Health in Corporate America for Profit and Productivity

September 14, 2008

Foreword: As a Fitness/Nutrition/Solutions Consultant I interview top professionals and write educational, entertaining articles that are hopefully thought provoking for my readers.

 In a rush to satisfy job requirements, do you think you ate some quick, unhealthy snacks that may have left you lackadaisical? Could it be that you love your job, but may wish that you had a higher income and could work fewer hours?

Or is everything wonderful, but you may not be sure if you have health insurance that would cover the upcoming doctor and physical therapy bills?

The employment statistics suggest that people are turning to self -employment more than they were a decade ago and fewer employers are offering healthcare coverage. According to the U.S. Census Bureau for Health Insurance, 47 million Americans are without health insurance and young adults are the fastest growing uninsured population. It is time to think about preventative health.

Just as on a job an employee is to be prompt, prepared, and productive, when it comes to one’s health everyone should be prompt, prepared, and preventative.

Being health preventative and productive with profit is a doable combination in Corporate America and below one can find out.

Rule # 1: Biofeedback Without Barriers.

Any great athlete can explain the monumental wins from biofeedback and mental preparation including Michael Jordan, Greg Louganis, Tiger Woods, and Venus Williams. Sports or business, one must think about what they want to have happen regularly and let the thoughts go from awareness to actions. You have to have a vision before going on a mission. Many times I thought of how I wanted things to be and before I knew it everything happened and it was normally better than what I dreamed. I would have to keep pinching myself!

"Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that." – Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Rule # 2: Eat Smart to Think Smart.

Getting rid of soda pop and enriched, bleached white flour products alone, I see 50% increased energy level and productivity with my personal clients and not to forget to mention weight loss! If it is white, don’t bite! The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an almost 5 percent annual growth rate for food eaten at home. People might be pinching pennies for cheaper food, but don’t get cheap with your health. Your health is everything. Smart shopping can keep one healthy and save money. During a tough time in ’02, I was able to keep my grocery bills under $70/month and spend no more than $30/month at restaurants. By making large quantities that can be frozen or refrigerated and buying good proteins to consume, one can save money and stay healthy as I did. My favorite is making a huge bowl of fresh salad and adding fish to it to eat during the week! Certain dishes including chili, lasagna, pasta, and soups are other foods that can be made in large quantities and gobbled throughout the week.

Key nutrients that can keep one smart and healthy include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Omega 3 Fatty Acids – imperative for mental and heart health found in salmon, tuna, and nuts

2. B vitamins – maintain mental skills and keep depression at bay also found in salmon and nuts, as well as chicken breast, avocado, banana, broccoli, orange juice, baked potato with skin, spinach, black-eyed peas, garbonzo beans, lentils, pinto beans, and spaghetti

3. Vitamin C – strengthens immune system and can be found in all citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, and green peppers.

* These vitamins are also known to prevent heart disease, certain cancers, and stroke.

Rule # 3: Fitness for Richness.

Some people might think of fitness and associate it with sweat, long-enduring workouts, pain, perserverance, and muscle aches. On the contrary, obtaining fitness can be about taking just 5-minutes to exert muscles in multiple movements. Fitness at the workplace could be about taking a few deep breaths of deep breathing, taking the stairs, performing a few moves of chair yoga, and walking brisk intervals around the office with a few final stretches.

In any event, studies show exercise has a direct benefit to alertness and keeping stress down on the job. One easy and beneficial "belly-breathing" exercise called Tortoise Breathing is S-L-O-W and known to help with alertness, better concentration, and stronger immunity and it is easy to do on the job! Just take a minute and try Tortoise Breathing below:

1. Stand or sit without slouching. Inhale slowly so that your chest, diaphragm, and lower abdomen expand.

2. Exhale slowly so that your chest, diaphragm, and lower abdomen contract.

3. Finally, begin timing your breathing for one minute: an inhalation and exhalation count together as one breath. Goal 2 – 4 breaths a minute. Typically people just starting out take 8-12 breaths a minute. Combine biofeedback with this breathing exercise and you will be on your way to better health, profit, and productivity!

* Taking preventative health measures has been a proven success with one of the most stressful jobs of that of a Deputy Sheriff of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida.

