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Golf Technology and Fitness: Bridging the Gap

Over the past 30 years, many gimmicks have hit the golf market all promising to increase your swing speed and efficiency off the tee. Likewise, in the golf fitness industry, there have been many advances to get your body in great shape and reduce your chances of injury on the Read more…

Free Chair Yoga Offered in Palm Desert

Bikram Yoga Plus Coachella Valley is offering free chair yoga classes to low-income seniors, 65 years and older. Seniors seeking to increase their mobility and positive outlook on life are encouraged to attend classes at the Palm Desert studio. No prior yoga or exercise experience is necessary. Chair yoga classes Read more…

The Role of Exercise in Modern Life

Many of us have taken steps to become a healthier, stronger version of ourselves this New Year by becoming more physically active. Some of us hit the weights, the yoga mat, the spin bike or the side walk, all of which are excellent options for getting in shape. For many Read more…

It’s Time to Play!

When was the last time you tried something new just for the fun of it? As we age, busy schedules – and often apprehension – can keep us from exploring new horizons and trying things a little out of our comfort zone. Such is the case with the latest craze Read more…

Why Do Athletes Use Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is becoming widely popular in today’s athletic world. Many professional, collegiate, and amateur athletes are utilizing the therapy to aid in faster recovery time and overall athletic performance. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and American Medical Association (AMA) approved medical treatment that Read more…

Shoulder Impingement: A Common Problem for Golfers

Shoulder injuries are very common with golfers because of overuse during the swing. This is due largely in part to poor mechanics, restricted motion due to muscle imbalances, and/or inflammation. In golf, which many do not consider an overhead sport, 30% of your swing is spent vertically elevated above 90 Read more…

The Tennis Player in Motion

Elite tennis players make it look easy and effortless. By comparison, those at the amateur level may display movement skills, strokes, and fitness that leave something to be desired. Tennis is a lifelong sport, and all players share a common desire to perfect their skills, and a drive to continue Read more…

The Many Benefits of Exercise Balls

The term “Swiss ball,” also known as the exercise ball, was made popular by U.S. therapists who first saw their use in physical therapy clinics in Switzerland. Actually, the balls originated in Italy when a toy manufacturer, Aquilino Cosani, first produced large vinyl balls in 1963. His Gymnastik™ balls were Read more…

Youth Athletes and Early Burn-out

Eager parents often come to me to train their son/daughter, only to find that there is no time for them to train due to their other sport commitments. Some of these athletes are playing more than one sport, but are doing so at the expense of their own health. Some Read more…

The Science behind Abdominal Training

Summertime is here and a large portion of the population strives to look their best in that new bikini or swim trunks. They work diligently all year to build muscle and confidence to display their fit midriffs. Thousands of crunches, leg raises and V-ups are done daily across the nation, Read more…

Improving “The Sway” in Your Swing

Golf makes many physical demands on the body. We therefore need to spend the necessary time conditioning ourselves so that we can play 18 holes day after day and not worry about pulling a muscle or incurring an even more severe injury. One of the top five problems that many Read more…

Summer Programs for Staying Active

Summer is settling in, and just because temperatures are heating up doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of fun ways to get fit! In addition to a number of indoor activities at the City of La Quinta’s Wellness Center, there are also options for staying active outdoors. For instance, have Read more…

Keeping Students, Faculty and Families Fit

Palm Springs’ Cielo Vista Charter School has opened a new community fitness center, thanks to a well-deserved $70,000 grant from the Desert Healthcare District (DHCD). In 2010, the school created a wellness program that went beyond traditional PE classes to teach students about healthy eating and lifestyles. The goal of Read more…

Golfers: Doing Crunches Might Get You Off Course

Developing a six-pack for abdominals seems to be the fitness craze for the New Year. A large percentage of infomercials focus on having a ripped mid-section, and while  this might be aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, it may not be very functional. Even though this article is primarily for golfers, Read more…

