Day: July 16, 2010

What is the Healthy Steps Program?

Healthy Steps with The Lebed Method is a not just an exercise program, it is a celebration with pizzaz. Participants progress toward better health while having the best time imaginable. Fun, easy to follow steps coordinated with great music allow class members to work within their personal parameters, and have fun while striving for wellness.

Healthy Steps with The Lebed Method was designed by two physician/surgeons and a dance movement specialist in 1980. This experienced and dynamic team effectively integrated dance movements, and physical therapy based exercises with music to form a distinctive program that delivers. The musical component is a key factor as participants are shown to move more freely when awareness is directed away from discomfort and limitation through musical stimulation. Props such as top hats, canes, boas are often incorporated into a routine to further stimulate a sense of imagination and play.

Numerous studies validate the Healthy Steps Program’s effective benefits for persons with conditions that limit upper and lower body movement, range of motion, and balance. Individuals recovering from accident, injury, surgery, athletic performance, breast cancer, other cancers, or suffering with chronic disorders such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, arthritis, M. S., diabetes are shown to thrive. Seniors and those newly beginning an exercise regimen flourish. It is safe for pregnant women through the third trimester. Certainly this is a program for anyone. The class can be done standing or seated.

Since 1980 this program’s therapeutic benefits have proven beneficial to many of those struggling along the, oftentimes difficult, road toward wellness. This unique, sensitive, international program, validated by numerous studies and published in a medical journal, promotes well-being, and joy. Class members are often transformed from survivors to thrivers while gently being launched to higher levels of lifestyle wellness than they would have dreamed.

Join the Healthy Steps Class because your quality of life will be improved. If you, or someone you know, are staying away because of any of the following think again. Just remember the Healthy Steps class is the place for you even if you:

  • Have two left feet
  • Lack experience
  • Are not athletic
  • Are not in the best shape
  • Pregnant
  • Are recovering from a illness or accident
  • Are living with a chronic condition
  • Want a gentle full-body workout without beating yourself up

Post Exercise Fueling

Just finished a hard training session with Captain “I said 10 more!” and now you are dog tired and hungry as a wolf. What do you re-fuel your body with, there are so many choices! The best thing to do is pick food higher in protein and fat and lower in carbohydrates and sugars especially. The more protein the better chance your body (muscles in particular) have of re-pairing themselves. The protein combined with the fat will take long to metabolize and sustain your energy for longer. Stay away from simple carbohydrates such as bagels, muffins, scones, syrups, yogurt coated nuts, etc. Need something fast, a protein shake with real fruit and a small amount of milk/soy milk in it will really hit the spot! Want to keep it simple? Try a hand full of almonds, a hard boiled egg, and a small piece of fruit. Don’t forget to follow it all up with plenty of water!