Corporal Pat Reilly, Wellness Coordinator for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office knows how preventative health measures work wonders for employees on and off the job and he starts by saying, " With the inherent risks connected to Law Enforcement, individual health and fitness may be the difference in winning or not winning a confrontation. A regular exercise program is proven to reduce health care expenses, limit work time missed due to illness, aid in recovery time from injury or illness, improves sleeping habits, impacts performance and daily activity, etc. These are some of the obvious benefits of becoming and staying involved with any Wellness program."

Corporal Pat Reilly seen in front of  the state of the art Fitness Center located at the main Sheriff’s Office complex in Orlando where Group Exercise classes include Indoor Cycling, Abdominals, Yoga, Self Defense – Jui Jitsu and Aikido.

Corporal Pat Reilly seen in front of the state of the art Fitness Center located at the main Sheriff’s Office complex in Orlando where Group Exercise classes include Indoor Cycling, Abdominals, Yoga, Self Defense – Jui Jitsu and Aikido.

Corporal Pat Reilly, Wellness Coordinator, has over 1,000 fitness center users a week in a wellness program and he says, "The most applicable benefit of our preventative health and exercise programs is the overwhelming physical fitness gains observed and documented by employees participating in our Diagnostic Fitness Assessment Testing program also known as "The Program FDS". We have developed a digital, diagnostic testing program which gives a participant immediate readings of Body Composition, Flexibility, Upper Body Strength and Lower Body Strength assessment testing. This 5 minute assessment program keeps our personnel ‘connected’ mainly because of the ‘awareness’ and ‘comparison’ factors attached to The Program. Employees immediately see health and fitness gains as well as allowing them to learn of negative gains before "slip-ups" have disappointing effects."

Orange County Sheriff Exercise Room

Orange County Sheriff Exercise Room


Preventative Health in Corporate America is clearly the proven way to go for TOP profit and productivity!

**If you are an employer or individual that needs a preventative health solution, contact the Fitness/Nutrition/Solution Consultant for a Recommendation at

Turn Aches and Pains into Fitness Gains with Advanced Vibration Technology

February 24, 2009

By: Alicia Weber, B.S., CFT, CWT, CN, CSMT, SPT


The year was 1960. The Soviet Aerospace Program installed top-secret, cutting-edge technology to combat weakening effects of zero gravity termed “Advanced Vibration Technology.” Unlike the U.S. Space Program, which was mostly open and made public, the Soviet Space Program was secretive and public announcements were only made after success was achieved. The Soviet’s Sputnik 1 launched on October 4, 1957 beat the U.S. and stunned people world-wide, accelerating the Soviet Space Program to new measures as they entered the 1960’s. The Soviets rocketed to new heights with many “firsts” in the ’60’s.

In 1961 Gherman Titov of Vostok 2 became the first person to spend one full day in space and the first person to sleep in space. In 1963 Valentina Tereshkova of Vostok 6 became the first woman in space.
Valentina Tereshkova orbited earth for 3 days in this space vehicle.

Valentina Tereshkova orbited earth for 3 days in this space vehicle.

In 1964 the Soviets had the first multi-crew (3) in space on Voskhod 1. In 1965 the Soviets had the first probe hit another planet (Venus) on Venera 3. These long-duration-in-space first achievements were made possible for the Soviet Cosmonauts by utilizing Advanced Vibration Technology for their health. Strength training, cardiovascular training, flexibility and balance were all possible and maintaning and increasing bone density wasn’t an issue for the Soviet Space Program, since they had the machine that did it all! The Soviet Cosmonauts claimed that their Advanced Vibration Technology machine was responsible for allowing them to stay in space for over 400 days, more than 3 times as many days as the U.S. Astronauts were able to stay in space!


Gherman Titov of Vostok-2

Gherman Titov of Vostok-2

Just as the Soviets were slow to discuss success, they were very slow in revealing the machine that was so beneficial. It wasn’t until 1999 when the term “Advanced Vibration Technology” got into mainstream fitness. Then, experienced fitness trainers were able to adapt advanced techniques from elite athletes to the elderly and help thousands of people combat debilitating health effects in an effortless, non-invasive way. Dutch Olympic trainer Gus Van Der Meer is said to be responsible for bringing the technology to the fitness arena. The Advanced Vibration Technology machinery was developed and first used in the 1960’s by Russian Scientist Vladimir Nazarov.

