July 22, 2014
by LFC Coach James

The Best Answers Come From Real Questions. Ask-a-Trainer!

The questions keep coming in to our Ask a Trainer feature!  

Do you have a question? Feel free to email us, send us a tweet or drop us a message on Facebook.

Not all questions are answered in each edition. If your question didn’t appear in this issue please check back soon.


Some days I jog on the treadmill for 25 min at 5.5 miles/hour, other days I walk for 45 min at 4 miles/hour. I know any exercise is good, but generally speaking, how much walking does someone have to do to equal one of their jog sessions?

-Linda, Sooke British Colombia

Benefits of Walking Versus Running


You’re absolutely right. General thought among health institutions in recent years has been to suggest that activity, any activity, will help combat obesity or diseases associated with unhealthy weight such as diabetes, hypertension or heart disease.

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous activity (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity). They go on to say that “physical activity is anything that makes you move your body and burn calories”.

My interpretation of this is that people are so resistant to physical activity that institutions have more success by pleading with us to simply “move”, rather than telling us what they recommend we do at a more specific level.

Despite the AHA saying that they strive simply for “movement”, they would likely agree that not all movements are the same. Different exertions have different effects on your body, and on long enough timelines, alter your health in different ways. In the most extreme example, strength training like Arnold Schwarzenegger will produce a very different result than marathon training like Meb Keflezighi.

In your specific case, low-exertion walking will never perfectly “add up” to equal moderate intensity jogging. You could eventually find that you’ve burned a similar amount of calories, but the larger results of each kind of activity are more unique.

Benefits of Walking:

Benefits of Jogging:

Benefits Found in Both

Reduced Risk of:

If you maintain a style of activity over a greater period of time you’re likely to see a more pronounced benefit (for example, most academic studies on the effect of a single style of exercise will never run shorter than 8-10 weeks). To put it simply, though, you have to do what makes you happy and what you are more likely to sustain. If you believe you will be more successful by alternating your style of exercise, more power to you! You’re only benefiting yourself by moving, regardless of whether that means walking, jogging, or alternating between the two.

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July 8, 2014
by LifeSpan

Treadmills Can Be Useful to Outdoor Runners Too!

You’re an outdoor runner, and have been doing it for years. Why would you want to use a treadmill?

That’s a very good question. For an outdoor runner, a treadmill would seem to have little appeal. You might think, “It’s boring” or “it feels funny.”

But I’m here to tell you a treadmill is useful to nearly all outdoor runners. I’m not talking about the tiny percentage of serious competitive runners. That’s one in a thousand. I’m talking about you and the other 99.9%.

Now you’re saying, “Okay. Show me.” And I will.

treadmill v outdoor running

Beat the Weather

Even though you try to tough it out through the cold, snow, rain, or even cold rain, you don’t like it one bit. And as a result, you take days off running. How many depends on where you live, of course, but it could easily be 50 to 100 days per year, for example, it rains 150 days per year in Seattle. That is a lot of unpleasantness or missed workouts.

With a treadmill, there’s no extra clothing, and not a bit of chilly, wet discomfort. You just step on and go.

“But running on a treadmill is boring!” you insist. Read on.

Now You Have a Good Reason to do Interval Training

Everyone knows that interval training is a very effective training and fitness technique. But it’s not easy to do intervals outdoors without a good running track, and almost nobody has easy access to one of those.

A treadmill is both the solution and the incentive for interval training. A solution because it gives you precisely measured distances and times.

So do intervals on a treadmill, instead of constant-speed running. Here are a few suggested workouts that work well on treadmills:

Beginners: jog easy for one minute, then run faster for one minute. Alternate these for as long as you feel comfortable, but try to get a total of twenty minutes in.

Somewhat experienced: the classic pyramid: jog easy for one minute, then run faster for one minute. Then jog 1, run 2; jog 1, run 3. You get it. Increase the running interval by one minute each time, then go the other way, like: jog 1, run 3, jog 1, run 2, jog 1, run 1.