Motivation in Personal Trainer

At the start of 2015, I made a decision to start working with a personal trainer. As New Year 2016 approaches, instead of a new resolution, I am reflecting on the resolution set a year ago. Looking back, I realize that as a wellness decision, it has been one of Read more…

Geri-Fit® Program Comes to Palm Desert

Staying fit is important at any age, but when you are out of practice, getting back into an exercise regime can be intimidating – especially for seniors. Keeping it simple and fun can help, which is the concept behind Geri-Fit®, an evidence-based strength training program for older adults which is Read more…

Exercises After a Hip Replacement

Hip replacements are becoming more common these days as baby boomers begin to age. The everyday wear and tear on our joints catches up with us at some point, so when medicine, physical therapy and/or exercise don’t work and the pain interferes with our lives, it is time to fix Read more…

Training Female Athletes to be Strong and Stable

All females interested in, or currently participating in, workout programs need to consider themselves athletes. Having the ability to lift, push or pull weight under many different circumstances takes some skill. Some might not possess the ability to get into competitions or other endeavors, but you are still working out Read more…

Top 5 Supplements to Increase Strength

The fitness industry is flooded with supplements that claim to make you stronger. There are websites, magazines, books and of course, your friends to show you the way to more muscle. The problem is that many of these supplements are not healthy for the average gym guy and may even Read more…

Health & Fitness Festival for All Ages

Desert Health® is proud to sponsor the first annual Palm Springs International Health & Fitness Festival produced by Marlo Productions on November 13-15. This interactive event will offer festival goers the opportunity to take part in obstacle courses, yoga classes, educational lectures, paleo cooking classes, and so much more! Over Read more…

There is Always Someone Doing More

The concept of “grit” and “digging in” was the theme of my July/August article.  Further inspired by this theme, I successfully hiked Mt. Whitney in one day this summer.  This is the tallest mountain in the continental USA starting at an 8,000 ft. elevation and peaking at 14,505 over a Read more…

What is Pilates?

The Pilates Method is an approach in mind & body integration that was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. The fundamental principles focus on balance, concentration, control, centered awareness, fluid movements, and breath. Pilates enhances a core strength that increases flexibility, coordination and special awareness. The repertoire is performed Read more…

For Optimum Results, Have a Plan

When I go to the gym for a workout, I always have a plan or a specific goal for that day. As I wander around during rest periods, I can’t help but notice how most people aimlessly go about their workouts. They jump from machine to machine, not paying attention Read more…

Energy Drinks and Sports Supplements

In the last 15 years, a growing number of professional athletes have tried to remain competitive in their sport through the use of sports supplements and energy drinks. Unfortunately, this has trickled down to our youth. A national study done by the Kellogg’s Group in 2012 showed that 40% of Read more…

Maximizing Mornings: A Habit for Summer Success

A change now affecting us all is the onset of warmer desert temperatures which narrows the window of opportunity to enjoy outdoor exercise. Our habits must alter in response to the seasons, and a productive habit we desert dwellers can take at this time is to alter sleep and wake Read more…

La Quinta Wellness Center Serving All

In January, the former La Quinta Senior Center opened its doors to much fanfare as the new state-of-the-art La Quinta Wellness Center. Created for all ages, the amenities, traffic flow, and programming designed to feed mind, body and soul have lived up to expectations. 661 annual memberships have sold (with Read more…

What a HIIT!

In the fitness industry, the number of new programs claiming to help you shed those unwanted pounds is constantly increasing. One of the latest crazes is high intensity workouts designed to shed fat and build muscle. While these programs can be beneficial, one must be careful when choosing an exercise Read more…

No Excuses in the New Year!