One Machine can do it all – remove fat cells, strengthen bones, enhance the cardiovascular system, improve blood circulation, tone muscles, improve balance, increase flexibility, and burn up to 350 calories in 10-minutes!

Watch the One Machine in Action that Can Do It All Here:

The Advanced Vibration Technology equipment and training regimen is vastly recognized in Europe and beginning to spread in the states, starting with the West Coast. Top doctors like Dr. David Williams of Texas utilizes Advanced Vibration Technology several times a week and sees remarkable health benefits. Celebrities including Brad Pitt, Madonna, Claudia Schiffer, and Natalie Imbruglia workout with Advanced Vibration Technology. Madonna claims that it is Advanced Vibration Technology that gives her incredible shapes. Sports celebrities from the PGA tour pro golfers to the Chicago Bulls to the Green Bay Packers and many other pro athletes endorse Advanced Vibration Technology as a way to enhance sport performance.

As a pro athlete and strength and endurance World Record Holder, I can say that when I do Advanced Vibration Technology workouts, I know I am working fast and slow twitch muscle fibers simultaneously and getting much faster muscle contractions than I would ever get weightlifting or doing calisthenics. The whole body will vibrate, which stimulates the primary endings of muscle spindles. Then, alpha-motor neurons are activated resulting in muscle contractions multiple times per second. Strength and endurance are increased, which are imperative for postural stability. One of my clients that had trouble with balance noticed an immediate increase in balance, while doing one-legged squats on the machine – an exercise that would normally leave her wavering, but not anymore.

The machine with Advanced Vibration Technology has the scientific research to prove that it stimulates bone growth, increases bone mineral density, and helps battle against osteoporosis.

Micky, a client that hasn’t been able to do regular exercise in 4-months from pain associated with a hair-line fracture in her hip, is back to exercising due to this incredible machine and proper exercise instructions for her conditions. After Micky’s first workout on the machine she exclaimed, “I can’t believe how one effortless 10-minute workout on the machine has helped me so much! Now, I have absolutely no pain at all! Prior to my first session, instant pain was in my sacroiliac as soon as my feet go on the floor. Walking was very hard and painful. I tried to go line dancing and that was a big mistake. I had pain all day, everyday. There were no two ways about it, I was in constant pain. I workout on the machine under the direction of Alicia Weber and it is effortless. I have no stiffness. My pain is gone. I didn’t expect to get the results I got. I am very surprised! There is gain without pain when you do exercises on the machine with Advanced Vibration Technology! I do a 10-minute workout once a week with Alicia on the machine and I see phenomenal results and I feel great.”

According to “Components of postural dyscontrol in the elderly: a review” in Neurobial Aging 1989, “Advancing age is associated with impaired postural stability due to deficits in sensory function, central processing, neural pathways for motor control and musculoskeletal integrity.” Advanced Vibration Technology is an anti-aging tool. Advanced Vibration Technology utilizes the principle stated by Sir Issac Newton: force of an object is equal to its mass multiplied by acceleration, or f = m x a

One can improve functional force (stability, power, strength, and endurance) by either applying more mass or more acceleration to the body. Advanced Vibration Technology is also known as Acceleration Training in the health field since it applies acceleration to the body, while keeping mass (your body weight) the same. The cutting-edge training method allows 10-minutes of Advanced Vibration Technology A.K.A Acceleration Training = 1 hour of a gym workout. In addition, Advanced Vibration Technology avoids high impact and the possibility of aches and pains unlike a gym workout.

Advanced Vibration Technology training is not recommened for pregnant women, people with pacemakers, people with joint replacements, or people with epilepsy.

You can contact Alicia Weber to make an appointment for an Advanced Vibration Technology workout if you are in Central Florida. She also hosts free educational events where people can try the innovative machine. She can be reached at or call 352-874-4363. You may also visit Alicia online at


A Surprise Visitor Makes Waves with Raving Fans!