Experienced: Keep the one-minute rest intervals of the above two workouts, but make the running intervals three or four minutes long. This is tougher, but it will have a great training effect.

How do you compare your performance from workout to workout? When you hit Stop after your last run interval, look at the treadmill’s Distance display. That’s your performance measurement. As long as you do the same workout, you can compare your performance accurately.

Getting Used to Running on a Treadmill

Yes, a treadmill can feel funny to run on in the beginning. And interval training, with some fast running, might feel uncomfortable at first. This is normal, and you can get past this obstacle.

Learning to run on a treadmill is just that: learning. It’s a skill to develop, but one that develops quite quickly. Those interval workouts? Start slowly, and maybe keep your first treadmill workouts to around 20 minutes. I guarantee you that after five to ten workouts, your comfort level will be just fine.

Getting comfortable with treadmill running allows you to do better, faster workouts, and improves your balance. For me, treadmill running makes me a more efficient outdoor runner, because it improves my capabilities across varying types of terrain.

The Total Package

With your new-found treadmill running routine, your total training and fitness regime will finally be fully-formed. No rain or snow days, or “it’s-too-dark” days. Also, if you live in certain areas where pollution is high, it can actually be detrimental to your health to exercise outdoors. Using a treadmill takes advantage of air filters year round. Overall, you will have far more training flexibility than ever, and your fitness will show that.

Let LifeSpan help you complete your workout program. Check out our treadmills today and see which option is best for your needs. Whether you want a folding, non-folding, or light commercial treadmill, we have what you need, regardless of what’s going on outside.

May 22, 2014
by LFC Coach James

Ask a Trainer: Part 2!

Thank you so much to everyone who sent in a question to this week’s edition of Ask A Trainer! Got a health or fitness question that you would like a personalized answer to? Send your queries into the LifeSpan Fitness Club. Send James an email, find LifeSpan on Facebook or tweet us on Twitter.


I’m training for a marathon. Getting enough runs feels like a lot as it is. However, I want to work on my core and do some muscle exercise. What can I do to work other parts of my body without making myself too sore for my runs?

- Mitchell, Henderson NV

marathon finish line

First things first, thank you for the photo! Marathoners never cease to amaze me. Good luck in your upcoming race!

Second, almost every single athlete, including long-distance runners, can benefit from resistance training. It’s been shown that combining resistance exercise with your running efforts can enhance your training effect versus training aerobically alone. When completed safely, resistance exercise is only positive.

If you are currently only training for your marathon by running, do yourself a favor and start supplementing your routine by adding even simple body-weight resistance exercise. With the right program you can greatly improve upon your previous records without hugely impacting your time dedication.

Your body is phenomenal at adapting to the specific demands placed upon it. Make sure that you’re training in a way that’s applicable to your unique event, such as using the exercises included below. In addition, your LifeSpan Fitness Club account contains dozens of applicable exercises that can be utilized to enhance your performance.

For all of the exercises listed below I recommend approximately 3-4 sets of 8-15 repetitions each. For core exercises I suggest holding each contraction for 25-60 seconds, or as long as you can. If you can easily exceed 60 seconds, try increasing the difficulty of the exercise (seen in the video). Almost all of these require no additional equipment and could be completed in a park at the conclusion of your runs.

1) Core:
The “core” is comprised of your six-pack musculature, oblique and low back muscles, and the many muscles that comprise your pelvis and hips. Core strength can’t be overstated, as it’s considered that all motion is grounded in some way to these muscles. Specifically in running, core strength is integral for postural strength and transfer of motion throughout your gait.

While resistance training the core, focus primarily on isometric exercises, or motionless muscle contractions. These exercises closely mirror the demands placed on runners throughout the course of a race and help prevent premature fatigue and postural breakdown.

Make sure to adapt each exercise found below to your capabilities and never exercise into pain. Please be careful prior to attempting any of the advanced variations that you are in a safe environment and fit enough to successfully complete the repetitions without injury.

