by in order to keep your studio’s members coming back – with smiles on their faces. 1. Understand the Cost of Retention vs. Acquisition Consider these three axioms of customer acquisition as opposed

Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis

A study published by researchers at the University of Utah in 1996 was the first to demonstrate clearly the benefits of exercise for people with MS. Those patients who participated in an aerobic exercise program had better cardiovascular fitness, improved strength, better bladder and bowel function, less fatigue and depression, a more positive attitude, and increased participation in social activities. MS is the most common neuromuscular disease affecting young adults.

Exercise and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a debilitating condition that affects roughly 1 to 3% of the general population. The syndrome is characterized by widespread muscle aches and pains, stiffness, fatigue and muscle spasms. Most people with fibromyalgia report difficulty doing everyday activities such as carrying objects, walking and competing ADLs (activities of daily living). Pain, fatigue, helplessness, psychological distress and difficulty coping with stresses plague many people with the condition. The exact causes

The Right Exercise

I have mentioned many times thus far, not just that exercise is the managing partner of integrative oncology, but I try to be really careful to say the right exercise. As much as exercise does hold the key to our magic kingdom of health within, there are contraindications, both in terms of prevention and recovery, and prevention of recurrence. To understand this, let me give you a very brief intro

Exercise and Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a painful condition in the joints of the hands, knees, hips and spine.  It affects millions of people throughout the world and is caused when the cartilage that cushions the joints wears down. There is no cure for this condition but there are some things you can do to strengthen your muscles around the joints. In turn, you may feel better overall. It is important to consult your

Five Tips for Training Clients with Parkinson’s and/or Multiple Sclerosis

When training clients with a neuromuscular disease such as Parkinson’s and/or Multiple Sclerosis there are many challenges.  The challenges can range from physical to emotional setbacks.  It is important to focus on the physical as well as mental capacity.  There are certain patterns associated with exercises that provide balance, core, flexibility, facial, and hand motor training, that keep the mind focused.  Below are five tips when working with clients who

Using Exercise for Stroke Rehabilitation

Recently we have been working very closely with several clients suffering brain injuries, severe movement dysfunction, and muscle loss caused from either accidents or strokes. The effects of these conditions can often be quite devastating and some people never regain the skills they had prior to the incident. Having said that, there are some that do recover and develop significant improvement in daily living tasks. Surprisingly, it can happen quite

Walking Can Improve Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Fibromyalgia is a chronic medical condition characterized by widespread pain that can sometimes include symptoms such as fatigue, memory problems, sleep disturbances and mood changes. It is believed that fibromyalgia affects the way your brain receives pain signals and causes pain sensations to be increased above normal levels. There is currently no cure for fibromyalgia and doctors are only able to try to treat the symptoms caused by fibromyalgia. Medications

Why Mobile Health Apps FAIL

What went wrong? Dr. Steve Feyrer-Melk reacts to a mobile health app that failed to gain adoption in this recent trial… My heart stopped. No way… Is this true? Is this even possible? Have I missed something in my work? Is mobile health off base? I read the title of the research paper again and again… “Lack of Adoption of a Mobile App … Analysis of Staff and Patients in a

What You Need to Know about Exercise and Diabetes

Do you have type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, or prediabetes? Then you need to know that exercise is a cornerstone in the management of all of these conditions, and it can benefit your health in so many ways. Sometimes, being active can actually make it more challenging for you to manage your blood glucose (“blood sugar”) levels, unless you learn more about its effects. I have always known at