Procrastination is the most serious real killer for those thinking about starting a new exercise program. We know that close to 85% of our most dreaded diseases could be prevented with appropriate lifestyle changes, including proper nutrition and regular exercise. These healthy lifestyle behaviors not only help prevent disease (and Read more…

The Gyrotonic® Method for Movement Through Life

The Gyrotonic® Method consists of two forms of activity ranging from simple floor exercises to sophisticated equipment. The practice was invented by Juliu Horvath, a former ballet dancer and competitive swimmer and gymnast who recognized the importance of developing inner strength to support muscular and skeletal health for life long Read more…

Climb Every Mountain

Women are often guilty of not making time for themselves – especially working women with families and full schedules. But few are busier than Linda Evans who recently added the title of Mayor of La Quinta to her resume. So I was surprised to learn that for the past five Read more…

Fitness Program Design Basics

Many people spend a great deal of time trying to get stronger and shed those extra few pounds only to hit a wall that inhibits their progress and discourages their effort. Many go to the gym 4-5x a week with high expectations of obtaining that beach body. They watch their Read more…

Five Golds for Palm Springs

The National League of Cities (NCL) has recognized Mayor Steve Pougnet and the City of Palm Springs with a total of five Gold Medals for completion of key health and wellness goals in Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). The targeted campaign is a major component of First Lady Read more…

Celebrating the Day of the Dead with Life!

Día de Muertos (“Day of the Dead”)  is a Mexican holiday observed around the world. The treasured celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2 and brings together family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have died. Holiday traditions include building private altars Read more…

A Journey to the NFL: Doing It the Right Way

There has been so much news lately regarding professional athletes abusing sports supplements and the legalities of steroid use. Many athletes resort to performance enhancing drugs not only to help put added distance on their drives or to score more touchdowns, but to help prevent or slow down injuries. There Read more…

Change It Up!

Did you know that you should change your exercise routine every 14 days? Engaging in a variety of physical activities is important. Your fitness routine should include aerobic, strength-training and stretching, and health benefits are gained by using muscles for extended periods of time. Some options include: 2 and a Read more…

You Are Never Too Old

Most older adults fear losing their independence more than they fear death. Those who want to maintain physical and emotional independence must engage in regular exercise, as proper exercise can help older adults prolong their independence. Unfortunately many seniors believe they are too old to start exercising. In fact, we Read more…

A Lifetime of Dreams Brings Home the Gold

In 2011 after eight years off the ice, professional figure skater and US Open Champion, J. Scott Driscoll walked into the newly opened Desert Ice Castle in Cathedral City and took a deep breath. He could see kids of all ages falling, laughing and attempting the challenging sport that saved Read more…

Get Up and Move, America!

For many Americans sitting is a way of life. 86% of us have desk jobs, and if you add to that the hours spent watching television, reading, playing board games and surfing the internet, it’s no wonder we suffer from back pain, low energy and increased weight gain.  When we Read more…

Renew, Restore, Revive

What is your ideal approach to relaxing and unwinding from your day? While each of us may have numerous approaches to relaxing, one technique to winding down is a healthy restorative yoga class.  Allow me to introduce to you true bliss.  Restorative yoga seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional Read more…

Kinesiotape™: A Cutting Edge Modality for Treating Injuries

If you were watching the 2012 Summer Olympics, you saw many athletes walking around with colorful tape applied to various parts of their bodies. Many were experiencing aches and pains, while others just needed a little protective security for muscular support. This trendy looking modality is called Kinesiotape™. In 1973, Read more…

Managing MS Through Movement

Lynne Risdon of Palm Desert has an energetic spirit and enthusiastic smile. She speaks with determination and grace and appears much younger than her 62 years. You would never know that Lynne has lived with the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis for 22 years. She attributes her fit condition to exercise Read more…

Advanced Rehabilitation After Back Surgery

When it comes to back surgery, you often hear stories of those who successfully recover and then others who never do. Certainly the type of surgery is a consideration; however, post-surgery rehabilitation is a key factor to regaining maximum potential after any type of back surgery. I’d like to share Read more…

Take on the Challenge TODAY!