Core Strength For Runners

100 Amazing planks variations!

2) Lower Body:
Most runners would sell their soles (pun intended) for additional leg stamina, especially in the later miles of a race. By increasing the strength of your lower body through resistance training you can limit your likelihood of injury, boost your resistance to late-race fatigue, and increase your speed throughout the course of a run. Using your own body weight as resistance in your exercises can be enough to increase your strength. If you have the capability and resources to externally load through weights, dumbbells or resistance bands though, more power to you.



Step Ups

3) Upper Body:
Upper body strength and conditioning is worth much more than the average runner believes. Try running without incorporating your arms. You’ll quickly see how required that motion is towards your success. As races wear on, posture and form break down, typically shown by a rounding of the shoulders and drooping of the arms at the elbow. This effect is likely to occur more rapidly and more dramatically without appropriate upper body strength training. The exercises below help to strengthen the chest, shoulders, arms, and upper and middle back.

Upper Body Strength for Runners

Push Ups

Pull Ups/Chin Ups

Inverted Rows

Thank you again for your question and best of luck to your upcoming event! Please reconnect with us to let us know how it goes!

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May 16, 2014
by LifeSpan

Getting Ready for Summer Sports: Supplementing Your Exercise Routine

With May already underway and the weather warming up, it’s time to get ready for summer outdoor activities! By making efforts to be more active in spring you can set yourself up for better success in your activities for summer. Plus, who doesn’t want that nice beach body?

Male Golfing

LifeSpan not only makes treadmills, exercise bikes, a rowing machine, and a stretching machine to help with your overall fitness, but we make equipment to help you stay active all day. This is our Workplace Solutions line. We make treadmill desk and bike desk configurations for your office, so you can easily work and walk/bike at the same time!

Bringing activity into your workday boosts your metabolism, reduces your risk for diseases, and can make you more productive and creative. By using our treadmill or bike desk, you aren’t “working out” during the day, but simply, supplementing your workout routine by adding consistent movement throughout your day.

Treadmill Desk in Home Setting

We carry various options to fit in any office environment, and you can do single or multi-user workstations. When using the desk, you pedal or walk slowly, about 1.5 to 2.0 MPH while working. This increases blood flow to your brain and activates muscles. You may recall our past blog on Workplace Health & Productivity that reviews research on the effects of sedentary lifestyles and the benefits to adding activity into your workday.

You can check out our various features and desk configurations here. We know you’ll love the way you feel and the results you’ll see when pairing a treadmill or bike desk with your spring workout routine! Feel free to contact us via our online chat on our site at the bottom right, Facebook or Twitter if you have any questions or want to learn more!


April 29, 2014
by LFC Coach James
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Ask a Trainer!

Got a question that you’re dying to know the answer to? Send your queries into the LifeSpan Fitness Club. Shoot James an email, find LifeSpan on Facebook or tweet us on Twitter.

Safe weight loss, healthy pregnancy, benefit of incline and the bright side to soreness are all covered in this edition of the LifeSpan Fitness Club Ask a Trainer.


How much weight can someone lose in a month?

- Mary – Stillwater, Oklahoma


When it’s done in a way that’s healthy? Roughly 1-2 pounds per week, or 4-8 pounds per month. Whenever you hear of people shedding massive amounts of weight in a short period of time it’s often a hoax, or weight loss without substantial fat loss.

female-before-and-after-weight-lossTake Atkins dieting for example. While reducing carbohydrates is thought to be an effective way to reduce body fat, it’s less known that digesting protein (the primary nutrient consumed on Atkins) requires your body to use a significant amount of water. As Atkin’s dieters begin to dehydrate from water expenditure, they see large amounts of water-weight drop off the scale. It’s fake weight loss such as this that can set average expectations too high and lead to unhealthy conditions.

Through proper nutrition and exercise (see last week’s post), sustainable, healthy weight loss can be accomplished.


