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4 Tips to Reduce Workplace Related Stress

Whether dealing with tight deadlines, complicated projects, or difficult personalities, many people identify the workplace as one of their primary stressors. Luckily, there are many ways employers can help reduce workplace stress. Below, we have identified four ways that you can help reduce stress in the workplace, leading to happier, more productive employees. Implement a Wellness Program Exercise has been proven to reduce stress in people, so it only makes sense to encourage your workforce to regularly exercise. Many employers will offer to pay for a portion or even all of their employees’ gym memberships as an added incentive. Or, simply providing healthy eating programs or routines are a great way to get your employees motivated to start living healthier, and thus, less stressed. Provide a Tech-free Space Often, employees simply need a place to go for a few minutes to get away from any distractions. The area should be free of technology, with no computers, phones, or televisions to prolong workplace stress. The area is intended to serve as a quiet oasis for employees to go to for 10-15 minutes during their day. Employees are likely to return to work feeling mentally refreshed and ready to continue their workday […] Read More

Providing An Overall Health Change For Clients

When you’re working with a client who is struggling to lose weight, one of the most important messages you must communicate is how emotions affect their eating habits. Stress and anxiety often lead to mindless eating, which can quickly derail weight loss efforts. Mindless eating often focuses on comfort foods high in added fats, sugars and refined carbohydrates. Stress affects hormonal balance. One of the important hormones in this picture is ghrelin. Known as the hunger hormone, ghrelin has the important task of stimulating appetite. Stress increases the levels of ghrelin, making people think they’re hungry even when they aren’t. Chronic stress also affects cortisol, another hormone involved in the “fight or flight” response, and insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar. Elevated cortisol and insulin levels can also increase appetite. In addition to increasing appetite, the changes in the hormones tend to drive people toward comfort foods, particularly carbohydrates. Many high-carb foods – think bread, pasta, chips and other processed food snacks – are also loaded with extra fat, sugar and salt. The carbohydrates, fat and sugar in the snacks have a feedback effect on the brain that helps decrease stress and anxiety. Research indicates that women seem to […] Read More

Help Clients Make Healthy Choices While At Home

Helping your client reach their fitness and health goals are simple when they are right there with you in the gym. You can keep them motivated and focused on the reasons why they came to see you that day. But what about when they are away from the gym, at home, and fighting the urges to eat foods that will push their goals away? Here are a few snacks you can tell them to add to their grocery list that will help them when they get a craving and help boost their mood. Chocolate Chocolate makes you happy, right? Of course, it does, and there is even some scientific evidence to back this theory. Eating about 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate every day for 14 days can reduce the amount of stress in your life by decreasing your stress hormones. When your clients add dark chocolate to their grocery lists, this gives them a simple and enjoyable way to boost their mood and decrease stress and tension. Brazilian Nuts Brazil nuts are known for being one of the best sources of selenium, which is a mineral that helps regulate anxiety, depression, tiredness, and irritability. How many Brazil nuts do you […] Read More

Reduce Stress Eating For Your Patients or Clients with Relora®

Stress eating is a difficult habit to break, especially when clients and patients are using this bad habit to cope with other stressful life situations. Helping them understand the side effects of stress eating and educating them on tactics to stop the bad habit are important to keeping their health on the right track. There are a few specific ways to help your client recognize their habit of stress eating and also a few ways they can try to cope with the habit. Check out a few of these helpful tips below to get your clients and/or patients back on the right track! Recognize the Reasons Why Stress works on the body in mysterious ways. While some people will hit the gym or take the time to read a book, others will turn to food. They may binge eat or not eat at all to cope with their stress. Recognizing the reasons why your patient and/or client is turning to food is the first step in the process. Help them identify the internal reasons why they are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or lacking in an area of their life. After recognizing the reasons it’s easier to help implement different coping mechanisms. […] Read More

