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Home Exercise Programs – Helpful Things You Ought To Know

Fitness is a growing concern among the millions of overweight people in this country today. But with only 24 hours on the clock, it can be a challenging task to fit a workout regimen somewhere within the 8 hours of work, 6 hours of sleep, 3 hours of meals, 2 hours of house chores, 2 hours of helping the kids do their homework, 2 hours of getting stuck in traffic and 1 hour of leisure time to ourselves. Obviously, there isn’t going to be time for a workout unless you take an hour here and a few minutes there in your already cramped schedule. Going to the gym from home or work is getting to be such a challenge that most don’t even bother to start with a fitness program.

If this situation describes you, then engaging in a home fitness program can be your best bet. Home fitness programs are offered by a variety of gyms and online fitness clubs to meet the fast growing demand for workouts that busy individuals can actually follow and do at home. Step-by-step instructional guides, videos and meal plans make a home fitness program “doable” even without a trainer on-hand to help.

One of the coolest advantages of home fitness programs is that it develops a singular determination on the part of the individual to actually change his or her life for the better. There’s no one else in the room but you and the instructional guide. No one else can gauge your success except you alone. You are accountable to no one but yourself if you don’t do a routine just because you feel lazy. For most individuals, this sense of self-responsibility is a far stronger motivation than the sight of other sweaty bodies or the pep talk of a coach in a gym setting.

Home fitness programs are also developed by those who have already made a name for themselves in the industry. They’ve studied, practiced and literally breathed fitness ever since the moment they became aware of the importance of exercise to the human body. And you stand to benefit from what they know in that home fitness program. Of course, if you’re unsure of the reputation of a particular workout you plan on buying, do a little detective work by looking up blogs or reviews in various forums over the net.

Finally, nothing beats home fitness programs if only for the comfort it gives. Working out at home is not only convenient, it saves you time (which is a precious commodity in your hectic lifestyle), money on gas and other incidental expenses on the gym and gives you unparalleled comfort. You can always re-do certain moves if you’re doing it wrongly (and most programs guide you through the movements and points out potential errors that beginners usually do). You can choose your own music and won’t even have to worry if your workout clothes aren’t new. Plus, you know you’re using your own equipment (if they’re needed) and won’t have to worry about contracting some sort of virus or bacteria which you can bring home to your kids.

The list could go on and on about the cool advantages of home fitness programs, but those given above are the main reasons why individuals decide to go on one. Yes, there are only 24 hours in a clock, but with home fitness programs, squeezing in some time for exercise should not really create much of a stir in your already predetermined schedule.

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Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey Offers Helpful Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

West Orange, N.J. (PRWEB) January 28, 2015

The winter season can present serious challenges to older adults in many parts of the country, whether they live in a private home, apartment, or in a retirement community. The Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC), which owns and manages four senior living communities in northern New Jersey, advises seniors to take additional steps to stay safe during the colder months.

“We take extra precautions during the winter months to ensure our senior residents remain safe, warm and secure,” said Terrence Roselle, the JCHC’s Regional Facilities Director. “Measures in all four of our communities are executed to meet the demands of rough winter weather, when we must contend with near-freezing or below-freezing cold temperatures, ice and snow, and when our seniors must often spend extended periods of time indoors.”

Aside from timely snow and ice removal from all public walkway and the parking lot, Roselle noted that the JCHC offers transportation for residents to area shopping destinations and for cultural outings, and maintains appropriate indoor temperatures to keep residents warm and comfortable. Standby generators are being installed in case of a power outage and emergency protocols are in place in all four JCHC communities.

“After Superstorm Sandy, we held organization-wide programs called ‘JCHC Strong’ in all four of our communities, to educate residents on how to better prepare for extended power outages and weather emergencies,” said Roselle, who heads up the JCHC’s emergency planning task force.

The JCHC offers these helpful tips for seniors, their families, and caregivers to keep elderly or frail individuals safe and healthy during the winter, and to prevent common hazards of the season.

    Prevent unnecessary slips and falls. Older adults are particularly vulnerable to broken wrists, ankles or hips, and could suffer severe lacerations to their head or face in the events of a slip and fall.
o    Keep walkways clear of ice and snow. Have a reliable snow shoveling service lined up in advance of bad weather and adequate ice melt product on hand for steps and sidewalks.

o    Maintain good traction. Wear shoes with non-skid soles and replace worn cane tips. Remove shoes indoors to avoid tracking in melting snow and ice that can lead to dangerously slippery floors.

    Avoid frostbite or hypothermia.
o    Dress warmly in layers. According to the National Institutes of Health, hypothermia can develop in older adults after relatively short exposure to cold weather; therefore, dress warmly when going outdoors, keep extremities warm, and add hat, scarf, and gloves.

o    Keep indoor temperature warm enough. Don’t set the thermostat too low and keep extra blankets on hand for chilly nights in order to maintain proper body temperature.

    Prepare the car—and driver—for winter driving. Cold weather is no time for roadside breakdowns or stalled vehicles. Have the car serviced before deep winter hits and have all systems checked to stay safe on the road. Sign up for a roadside assistance program and keep a cell phone charged and on hand for emergencies. Avoid driving in hazardous conditions.
    Eat well and take Vitamin D. A varied, nutritional diet is always important at any age. However, less time spent outdoors in direct sunlight means less Vitamin D which is essential for healthy bones and teeth. Add supplementation to the diet and/or include grains, tuna and salmon, and fortified milk to avoid Vitamin D deficiency.
    Install a carbon dioxide monitor. Using a fireplace, gas heater or lanterns can lead to carbon dioxide poisoning if rooms are not properly ventilated. A carbon dioxide detector is an easy way to avoid this dangerous situation.
    Have an emergency kit. Be prepared for an extended power outage with a flashlight (and fresh batteries), warm blankets, non-perishable foods, a cell phone and charger, and a battery-powered radio. Have a family communication plan in place to check on each other.
    Stay in touch with loved ones. The winter can be tough on some people because they are indoors so much and they might be more isolated than usual. It’s a good idea for families to check in on their loved ones more frequently, not only to make sure they are doing well physically and emotionally.

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About the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey

Founded in 1982, the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC) developed and manages more than 470 apartments in four buildings for older adults in Morris and Essex counties in northern New Jersey. The non-profit organization offers seniors a range of options in terms of services, amenities, location, and cost, all within a traditional Jewish environment. The JCHC provides housing, programs, and services for the independent elderly as well as those who need assisted living. For more information, go to http://www.jchcorp.org