I’m 49 and in reasonably good shape with a TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk. Is there a daily limit I should consider for distance walked? Currently I’m around 8-11 miles a day.

- Glen – Toronto, Ontario


You’re a walking machine, Glen! That’s an amazing amount of distance to be covering in a single day’s walking effort. It is recommended that for general adult health you take at least 10,000 steps each day, or walk roughly 5 miles. This is encompassing of your entire day, from time spent on your treadmill desk to the steps you take walking to speak to a coworker.

where are you on the steps to a healthy life

For some, this goal is initially a steep one and requires a gentle increase in activity. A reasonable goal for most people is to increase average daily steps each week by 500 steps per day until they achieve this level. For those such as yourself who are extending far past this goal, the question of “how much is too much” is highly subjective. I had a professor in grad school who competed in ultra-endurance events, running over 100 miles in a single bout of activity extending across multiple days. He would suggest that extreme volumes for certain individuals is safely achievable. For the rest of us, let your body do the decision making.

If some people were to complete your 8-11 daily miles they would experience negative symptoms ranging from chaffing to low back pain or light headedness. Chronically, they might fall into a condition called overtraining. If you experience undesired sensations at higher volumes of exercise, try reducing your efforts or modifying your resting periods. If you feel as though you’re safely walking 25,000 steps a day, however, don’t cease your activity simply because it is a large number. Do, however, make sure that your previous medical history supports such exercise. If you want to be certain that you’re healthy enough for such exertion please don’t hesitate consulting your physician.


I put my data into the LifeSpan Fitness Club regularly to keep track of everything. I am pregnant and in my third trimester. I have outstanding fitness considering how far along I am, but it tells me that I’m in the “at risk” and “caution” zones for my health. How can I judge my health in reality?

- Selina – Madison, AL

Healthy pregnancy

You’re right, Selina. Currently the LifeSpan Fitness Club doesn’t have an alternate set of normative values to account for pregnancy or other health conditions. Your question was an intriguing one that required a number of phone calls to multiple women’s health centers across the nation.

The professional consensus was that currently there is no agreed-upon normative range to quantify the various health statistics of every woman during pregnancy. The prevailing message was that healthy pregnancy values are somewhat dictated by your pre-pregnancy health, making safe averages hard to compute.

Every obstetrician that I came in contact with did, however, suggest that women who are pregnant should consult their individual physician to ensure the health of their various metrics, such as blood pressure, waist circumference, and so on.

There are many reliable online tools that can help break down some of these unknowns. Please feel free to check some of these out for yourself and see if they can help you find some of the answers that you’re looking for.

The American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise During Pregnancy Fact Sheet
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Recommendations


Do you burn more calories when you’re sore from exercise?

- Charlie – Glenwood, MN

Yes, you actually do! A 2008 study found that test subject’s resting metabolism was considerably elevated even up to 72 hours after intense weight training. While the study didn’t exactly specify why this was the case and didn’t say how this increase relates to a specific calorie number, it does imply that strength training can lead to health benefits even after the immediate effort has concluded. This isn’t an excuse to eat improperly or to not exercise days after strength training, but it is a benefit to including resistance training into your exercise routine.

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April 21, 2014
by LifeSpan

LifeSpan: Finding Your Rhythm

At LifeSpan we have a passion for vitality. For the personal rhythms that drive our individuality. Finding Your Rhythm is part of our energy; we believe everyone needs to find their own unique tempo, their rhythm of life. Your rhythm changes the way you work, think, and interact in a healthier, positive way. It is important to find an overall balance in life. We believe this rhythm is found through movement; motion at the speed of life.

We see examples every day of how people are finding their motion in individual ways. We want to inspire our consumers to take control of their lives, and by doing this they reach an overall healthier lifestyle everywhere their rhythm takes them. We not only focus on health and fitness, but overall wellness.