Reduce Your Client’s Gym Anxiety with Relora®

Addressing anxieties before you begin a workout program is an important aspect of being a fitness trainer. If a new client or a returning client is nervous about meeting you at the gym, you have to address this anxiety before you can get to the workout. Anxiety surrounding exercise may stem from a variety of reasons. Some may feel uncomfortable with their body or are worried about getting injured. Others may struggle with social nervousness and find it difficult to be in a crowded room. These anxieties prevent you from being your best. If you are struggling to connect with a client, you may be wasting time or losing valuable income. If a client does make it to the gym, but is hesitant to try anything new, their progress will be lengthy and they may get discouraged. During your initial meeting with a client, bring up any anxieties or concerns your client has about exercising at a gym. Use your skills to remind your client that you will be by their side throughout the entire workout and will safely guide them through the exercises. Remove any injury concerns quickly by explaining how you will begin with light weights and movements […] Read More

5 Suggestions to Help Clients With Mood Irregularities

Working with a client who has mood irregularities can be a difficult situation. You might not know what to expect when your client walks in the door. No matter what type of business you are in, helping your client to improve their mood can be beneficial to everyone involved. Not only can it help with weight loss and stress relief, having a stable mood can help clients to feel better too. There are several ways that you can suggest for your client to stabilize their mood. Exercise Exercise can help to stabilize the mood because of the hormones that are released when you exercise. Walking, swimming, biking, and other exercises can help your clients to expend energy and stay as healthy as possible. Your clients should find activities that they enjoy so that they will want to keep up with it and continue to challenge themselves. Healthy Diet Eating unhealthy foods, such as those that are high in sodium, can zap energy. Low energy can lead to mood changes. While your clients won’t have to eat a perfect diet, they can make small changes like substituting water for soda once per day or choosing fish instead of fried chicken for […] Read More

Vitamin D: Is Your Patient Getting Enough?

For mental health and physical health, the vitamins and nutrients we put into our bodies play a significant role. One vitamin that is easy to overlook is vitamin D. If your patient is testing low for vitamin D, it’s important to discuss how to correct the issue. Here are a few points to go over with your patient. Why is Vitamin D Important? Vitamin D plays a critical role in keeping the body in good condition. For starters, vitamin D helps the body better absorb calcium for bone growth and strength. Without vitamin D, bones can become extremely fragile or misshapen. How Much Vitamin D Does the Body Need? Just like with any other vitamin, the recommended daily dose varies based on the individual. Although there are differing opinions across the field, many experts will recommend the following: Infants up to 12 months old: 400 IU/day (1,000 IU/day max.) Children 1–3 years old: 600 IU/day (2,500 IU/day max.) Children 4–8 years old: 600 IU/day (3,000 IU/day max.) Ages 9–70:  600 IU/day (4,000 IU/day max.) Over 80:  800 IU/day (4,000 IU/day max.) Vitamin D Deficiency. In addition to fragile or misshapen bones, vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a number […] Read More

Helping Clients with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Have you ever heard of the winter blues? It’s a real thing! In fact, it’s a chemical imbalance in the human body, and it can affect 10 to 20 percent of the population. That means you could appeal to 10 to 20 percent of the population, a large group of potential clients, by acknowledging and helping conquer this condition. In particular, you can target clients and customers in the northern regions because it is more prevalent further north in the country. Formally, the “winter blues” is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). There are a number of clues and symptoms you can help a client observe, including: An abnormal change in appetite and weight A decrease in energy Heaviness in the arms and legs Fatigue Sleeping longer and still feeling tired Problems with concentration Irritability Increased sensitivity Avoiding social situations If a client brings any of these symptoms to your attention, you can help them beat the winter blues. The first step is informing them about SAD, which can be an instant form of support. The next step is being able to offer them solutions. SAD may be treated in a number of ways which help reduce or eliminate symptoms. The […] Read More

Helping Clients Who Stress Eat

Your weight loss clients work hard to reach their goals. Making lifestyle changes can be challenging at times, but by slowly incorporating these changes into their daily routines they can enjoy lasting results. If your clients seem to be putting in the work but not seeing any weight loss results, stress eating could be to blame. Here are a few suggestions to help them break through the stress eating cycle: Read More

Help Clients Maintain Blood Sugar and Stick to a Diet

Maintaining blood sugar is unarguably important for the daily function of the body, but did you know that low blood sugar is the #1 reason for health clients to break from their diet? Consider what you might’ve heard from previous customers. The word “hungry” most likely has arisen as a problem in a number of lost goals. Clients who have been trying to eat better, and many times less, find themselves hungry and fighting that hunger all day. Read More