My Friend Sheri’s Last Story and 3 Steps You Should Take

by Drew Overholser

At 55, Sheri Warren was in the prime of her life. She had two wonderful sons, a loving husband, an adorable 4 year old granddaughter, and a newborn grandson. Her granddaughter loved, loved, loved her grandma. As the Director of Sales and Retention, Sheri was my supervisor. She offered a rare combination of respected work colleague and friend. She gave me a chance at a job I needed four years ago and she created an environment I thrived in.

Sheri’s death is a tragic loss of the highest magnitude. I’m heart broken over losing my friend. How did she die from a blood clot when she was a fit, active, vibrant person with a healthy diet, along with a nice Cabernet on occasion? Since she had a family history of blood clots, and had a blood clot herself five years ago, it’s tragic that this latest clot wasn’t discovered before it killed her.

This is so scary. Could it happen to me? Could it happen to you? Is there anything we can do to reduce our risk? I believe there is. In 2010, I wrote a book called BVibrant, which included a chapter about circulation. The following is a modified excerpt from that chapter…

A few years ago I attended a presentation by Rob Daigle, who is a vascular technologist. His specialty is diagnosing vascular diseases and circulatory problems using ultrasound. He wrote a medical ultrasound text book which is primarily about how blood and lymph circulate through the body. For this presentation Rob brought in a Doppler ultrasound unit, a device that allows you to hear blood flowing inside the arteries and veins in the body. He asked one of the students to remove a sock and shoe and roll up a pant leg. Rob put conducting jelly on the student’s lower leg, just above his ankle. Then he placed the ultrasound probe on the student’s leg where the jelly was. Then all of us in attendance took turns listening through headphones that were attached to the base of the Doppler device. The headphones allowed us to hear the sounds of blood flow inside our volunteer’s leg. In other words, the Doppler allowed us to hear circulation. It’s no great revelation that blood flows through the body all the time. Yet, to hear movement coming from the inside of a still leg is fascinating. Next, he asked the student to move his foot, ankles, and toes vigorously while we listened through the headphones. This movement, or exercise, changed the sound dramatically. Instead of just a gentle, soft swishing, the volume and amplitude of the sound increased dramatically. The lesson is this:

Movement increases circulation!

This information could save your life. Rob is a frequent flyer, traveling around the country giving presentations on vascular health. If your vascular system is not in particularly good shape AND you sit for a long period of time without moving, as we typically do on a flight, you could be at risk for a blood clot in the legs because your blood stagnates when you sit for long periods of time. If a blood clot develops in the veins in your legs, it has the potential to travel to your heart and lungs when you get up and start moving. If the blood clot is large, it can be fatal.

Rob says he periodically does simple leg and foot movements during long plane flights to keep his circulation flowing. This reduces the risk of blood clots and pulmonary embolus, a clot that travels to the lungs.

A friend of mine, Irit, who is a physician, added that the heart pumps blood to the limbs through arteries. Veins return blood back to the heart. However, there is no pump that does this. Instead, movement or exercise is what creates the return of blood.
What actions can we take to reduce our risk? Here are three suggestions:

1. ROM exercise. For a long time I’ve advocated for simple non-weight bearing range of motion (ROM) exercise for healthy joints, ease of movement, and improved circulation. Consistent ROM exercise reduces stagnation and keeps blood flowing. It’s pretty obvious how important this is. Here’s a link to my ROM video. https://youtu.be/uDXNAlNBCSA.
Give this exercise video a try. It takes only about 15 minutes, it’s easy to do, and it feels great. Will it save your life? I don’t know. Surely it will reduce your risk. Next month I’m going to reshoot this video with the help of a professional videographer. Plus, I’ll make additional videos with other ROM exercises. These videos will be released as part of my website launch in October. Stay tuned!

2. You are in charge of your health. Sheri tended to put everyone else first. Although she did take care of herself, she didn’t urgently insist on getting the help she needed when it mattered the most. This is understandable. We tend to downplay our own needs. We don’t want to create a fuss. Doctors give us information, guidance, and valuable assistance. But you have to be the driver of your health. Keep asking questions and dig deeper for answers. Ultimately, you are responsible for your health. Many health issues that happen to you might not be your fault, but how you respond is up to you. Don’t wait. Take action. Insist on getting what you need.