Having a healthy mind and body brings a level of satisfaction that increases our quality of life. LifeSpan is committed to bringing about positive change for our customers, one movement at a time. What’s your rhythm?


April 15, 2014
by LifeSpan

LifeSpan’s Step Counting Feature: Intelli-Step

Hour 6… Mile 10.8… Step count 22,896… I’ve just finished reading How to Obtain Your Fitness Goals This Spring. I glance over at my coworker as he treks along on his treadmill desk. His brow furled with the fan blowing in his face, he carefully crafts his future sales presentation. It’s month two of this quarter’s walking contest. Each quarter our employees break into teams. The team with the most steps each month gets to put their name in for a drawing and at the end of the quarter one lucky employee wins a trip. It’s a great incentive to keep everyone happy and healthy (and since every employee has access to a treadmill desk it is easy to incorporate into our workday.)  I have yet to be the big winner but the mountain of health benefits that I receive is a pretty great consolation prize.

Step count 23,178…


Intelli-Step IconI use LifeSpan’s–Intelli-Step™–step counting technology every day, whether it’s counting my steps for our contest or just tracking the calories I’ve burned by being active throughout the day. It’s so easy to track and record steps that I don’t even have to think about actively doing it; it’s just a daily habit like brushing my teeth or driving to work.

So which of our products have the Intelli-Step feature? It would probably be faster if I listed the products that don’t have it, considering that all of our fitness treadmills and treadmill desks have Intelli-Step built right in. What I find so interesting about Intelli-Step is that the treadmill actually senses your foot strike. This means that you can’t trick it by stepping onto the side rails for a minute (not that anyone would try to cheat a few extra steps in.) This not only guarantees an accurate step count but if the treadmill doesn’t sense your footstep after 20 seconds then the computer will automatically stop the belt for safety (we’ll save this feature for another blog sometime down the road.)

So what do I do if I want to track my steps ALL DAY, including the time spent walking my dog or chasing my baby? That’s where our MyStride Activity Monitor comes in. I clip this on the moment I get out of the shower in the morning and I don’t take it off until I’m ready to hit the hay. The MyStride acts like a pedometer in which it tracks my steps (using the same motion sensing technology as the Wii remotes,) miles walked and calories burned. You don’t have to upload it every day as it stores data for 7 days, plus, it has a built-in USB stick to make it convenient to upload into any computer.LifeSpan MyStride Activity Monitor

The MyStride can be purchased for a great bargain, especially considering that it comes with one free membership to the LifeSpan Fitness Club, our online health and fitness-tracking program. It’s a great way to set goals, track your progress, and even get advice from coaches.

Step count 25,422. Not terrible for being “stuck” behind a desk all day, huh?


Until next time,

Brant Brooks Brant Brooks

LifeSpan Direct Sales Manager

April 8, 2014
by LFC Coach James

How to Obtain Your Fitness Goals This Spring

This month LifeSpan is focusing on the benefits of walking and avoiding the dangers of inactivity. April 2nd marked the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day, 24 hours dedicated to getting up and moving. The day itself has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that the inspiration has as well.

Spring time is a season dedicated to new beginnings! If you’re contemplating beginning a new walking program or increasing your amount of activity, take a look at the recommendations below. Throughout my career I’ve had the pleasure of watching multiple individuals bring their ambitions to fruition following these suggestions. Take a moment to see if they fit your personality.

Find Your Motivation:

No matter what you’re trying to accomplish, you’re going to be undertaking change. And let’s face it, change is difficult. For whatever reason, people are seemingly resistant to lifestyle adjustments. Motivation acts as the impetus to throw the covers off the bed in the morning and go exercise versus sleeping in or going to the gym after work rather than sinking into the couch.

It’s critically important to determine what it is that’s pushing you to want to act differently tomorrow than you are today. Not what you’ll do, but rather why you’ll do so. For some it’s to look better at an upcoming reunion or to feel more confident during swimsuit season. For others it might be to improve their health for their kids or family.

