Our executives are doing a fantastic job preparing to take on one another at the TCA Fittest Executive Challenge at the Annual Convention in a few weeks. Here are several updates from our coaches on the progress being made by the executives they are training:

“The executive I am coaching is working extra hard this week! She has asked for more difficult workouts and is increasing her water intake daily. Each week she continues to show improvement and dedication toward becoming a better version of herself!” Coach Courtney

“My executives are doing awesome! All three have set up the FIT System and are using it regularly in their workout routines. One executive has emailed me multiple times in between our coaching calls for extra meal and snacking selection advice and he has lost six pounds! Another one of my executives has a very hectic schedule but he seems to be taking the challenge seriously and has changed his eating habits and always has healthy snacks with him now.” Coach Kristy

“Both of my executives are excited and diligent about the challenge. They are consciously making better lifestyle choices in order to meet their goals. Some of the goals we are working on include preparing enough food to have on hand during the day to decrease the likelihood of over eating during dinner. The executives are also using an app to track their calorie intake and nutritional facts. One participant is purchasing a stand up desk to increase calorie burning while another is installing the FIT System and Stepper in his terminal’s fitness room.” Coach Dawn

Work Related Shoulder Injuries and Prevention
by Dawn Harrison, Rolling Strong Wellness Coach

During my time as a health and wellness coach, I have seen many work related shoulder injuries. These types of injuries can be devastating to a person’s well-being and make day to day activities difficult and painful. Many can be prevented with simple stretching and strengthening exercise, good posture, proper lifting techniques and staying physically active.

The shoulder complex sustains more injuries than any other part of the upper body. Tight or weak muscles can set the stage for injury. This is why it is imperative to stretch and strengthen the four muscles of the rotator cuff. These muscles are vital to the stability of the shoulder.

Posture is also key in the prevention of injury. Slumped posture, rounded shoulders or a forward flexed head can lead to decreased mobility and impingement of the tissue surrounding the shoulder. Improper lifting techniques can also cause shoulder as well as neck and back injuries.

Coach Dawn’s tips to avoid injuries:

  • Stay in good overall physical conditions.
  • Maintain good posture. Stand straight without slumping or rolling the shoulders forward.
  • Warm up and stretch before activities.
  • Don’t carry objects that are too heavy, ask for help.
  • Lift properly, with feet shoulder width apart and the object close to your body. Bend at the knees and not the waist. Use the strong muscles of your legs to lift, not your back.
  • Don’t strain to reach over your head.
  • Avoid using your arms for repeated activities, alternate hands.
  • Take breaks during the day and stretch.
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