When you hear the words “subsidy” and “penalty” which one are you more likely to respond to? Do you like the idea of getting some positive assistance, or does the idea of getting docked or penalized resonate with you? When discussing how to encourage participation in and adherence to wellness programming, subsidies and penalties are two sides of the same coin; you can either reward someone for doing the right thing (subsidy), or punish them for a lack of participation leading to poor health (penalty). It boils down to motivation, and what motivates each individual. In the case of workplace wellness, it also depends on what kind of a culture the employer wishes to foster.
If a company wants to promote health and wellness as positive, beneficial work-life elements, subsidizing healthy people makes sense. If everyone starts at the same baseline, and people are rewarded for exercising, eating well, maintaining / monitoring health conditions, and stress reduction activities, those people can feel good about their accomplishments and see tangible reward for healthy living; on the other hand, people who do nothing get nothing. Doing the reverse, punishing people for a lack of health, would seemingly create bitterness and resentment around the idea of health.
At the end of the day, companies need to align their benefits practices with overall company culture; we live in a world where fewer people fully separate from work at the end of each day as more people are working in flexible environments that inevitably create mix work and personal time together. Values-driven wellness goes beyond the office and helps employees to incorporate health into every aspect of life.
April 18, 2012
Fitness, Lifestyle, Money, Nutrition, Pilates, Wisdom
So you received your tax refund…now what?
Sure, there are always new pairs of shoes, new purses or that really cool necklace to be had, but the best thing to spend your tax refund on is personal enrichment in the form of health and fitness activities and classes! No matter what, a healthy body and mind will take you far in life, and lets be honest…next season that purse will be in the back of the closet.
Take this time to invest in YOU…in your future and your well being. Try something new, do something you already like, it does not matter; as long as it makes you happy and is healthy then you are golden!
Of course Pilates is the BEST thing to take up, but there are so many exercise programs, methods and ideas out there to explore; if you need any ideas feel free to reach out to us here!
Be happy, be healthy!
How does an animal rescue relate to fitness and Pilates? Well…dogs are amazing exercise partners! Not to mention that animals make people happy and happy people are more active and generally involved in life including physical endeavors. Thus, we here at Rachel Rettman – Fitness. Nutrition. Lifestyle. want to spread the word about the Pixie Project online auction for an authentic piece of furniture (Yin Yang table seen below) from the acclaimed movie Fight Club! Check out the YouTube video with author (and donor) Chuck Palahniuk and Amy Sacks of Pixie Project here:
The Pixie Project is expanding in order to help 10 times as many dogs as before! As a dog lover and avid Pixie volunteer this is personally very exciting; the idea of helping more animals is heartwarming and there will be so many more dogs to take on walks and help with leash manners!! Yessss!!!
February 19, 2012
Fitness, Nutrition, Pilates
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8. Promotes Weight Loss and Long, Lean Appearance
If you practice Pilates regularly, it will change your body. Known for creating long, strong muscles and a leaner look; Pilates improves muscle tone, balances musculature, supports beautiful posture, and teaches you to move with ease and grace. All of these things will make you look and feel very fit.
If you want to lose weight, the formula for weight loss remains the same: Burn more calories than you take in. As a full-body fitness method, Pilates help will help you do that. Combined with aerobic activity, Pilates becomes a prime weight loss and body toning tool.
The simple fact is this: muscles burns twice as many calories as fat. Pound per pound, a body with more muscle mass is far more efficient than one composed of more fat. Since Pilates is primarily a strength-training regimen designed to build long, lean muscles, this is the routine for someone who wants to shed fat and look svelte!
In reference to the last post, here is an article detailing exactly how a Pilates practice can improve one’s sex life!
Practice Pilates and have great sex!