Finding your specific reason for the effort you’re putting forth can be the difference between success and disappointment. Take a few moments to determine this motivation, and once you have, make it physical.  Write it down on a piece of paper and keep it where you’ll encounter it, or save it in your personal journal in your LifeSpan Fitness Club account. When times get hard, refer back to why you began in the first place.

Determine Your Goals:

You would never drive your car without an idea of how to get where you’re going. Goals act as your ambition’s immediate and long-term roadmap. Without them it’s incredibly easy to fail to see progress you’re making and lose energy towards your efforts. Effective goal development is when ambition and practicality merge. Whether you want to walk more, lose weight or get stronger, the process should be the same. Set small, achievable goals that lead to the larger desire that you’re ultimately striving for.

LifeSpan Fitness Club Goals Tracking

Short, medium and long term goals provide a gentle progression that is friendly on your body and psyche. Determine what you want to ultimately accomplish and divide it into achievable sub-goals. For example; three, six and twelve month stages. If you ultimately want to lose 50 pounds (your long-term goal) attempt to lose 1-2 pounds per week for the first three months (short-term goal) to reach 25 pounds (medium-term goal). Don’t be afraid to celebrate short-term, smaller successes! They’re the foundation on which larger accomplishments are created.

People are highly forgetful and old habits die hard. Once you determine what your individual goals are, write them down! Along with your previously composed motivations, this is incredibly helpful to keep you pressing forward. Put them on a piece of paper near your bathroom mirror. On your desk at work. Compose them in the Goals section of your LifeSpan Fitness Club account. No matter what, make them present. They’re more effective that way than when they’re simply thoughts.

Set Yourself up for Success:

It’s hard enough to commit to change as it is. Before you begin, set yourself up for success. Gently maneuver your time and resources to facilitate your new desire. If you know that you’re going to be exercising in the evening, prepare throughout the day to free up your schedule by the time you will want to begin. If you love to be outside, don’t lock yourself inside of a dark gym. Give yourself a workout playlist of your favorite songs. If you know that you’re going to want to track your steps and activity, consider investing in an activity monitor such as LifeSpan’s MyStride.

LifeSpan Fitness Activity Monitor

Also, inform your support groups that you’re going to be attempting to make a change. Let your spouse or loved ones know of your ambitions so that they can facilitate your efforts rather than accidentally hinder them.


Now comes the hard part. Get moving! It’s completely understandable that this is the most difficult part of the whole process. That inner voice that says “If I don’t begin I can’t fail trying” is unbelievably convincing. Everyone who has ever completed a marathon, however, has taken the first step. Keep your hopes high, your self-judgment low and simply start moving. A wise man once said “If you had started doing anything two weeks ago, by now you’d be two weeks better at it.”

Track Your Efforts!

Once you begin, be proud of the work you’ve done. Record them for your own personal sense of accomplishment as well as for improving your efforts. Write your specific exertions down by hand, put it into the notepad on your smartphone or upload it digitally into your LifeSpan Fitness Club account’s exercise results section.

LifeSpan Fitness Club Member Homepage

Reassess Your Standing and Re-evaluate Your Goals:

Once you have created a baseline of effort, consider reviewing and adjusting your goals. It’s not uncommon for goals to require tuning once a program has started, either because they might have been too intense or too easily completed. Your efforts will have provided you with a greater insight into your circumstance than you previously had. Don’t be afraid to use this new understanding to your advantage.

It’s the perfect time of year to take the first step towards your health and fitness ambitions. Using your LifeSpan Fitness Club membership and the recommendations above you can ensure your success. If you have any questions at all or need any further ideas you can always reach out to me via email or socially on Twitter and Facebook.

April 4, 2014
by LifeSpan

Workplace Health & Productivity

Here at LifeSpan, we have talked about how a sedentary lifestyle is bad for you, but just how bad is it? We will dive into the toll it takes on your body–from head to toe! Just make sure you stand up for this one.