January 17, 2009

Do you take a health supplement or vitamin that you find makes a big difference in your health and energy level?  One new supplement is making waves and raving fans across the globe for its RESULTS!  I keep hearing the same positive news no matter what body of water people are by…People with arthritis are being relieved from their aches and pains.  Those that are without aches and pains find  this supplement helpful in enhancing athletic performance and preventing arthritis.

Find out what people are raving about in this short  2 min show:

“A Surprise Visitor in Huntington Beach, CA”



The New Celebrity for the Omega Fatty Acids!

October 28, 2008

Word is out about the wonders of Omega Fatty Acids! We know that the chemical structures of Omega Fatty Acids are needed to maintain cellular health and prevent inflammation and diseases in the body. Since the body doesn’t produce these nutrients, we have been supplementing with any of the following:

1. Essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Fish (e.g. trout, salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel, herring, tuna, and cod).

2. Essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Fish oils containing potent omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA)

3. Sources of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (other than fish): avacodos (whole or oil), flaxseed, Brazil nuts, flaxseed oil, hemp seeds, hempseed oil, fortified milk products, Omega-3 Eggs, pumpkin seeds, soybean oil, sesame seed, walnuts, wheat germ oil

4. Cooking oils known for Omega-6 Fatty Acids include safflower, olive oil, sunflower, hemp, soybean, sesame, pumpkin, walnut, and flaxseed oils.

*The American Heart Association cautions against a high dietary intake of Omega-6 Fatty Acids. Experts recommend a ratio of three parts Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids to every one part Omega-6 Fatty Acid.

The above list of omega fatty acids probably looks familiar, but one new omega fatty acid is in a class by itself. This particular omega fatty acid is nothing new to the New Zealand fishermen. The New Zealanders have been eating it for years and know of its anti-inflammatory benefits all too well. The Maori people living along the New Zealand coast would rarely get arthritis and they would eat this particular omega 3 fatty acid regularly. The Green-Lipped Mussel (Perna Canaliculus) is the omega 3 fatty acid the New Zealanders have come to love! In recent years, the green-lipped mussel has been out on a ‘preventative healing entourage’ and making headlines for its healing qualities. By the end of November 2008, this green-lipped mussel will be world-renown as a New Zealand CEO releases a green-lipped mussel product that will enhance health and wellness like never before!

For now, we can just eww, ahh, and applaud this green-lipped mussel for its highly potent and effective omega 3 fatty acids that are up to 480 times more effective than other omega-3 fatty acids! Many research studies have indicated that the green-lipped mussel has 158 times more anti-inflammatory effectiveness than Fish Oil EPA!

The Green Lipped Mussel has been found to have beneficial effects in relieving the pain, inflammation and symptoms associated with:

Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease)

Rheumatoid Arthritis


Ankylosing Spondylitis

Sports Related Injuries

Lyme Disease

Inflammatory Skin Conditions

Connective Tissue Repair

I will conclude with my green-lipped mussel discussion for now, but check back at the end of November to learn about the grand opening green-lipped mussel product! For more info, Contact Alicia a Nutrition Consultant at

Strengthen Your Hip Joint!

October 22, 2008

Patrick Henry said,”Give me liberty or give me death.”

You can let freedom ring after a hip replacement – if you are one of the 300,000 annual hip replacement patients in the US! Or if you just want to keep a healthy hip, learn some exercises that are sure to keep you hip and hop!

The hip joint has three degrees of freedom, which means that it moves in three different planes: the sagittal plane: flexion/extension; the frontal plane: abduction/adduction; and the transverse plane: external/internal rotation.

Don’t let the doctor keep you in stitches on the “hipnotic” battlefield – learn to strengthen the hip joint and laugh your way into old age! Shake your left leg, take two steps then throw a left hook out of left field as you perform fundamental movements from the hip joint.


A Normal Hip Joint

A Normal Hip Joint

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint between the head of the femur and the socket of the pelvis. The hip has a joint capsule, which is a flexible sac around the joint allowing multiple movements such as the following (from a standing position): flexion – forward leg movement; extension – backward leg movement; abduction – leg moves away from sides; adduction – leg moves toward other leg; internal rotation – toes pointing toward each other; and external rotation – toes pointing away from each other. Avoid excessive flexion, adduction and internal rotation of the hip for the first six weeks after a hip replacement surgery. General info for patients with hip replacements include not bending the hip beyond 90 degrees, not bringing legs and knees together (adduction, internal rotation), and not crossing legs (adduction). The first task is easing patients into weight bearing exercises such as walking. For people without a hip replacement, their walking can tell a lot about their hip health.