The Coachella Valley Health Collaborative (CVHC) kicks off its 2014 Healthy Lifestyle Challenge March 1 with an upgraded app, and new City vs. City challenges already in place. Groups and individuals are encouraged to sign up at any time! In an effort to increase the ease of use, this year’s Read more…

Choosing an Exercise Program for You

It’s that time again! 2014 is ushered in, and all that holiday overindulgence has found a new home around your waistline. Guilt and the typical New Year’s resolutions lead many to sign up at a gym or contact a personal trainer to help them shed those unwanted pounds. Jumping into Read more…

The Middle Makes a Difference

When you have a headache, having your neck rubbed can help. When your low back hurts, stretching your hips often makes it feel better. But what about the area between your low back and neck? This area is referred to as the thoracic spine and is often overlooked. Yet it’s Read more…

Preparing for Menopause

Every woman experiences menopause differently. For some, it passes quickly and the symptoms are mild, while others experience aggressive changes that include hot flashes and mood swings. Weight gain and muscle loss are also common during this transformation. The good news is that exercise–before, during and after–can help stave off Read more…

Who Will Win “Best of the Best”?

While everyone who competed in the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge II (HLSC II) valley-side competition has triumphed, only one will be awarded the “Best of the Best.” Teams were formed, individuals signed up and the challenge began in April. By the end of July, millions of steps had been taken and Read more…

Fitness Q&A

Ask Mike: I am a female athlete who likes to strength train. I work out 5x a week, and my goals are to put on more muscle, cut down on fat, and have more energy throughout the day. I know I need to take supplements to lead a healthy lifestyle Read more…

Does Your Scale Reflect the Real You?

I don’t think mine does. My scale really doesn’t care that I am a great listener. It can’t define my purpose in life, or where I draw my personal strengths. My scale certainly cannot feel the love I have for my family or friends, or whether I am respected in Read more…

Understanding the Benefit and Risks of Steroids

In today’s fast paced society, many people are looking for ‘the quick fix’ to feel, look and be stronger. The market is saturated with supplements, pills, and products promising to add strength and years to your life. Athletes are often the ones to fall victim to those seductive claims. With Read more…

The Many Benefits of Strength Training

I have many clients who come to me wanting to lose weight quickly but don’t know how. They’ve tried dieting, aerobic exercise, even many of the fad exercise weight loss programs seen on TV. Nothing seems to work. What is often overlooked is that in order to lose weight, you Read more…

It Only Takes One Internal Champion

We are lucky to have a variety of fun and inspiring opportunities here in the Coachella Valley to get healthy, or to remain so. Sometimes it is more fun, and often more successful, to participate in an activity as part of a group working together to achieve a shared goal. Read more…

Age is Simply a Number

Erich Obst, 65 Erich is an 18-year Palm Desert resident who just completed the 2013 “Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.”  Known as one of the toughest competitions of its kind, Alcatraz consists of a mile and a half swim in the 51 degree waters of the San Francisco Bay (from ‘The Read more…

A Shower On The Go: Refreshing Action Wipes

Warm summer days are upon us and with them, more sticky sweat–not only working out, but while simply on the go. The Desert Health® team was recently introduced to a refreshing natural solution, Action Wipes. Made with select plant-derived essential oils like tea tree, eucalyptus, and frankincense, Action Wipes are Read more…

Sports Conditioning Camps: A Building Block for Healthy Habits

Over the past 20 years, our nation has become a computer-driven, sit-on-the-couch society. The urge to text a friend, write on your Facebook page, or play violent video games has become second nature for our children. Most schools across the country have either eliminated physical education classes past the tenth Read more…

Healthy Lifestyle Challenge II Starts April 1st

Get on your helmets and bike shorts and get ready to a race around the rolling hills of France! The Coachella Valley Health Collaborative kicks off its second 2013 Healthy Lifestyle Challenge April 1 – July 31 with the “Tour de France” Challenge. This virtual interactive challenge follows the 2011 Read more…

rotator cuff

Getting Out Of the Rough With Your Rotator Cuff

There aren’t too many golfers in the world that can say they haven’t experienced some sort of soft tissue injury as a result of playing golf. It comes with the territory, and even the pros routinely go out with soreness, sprains and tears. The number one golf-related injury is the Read more…

Kinetix

Golf Injuries: Why They Happen And How to Fix Them

Golf is a billion dollar industry. It is the fastest growing sport with very expensive equipment. The average golfer will practice or play 4 days a week, and spend several hours watching golf shows, videos and reading books to hit the ball a few extra yards. To further enhance their Read more…

Join the 2013 Healthy Lifestyle Challenge!