Research shows that most people spend 11 hours a day sitting between driving to and from work, sitting at work, eating dinner and probably reading a book or watching TV in the evening. This is why LifeSpan has taken such a big role in changing this habit for our customers. We want people to be more active–it’s human nature and you feel better when you are active.

health hazards of sitting infographic

The health hazards associated with sitting for prolonged periods of time, affect the entire body. Starting with being linked to several types of cancers, to problems with organs such as your heart and pancreas, issues with brain function, neck and back problems, and difficulties with leg circulation, abdominals, and glutes. With all of these body parts affected we wonder why businesses aren’t doing more to get their employees moving throughout the day.

We know sitting will always be part of our daily lives, but here at LifeSpan we are trying to make people aware of the amount they are sitting and help them make positive changes to increase their activity and overall happiness each day. This is why we created the treadmill desk, to provide a way for you to walk and work, making you more active, productive, and healthier!

Here are some simple changes that you can make in order to improve the health of your daily life.

  • Get a healthier alternative desk solution (such as a treadmill desk, bike desk or standing desk)
  • Have walking while meetings
  • Stand or walk on conference calls
  • Print documents on a printer that’s across the office or on another floor
  • Take the stairs
  • Walk or bike to work

When you do need to sit, just make sure you follow these tips, so you are sitting properly and reducing as much risk for health hazards as possible:

  • Don’t lean forward at your desk
  • Your shoulders should be relaxed
  • Keep your arms close to your sides
  • Bend your elbows at 90°
  • Keep feet flat on the floor

LifeSpan is dedicated to helping you throughout your life, finding your rhythm and being the healthiest you can be. We have years under our belt in the fitness arena and we’ve moved into workplace equipment because we have the expertise and we wanted to give our customers the chance to keep active at home, work and in the gym. The treadmill desk is meant to supplement your exercise routine, not replace it. We are thrilled to see so many people use our equipment and becoming healthier along the way.

March 20, 2014
by LFC Coach James

Cappuccino With an Additional Shot of Perspective

James LoweHey there! I’m James, LifeSpan’s health and fitness coach. I’m a literature/writing/exercise science fanatic. I received my undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Utah and my master’s degree in kinesiology from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!). Most of my days are spent scouring academic journals for cool new articles to help improve the overall health of members of Interactive Health Partner and the LifeSpan Fitness Club. If something can make you stronger, faster, more disease resistant, or even simply a happier person, I’m interested in knowing more about it.

I probably made about 10,000 lattes during my undergrad. Working for a coffee shop, like most jobs, had its perks and its setbacks. All the free caffeine I could handle was great, but also necessary to combat the 4:00 am start time. By clocking out at noon I was able to get a great workout completed prior to my first class and before most professionals were even back from their lunch breaks.

At that point of my personal development I had no true comprehension how other people were unable to fit exercise into their daily lives. Due to the limited nature of my perspective I had no understanding of the hindrance of having a traditional occupation; let alone having children or other obligations demanding my time and attention.

Long story short, different people have widely diverse obstacles standing in the way of their health and fitness aspirations. What comes simply to a naïve 19-year-old kid might merely be a pleasant fiction to someone else.

The American College of Sports Medicine has identified seven common activity barriers that can make it difficult, if not impossible, to fit exercise into your day. This research has been utilized by the LifeSpan Fitness Club to create the Barriers to Activity assessment. Regardless of your current life stage or the unique obstacles that might be in your way, this assessment calculates individual susceptibility to these hurdles and presents recommendations for overcoming them.

This assessment is located at the bottom left-hand corner of your LifeSpan Fitness Club profile. Take a few moments to complete this quiz and see how you can better achieve your goals. You will receive detailed insight into lifestyle changes that can assist in the completion of your aspirations and expedite your results. Regardless of the life phase you’re in or the things that make your circumstance unique, these insights can help you along your way.


Your still-jittery LifeSpan Fitness Club coach,