An Unhealthy Hip Joint

An Unhealthy Hip Joint


Walking transfers body weight from hip joint to hip joint. Walking is divided into two phases, which include the stance phase, where one leg is standing on the ground; and the swing phase, where one leg is off the ground swinging forward to make the next step.

During the swing phase of a walk, the toes are prevented from hitting the ground because the gluteus medius on the stance side contracts, tilting the pelvis upward and lifting the leg clear of the ground.

A weak gluteus medius causes the pelvis to dip downward during the swing phase. The gluteus medius can be weak due to either an L5 nerve root lesion in the spine, proximal myopathy (muscular dystrophy, hip osteoarthritis) or congenitial hip deformities.

Calculations have been made using vector diagrams during the stance phase of walking. They show that four times the body weight is applied to the load-bearing surface of the hip joint. Therefore, being overweight places an increased burden on the hip joints, leading to premature osteoarthritis. Throw ideas of osteoarthritis out the window and start losing weight and strengthening the hip in rewarding workouts!

Strengthening and gaining flexibility in the hip joint should be a priority through proper conditioning and balance training. Flexibility can be gained by stretching out one leg while standing on the other, then bending the outstretched leg 90 degrees.

Strengthening can be achieved by looping a Thera-Band loop around the ankles and alternating mini squats for 30-60 seconds. A balance exercise can be achieved by standing on one leg for 30-60 seconds.

Beware of hip joint red flags! Some of the red flags are at half mast when there are some of the following casualties to the body: pain and swelling, pain when bearing weight on lower extremities, and discomfort or inability to sleep on the hip.

Exercises can prevent the red flags when they form good conditioning habits and utilize cross training. Patients with hip replacements can build strength comfortably through cross training in the water. Therapeutic water training is the best form of exercise for gaining flexibility and range of motion, especially in patients with a concern for their hip joint health. Anyone with a goal of increasing their hip joint degrees of freedom can have an effortless return of hip advancements in water training.


Alicia Weber is an Aquatic Therapist that offers personal & group sessions in Central Florida.  Contact her at 352-874-4363 for a FREE Consultation or to set up an appointment.

Alicia Weber is an Aquatic Therapist that offers personal & group sessions in Central Florida. Contact her at 352-874-4363 for a FREE Consultation or to set up an appointment.






Coordination Takes Some Practice

October 12, 2008

A rabbit asked the turtle if it could hurdle. The turtle had to ‘think’ if it must use its shoulder girdle.

Coordination is a thinking process which combines harmonious movements. Coordination is synchronization of muscular movements after the muscles receive signals from the brain.

A decline in coordination can be related to lack of nutrition or not using certain skills, unless one has a disease that affects coordination such as multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, or cerebral palsy.

A giraffe’s movements become awkward as it bends and turns its elongated neck. In people, head turning, reaching, and crawling are innate movements, but other movements, such as balancing on one foot, must be conditioned through reflexes and response.

It takes great effort to bend over!

It takes great effort to bend over!

According to the 1997 edition of Exercise Physiology for Health, Fitness, and Performance, a reflex is a rapid, involuntary response (hitting your knee with a rubber mallet) that results in a specific motor response (getting a leg jerk), with that response being dependent on the type and duration of the stimulus received (the harder you hit, the harder the leg jerks).

Body movement feedback moves in and out of the spinal cord to the brain and then through spinal nerves to your limbs to conduct the necessary movement. If you are no longer able to carry out a certain movement, it is time to work on your neuromuscular function through balance training.

A lungfish is known to have fins and feet, but it is a better swimmer than a walker. It can be seen bumbling to and fro as it wobbles on sand. Some people claim they feel the same way about their walking.

The African Lungfish

The African Lungfish

The good news is that balance exercises improve coordination. Several beneficial balance exercises include side jumps with legs together, side squat lunges, and step-ups on an aerobic box.