3. Know your history. As the driver of your health, it’s your responsibility to know your history and health tendencies. There is so much diagnostic information available today. Take the time to use the valuable resources around you and get assistance from valued health care providers. Go to specialists if need be. Get your heart checked. Get your skin checked. Get your prostate checked. Do cancer screenings. Do dental and vision tests. Learn about healthy food choices from a dietician. Consider alternative therapies. Do these things so you know where you’re vulnerable, which helps you stay ahead of problems.

RIP my friend, Sheri.

Yoga Teacher Training is for everyone!

Why do they call it Yoga “Teacher” Training when it’s not restricted to teachers? I’ve been teaching and managing in the business of yoga for nearly 20 years, and this question crosses my mind often.

As a teacher who has led many trainings, I’ve witnessed the deep benefits and transformations that occur when a yogi immerses him or herself in something more profound, regardless of whether or not they have any intention of working in the yoga profession when all is said and done. As the Yoga Manager, I have the privilege of co-leading Club Greenwood’s 200 Hour YTT beginning August 21, collaborating with three highly skilled and soulful teachers: Deb Hilgert, Sara Lyn Howard and Soozie Kinstler. With this training, we have a platform to create a program which will speak to each individual’s personal, unique journey. Your own journey, which meets you where you are today and moves you toward something greater than yourself. If that’s not enough, here are four more reasons to dive in with us for Yoga Teacher Training:

Kula is Love. As a student in this program, you will grow in relationship and understanding with like-minded yogis and gain a more intimate appreciation for your “kula,” or community. A kula represents inclusion and belonging through the shared practice of yoga. Sharing your passion for yoga creates a space of love and acceptance unlike any other experience

Your Body, Yoga Anatomy. Yoga Teacher Training will heighten your curiosity about your own body, how it moves, breathes, heals, holds, releases, surrenders and responds. Unlike most 200 Hour YTT programs, ours will feature more than 30 hours of applied learning in Anatomy and Physiology, an added benefit to the program.

Yoga School is Fun! One 60-minute yoga class can change your perspective exponentially. Your teacher shares words of encouragement, a morsel on dharma or challenges you beyond your physical comfort zone and you’re immediately transported to a state of yoga bliss. This experience is magnified during a Yoga Teacher Training. While intense in nature and commitment, our training will offer plenty of moments of joy, laughter and opportunities to share your personal story. On your eight week journey, your body might notice change from the dedicated physical practice, your heart and mind space might awaken with more clarity, and you might be surprised that for the first time in your life, learning is fun.

Beyond The Pose. As yogis, there will always be another pose to master, but what happens if the shape you strive to perfect leaves you feeling less than accomplished? A true yogi is one who dedicates his or her life to mastering the finer details of the practice. In this training, you will learn how yoga translates off your mat through: the deep history and philosophy of yoga, the yoga Sutras or “threads of wisdom which offer guidelines for living a meaningful and purposeful life,” mindful breathing, the power of awareness and much more.

Yoga Teacher Training is for everyone. It can change your life. We welcome your spirit, enthusiasm and curiosity for what lies deep within you. For more information about our upcoming training, contact Malissa Schwamm, Yoga Manager, at 303.770.2582 x324.

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Developing a Fitness Plan for Success

Have you hit the mid-summer struggles?
Don’t worry- getting back on track is as simple as 1-2-3!

The key to success is setting yourself up to win and taking the consistent action to follow through on your plan. Making one positive step forward every day will have a stronger impact than a couple big steps taken every once in a while.

Step 1: Set Goals

  • Outcome- what outcome do you want to see?
  • Action- what consistent action will you need to follow to achieve the outcome?
  • Feeling- what feeling do you want to receive when you achieve your action and outcome goals?