The Coachella Valley Health Collaborative kicks off its 2013 Healthy Lifestyle Challenge in January. Nearly 2,000 Coachella Valley residents participated in the collaborative’s 2012 Challenge recording more than 500 million steps (or 242,000 miles!). Participation doubled from the year before and is expected to increase significantly in the Challenge’s third Read more…

Fitness – Age Is No Excuse!

In our 20’s and 30’s, health and fitness are a priority. As we get into our 50’s, it often becomes less of a priority. This is a major issue facing society today. Healthy lifestyle and fitness is crucial to maintaining muscular and skeletal systems. Staying fit has been shown to Read more…

Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

The holidays are here. And what often comes with holiday cheer is not-so-joyful weight gain, fatigue, cold and flu. So how do we enjoy our favorite time of year and avoid the accompanying ails? Watch portion sizes. First of all, we can be conscious of how much we are eating Read more…

Golfers! Train Like Athletes

Most people don’t look at golfers as athletes, but when you break down the swing, the forces generated in hitting a golf ball are quite impressive. An average golfer will swing a driver at around 80mph, while a professional can reach 120-130mph. If the body isn’t sequencing correctly, then those Read more…

Where is the True Balance in Fitness?

Some fitness professionals will tell you that true balance is all about how much you exercise to feel good, while others will say it is based on your diet coupled with exercise – and then some will tell you that the true balance in fitness is achieved when stress reduction Read more…

Mike Butler

Active Release Techniques: Pain Relief and Improved Sports Performance

Picture being on the 8th hole with your friends playing one of your favorite desert courses on a warm sunny day, when all of a sudden you feel a sharp pain in your back from trying to sink an 18-foot putt. Holding your back and in obvious pain, you can’t Read more…

Finding Ultra

Why Every Athlete Should Do Yoga

Just the other day I was having dinner with an old swimming buddy of mine, Mark Henderson, a former world record holder and Olympic Gold Medalist at the Atlanta Games. In other words, a phenomenal athlete. Sure, we talked about swimming. Then our conversation turned (quite unexpectedly) to yoga. Mark Read more…

Jim Scott

Valley Athletes Compete in the ITU World Triathlon Series

This past May, the International Triathlon Union’s (ITU) World Triathlon Series was held in San Diego. Elite athletes from all over the world competed for international standings, and the final seats on the USA Olympic Team were awarded in both the men’s and women’s divisions. The competition was intense and Read more…

How Can Life Coaching Improve Fitness?

Life Coaching is a fairly new and rapidly growing industry. According to a recent article in USA Today, there are now over 10,000 certified life coaches nationally with programs designed for personal, business, diet, health and fitness. How does Life Coaching Work?  Life Coaching differs from traditional psychological counseling because Read more…

Kinetix

Cryotherapy: A New Meaning to “Icing Your Injuries”

There is a new therapeutic trend growing nationally, which could become very popular for the Desert’s summer residents. It involves whole body ‘chilling’ to relieve achy joints and bones. It’s called Whole Body Cryotherapy and it is as popular in Europe as massage is in the US. The science behind Read more…

Nik Obert demonstrates TRX, used as Total Resistance Exercise

Try TRX For Flexibility and Core Strength

In this issue I want to highlight a tool that is growing in popularity in the fitness community and helps people become stronger and more flexible – the TRX. I have the privilege of working with one of the only Certified TRX trainers in the desert, Nik Obert, so I Read more…

PICKLEBALL: The Fastest Growing Sport in North America

You may have heard of this crazy new game called “pickleball.” The US Pickleball Association (USAPA.org) calls the game a “highly contagious, progressive and incurable disease” and estimates that between 40-50,000 people worldwide are currently infected. “While rarely fatal, the disease has enormous positive impact on the lives of infected Read more…