If your walking “beats the bands,” but you are like a butter-fingered koala bear trying to catch a ball, it is time to work on hand-eye coordination. Helpful exercises include bouncing a ball against a wall, squatting, then catching the ball on the way up from the squat; or seeing how many many times you can bounce a tennis ball on a racket before it bounces off.

After honing skills, it is appropriate to hone nutrition. When it comes to hand-eye coordination, beta-carotene and lutein can strengthen eyes. Other nutritional elements that have been known to enhance endurance and prevent fatigue and lack of focus are magnesium and calcium.

Olympic biathlon contenders have improved their concentration and precision in the rifle event after taking B-complex vitamins.

When it comes down to total body harmony, joints need to be able to move fully and freely, and this can be accomplished through total body conditioning with an emphasis in neuromuscular training.

*If you need to improve coordination and neuromuscular function, Alicia Weber, the fitness trainer can develop the right ‘balancing act’ for you. She trains people in Central and South Florida and online. Contact her at for help.

Learn to Enhance Your Swimming Stroke

October 12, 2008
Did you know that the best freestyle swimmers can swim 25 meters in 7-13 strokes? The goal of any freestyle swimmer is to swim efficiently, using a minimal amount of strokes. Sometimes people feel like they are wounded in the water when they try to swim freestyle, fluttering down the pool with much splashing and an exorbitant amount of strokes.

If you are a beginning swimmer or a long-time swimmer who finds yourself splashing like there is no tomorrow, or moving your arms too quickly and tiring them in a short distance, then learn drills that work on improving stroke efficiency and saving energy!
Do the following drills to enhance stroke efficiency and remember to visualize what you doing:

Drill # 1 Fist Swimming:
Picture yourself as polar bear cruising down the wave-swept Atlantic Ocean to escape the arctic waters (which they do in winter). The polar bear makes a fist as it swims to heat up its claws and hand.Step 1:  With your hands closed fists, pull yourself through the water using the surface area of your forearms. During the pull phase (when the hand goes into water), keep your elbow higher than your hand. As the hand passes beneath the shoulder, your hand, elbow, and shoulder should be in one line, perpendicular to your body.
Step 2: Maintain closed fists through the push phase (when the hand comes back up and gets ready to enter the water again). Relax in the push phase, keep your fists closed, maintain the proper head position, use a steady kick, and keep your strokes long and smooth.This fist-swimming drill is great for strengthening the forearm and working on the pull-and-push phase of freestyle. Try fist swimming several times across the width of the pool, and see how difficult it can be.

Drill # 2 Head-Up Freestyle: When doing this drill, imagine yourself as a great white shark tracking its prey. The Great White is the only shark that lifts its head out of the water. Its eyes can rotate 360 degrees because they have no nicitating membrane. Head-up freestyle is a good technique to practice to perform well in lake or ocean swims.

Step 1: Begin swimming with the head up and the chin just touching the water’s surface. Keep your head still and keep a reference point in front of you. Maintain high elbows and hold them through the pull phase (when the arm goes beneath the body and the hand pushes water).

Step 2: During the pull phase, keep your hand beneath your sternum and press through the push phase (when the hand is back out of the water as arm stretches out to get ready to re-enter the water). Head-up freestyle can be practiced in a pool, ocean, or lake.

Drill # 3 Single-Arm Freestyle: Imagine yourself as a flying fish gathering enough speed and momentum from one fin to fly out of the water in a short burst of speed and then return to freestyle stroke. Flying fish literally fly out of the water with speeds up to 40mph and then return back into a swimming rhythm. Single-arm freestyle will help you develop speed and strength by working on one arm at a time.

Step 1: First, begin swimming regular freestyle with your right arm, placing your left arm by your side.

Step 2: While pulling (arm underwater pulling water) with your right arm, breathe to your left side only (and to the right when pulling with your left arm). Time your breaths so that you initiate head rotation when your right arm enters the water. Once your hand is past your stomach, finish through by pushing your hand past your thigh as far as you can. When your right arm comes out of the water for recovery before it re-enters, your right shoulder will be out of the water and your left shoulder will be in the water.

