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FitnessThe 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…

FitnessYouth 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…

FitnessThe 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…

FitnessImproving “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…

FitnessSummer 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…

FitnessKeeping 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…

FitnessGolfers: 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…

FitnessMotivation 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…

FitnessGeri-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…

FitnessExercises 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…

FitnessTraining 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…

FitnessTop 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…

FitnessHealth & 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…

FitnessThere 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…

FitnessWhat 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…

FitnessFor 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…

FitnessEnergy 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…

FitnessMaximizing 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…

FitnessLa 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…

FitnessWhat 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…