Bodyweight Cardio

Let’s face it. If you want to get lean, or get “in shape”, you need to do cardio. The problem? Number one–it’s boring. Number two–It can hammer the joints. Running one mile is equal to 1500 plyometric reps… or hopping 750 times on each leg. Would you ever prescribe that Read more…

Keep Your Game On Course

There are now an estimated 23 million golfers in the U.S . alone. With a growth in sport popularity, and most golfers’ strong drive to improve, golf-related injuries are on the rise. Close to 60 percent of golfers experience sport-specific injuries every year. And whether the golfer is a professional Read more…

No Gym? No Problem! A 20-minute Fat Scorching Workout You Can Do at Home

Happy New Year!  With the holidays behind us, now is the time to get back on your fitness track. So I am providing a workout that can be done at home to get you started and help shed those holiday pounds. All you need is a pair of dumbbells and Read more…

Diabetes Prevention and Treatment: Are You Active Enough?

Diabetes Mellitus (or Diabetes) currently affects 25.8 million people or 8.3% of the American population. Of those Americans 65 and over, diabetes affects 10.9 million or 26% of the population and increases the risk of death by twice as much as those individuals without diabetes. Diabetes has been shown to Read more…

Jay Nixon works with Vicky Harrison on the Power Plate

Does Vibrational Training Really Work?

The technology of “whole body vibration” was first used by cosmonauts to combat muscle and bone loss caused by extended stays in zero gravity. Today it is used by professional sports teams, medical facilities, health clubs and fitness studios all over the world. There are many different types of vibration Read more…

Dr. Stephen Steele

Bouncing Back to the Game You Love

It really doesn’t matter how well you play golf. What matters most is that you are able to “play golf,” the game you love. Playing golf helps people feel good. My mother introduced me to the game and I was quite a competitor as a young adult. We played a Read more…

Desert Dwellers Take 125 Million Steps Toward Health & Fitness in Healthy Lifestyle Challenge

The Coachella Valley Health Collaborative just completed its first Healthy Lifestyle Challenge, in which hundreds of local residents participated. More than 573 desert residents took a combined total of more than 125 million steps and the equivalent of over 58,000 miles. A new challenge began on September 1st and the Read more…

Be Educated About Your Trainer

These days, more than ever before, people are seeking options and education to better themselves. We are educated or “trained” in a variety of areas, from computer applications to sports performance. This has made us better advocates for our own health and wellness. However, in the sports and fitness world, Read more…

The CrossFit Craze: Camaraderie, Competition…and Results

One of the latest fitness crazes to hit the country is CrossFit, a short, intense workout program that participants call “addictive.” A CrossFit gym resembles the muscle gyms of the 80’s; however, you are more likely to see 30 year old women and 60 year old men cheering each other Read more…

Death to LSD for Fat Loss: Why Long Slow Distance is Outdated

In the beginning of this great country, people got from point A to point B by horse and carriage. It worked well. It got the job done. A couple centuries later the automobile was invented and revolutionized the way people traveled. People were able to get to their destination in Read more…

Step Away From the Little Purple Weights

I was walking through the grocery store when I saw a little boy walking with his Mom. The boy wanted to be picked up, so without thinking twice, his mother, groceries in the other hand, scooped him up effortlessly. I was impressed. That boy must have weighed at least 60 Read more…

When is the Right Time to Start Training After Injury or Illness?

This question is one of sports medicine’s greatest challenges — how to get people back into action while allowing sufficient time for healing. What’s alarming is how often a “got to get back” mentality interferes with athletes who are recovering from an injury or surgery. In order to minimize the Read more…

The Benefits of a Personal Trainer

It’s that time of year when everyone thinks about finally getting into shape. If you are one of those people, then I recommend hiring a personal trainer for the following reasons: Greater Results, Less Time A personal trainer is educated in fitness with a greater understanding than the average person Read more…