Step 3: When your arm exits the water for the recovery, bend your arm and keep in a high elbow. Your arm and hand should be relaxed.Single-arm swimming is good to practice in a 25-yard pool. Practice doing single-arm swimming with the right arm for 25 yards, then switch to the left arm and repeat as much as you want.

All these drills will turn you into a “swimtastic” freestyle swimmer, as long as you already know how to swim freestyle.



 * If you would like to learn to swim in a few sessions or need a swimming ‘tune-up,’ Alicia Weber teaches swimming and aquatic training classes in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Central and South Florida. Contact her at for info.

Beached with Fear

September 19, 2008

 An early morning beach runner was alarmed as she saw a little girl splashing and clapping in a bright bathing suit in the waters of Daytona Beach. The runner yelled, "Unsafe, get out!" And the girl obeyed, just in time before a shark attack.

Daytona Beach (Volusia County) stands at the pinnacle for shark attacks nationwide, with Florida as the first state. If one is planning a beach vacation, there are safety precautions to help prevent shark attacks.

Shark Precautions

Shark Precautions

Avoid murky waters. If beaches are known as remote, good for fishing, and boating—stay away. Now, one must decide whether to fly or dirve to the vacation. Just think what a pain it can be to fly the ‘red eye,’ avoid swimming during the ‘red eye.’ Swimming during those times (dusk to dawn) is risking a red eye because of a shark bite. Avoid bleeding. Certain species can smell an inch of blood nearly a mile away. Never enter oceans with shiny jewelry, bright colored bathing suits, and uneven tanning, especially on feet. Sharks may mistake you for a fish or seal. So, pack your tanning spray! Lastly, have a blast at the beach, but watch out for too much splashing. Don’t ever let your pet in the water. If you want to stay away from becoming the catch of the day, keep from erratic movements and never feed sharks.

Careers that Get Physical

September 19, 2008

If you awaken excited and ready to exercise, but have to get ready for work…keep the energetic spirit beacause a physical career is out there waiting for you.  If you get antsy when you sit too long and fear the reading, writing, and reaserch, when you would rather rather be running, weightlifting, adn riding bikes…there’s hope!  The solution to your lethargy in the office is to GET OUT OF THE OFFICE.

Diving and Hiking  A career as a diver is a big step below the boring rigors of office life.  A diver can be called upon to do many things whether it be swimming in aquarium tanks with sea life, submerging in the ocean for an archeological dig or touring the seas as a commercial diver. Diving has a vast career path undersea, but if you’re more inclined to staying above sea level, then a job as park ranger might be more geared for you.  A park ranger may be most commonly thought of at a National Park guiding hikers, but rangers have as diverse opportunities as divers.

Climbing and Dancing  Dance instructors can do a daily workout in their job that can get their heart beating as fast as those doing aerobics.  Whether they are teaching a simple swing dance or the more complex aerial swing dance, this job can use a lot of energy.  Tossing, throwing, and turning can get your heart stirring.  The best advice to be a good dance teacher is know your dances well and a good way to learn are by watching dance videos.  Just as dancing needs a lot of energy, so does rock climbing.  If you have characteristics such as being strong and durable in high altitudes, then a rock climbing career might me your calling.  If interested one can attend a rock climbing school such as Joshua Tree Rock Climbing School in California where you can learn rappelling, basic, and technical skills.  Positions for rock climbers include rock climbing counselors, mountain climbing guides, and rock climbing instructors.

Cycling  Do you love cycling and have insight and enthusiasm for a particular country or culture?  If you answered yes and can say that you have a knack for bike mechanics and speaking a foreign language, then bike tour guides is the career for you.  If you’re not a master at bike mechanics and enjoy riding unguided in stealth, then start training to be a bike patrol

Sand and Snow Athletics  If you’re one that never wants your beach vacations to end, while your friend is busy dreaming about the snow, then it’s time to inquire about becoming a beach lifeguard.  All beach lifeguard candidates must pass criteria including a run, swim, and lifesaving drill test before being employed.  If you were the beach bum dreaming about the snow because you love skiing, then maybe it’s time to become a ski patrol. Skiing for hours, while monitoring the slopes and skiers, is the job of the National Ski Patrol.