Step Two: Select Activities

  • Cardio– improves health and functionality of the heart & lungs, increases calorie expenditure while reducing risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Strength– increases muscle mass, decreases risk of injury and helps maintain & improve bone density
  • Stability/Flexibility- increases muscle and joint mobility, improves balance and reduces risk of muscle imbalance related injuries

Step Three: Reward System

  • Reward after every achieved workout
  • Reward after every achieved outcome
  • Reward after every achieved feeling

Goal setting takes intentional time and effort to work thru the process but if you take the time to create a vision for what you want, an action plan on how to achieve your vision and a reward system to keep you on track, you will have taken the first solid step toward better fitness and health.

 

“A man who moves mountain begins by carrying away a small stone.” –Confucius

Do you need help with the goal setting process?

Please reach out to me so I can help! I would love to help you design a plan. I can help you connect with the 140+ complimentary classes to get you started, a Myzone fitness tracker to keep you accountable and even a personal trainer/small group training class that can help you focus on your specific outcome goal!

Gary Stotler
Member Coach
Club Greenwood

Back to school means back to you!

Disruption, dysfunction and an overhaul of your schedule means something has to give… don’t let that something be your fitness! You focused, you put in the hard work and enjoyed all our beautiful Colorado summer has to offer, but now life hits the accelerator again as the kids go back to school, the fall activities start ramping up and next thing you know it’ll be time to set those New Year resolutions again. Why not keep the momentum going now so you can continue moving in the direction of your goals?

I have the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life to set and achieve their fitness and health goals. All too often, I watch a disruption in routine turn progress upside down and I see the disappointment as months of progress starts to dwindle away. A new routine is either a chance to drift into inaction or prioritize what is important.

Does fitness and health make your priority list?

If so, here are a couple tips so you can keep taking action toward a better you.

  1. Review and refresh your goals
    • What do you want?
    • Why do you want it?
    • How are you going to get it?
  2. Schedule your self-care time at the club
    • It’s amazing how quickly our day gets away from us before it’s “too late” to get in a solid sweat before bed. Find a time and create a positive routine around your goal.
  3. Remember your “Why”
    • What will keep you taking action toward your goals? Finding a class you like, bonding with a workout partner or having the accountability of a personal trainer can make all the difference between what you want now and what you want later.
  4. Take the action
    • Stress is built on the lack of efficiency which comes from a lack of consistency. Develop an attainable action plan. You will be amazed at how quickly a week or two of consistently following your workout plan will skyrocket your self-confidence!
  5. Keep Going
    • Life will happen. Some days the kids will need to be in three places at once. A work trip unexpectedly arises. Progress comes from consistency, not perfection. If you miss a day, give yourself some grace but don’t quit.

 Are you looking for a way to stay accountable and grow with a community of people within Club Greenwood? Myzone is a great tool to measure your workout intensity, track your consistency and be a part of a supportive community! Join the “Back to school means back to you” Myzone Challenge so you can keep moving in the positive direction toward your goals!

Do you have questions about Myzone or need to set up your new belt? Contact Member Coach Gary Stotler for more information and to get started today!

Does it sometimes feel like you need to exercise 8 days a week to get healthy?

Gary Stotler, Member Coach

Let’s face it, with many of us spending 8-10 hours sitting behind a desk, there is a real need to get moving. So, how much movement do we really need to improve or maintain a healthy lifestyle? Remember “the good old days” when we were athletes, or in the best shape of our lives? Most likely working out was a habit. Then the realities of life hit and our schedules started to allow less and less dedicated time to hit the gym or go for a run and we drifted off our normal workout routine.

So where do we go from here?

I frequently hear how difficult and overwhelming it can be to know what to do, how to do it, and how much time it will take. We have to start where we are and work toward where we want to go.

I want to give you three tips on getting past the obstacles that may be in the way of your goals:

  1. An intentional 20 minute brisk walk is a great way to start RIGHT NOW! A little sunshine, fresh air and movement will be a great way to start or end your day with positive forward movement toward better health.
  2. We don’t have to work at 100% effort all the time. The importance of setting ourselves up for success through a realistic and achievable plan is the best way to gain traction and momentum. One of my mentors told me, a little progress achieved every day is much greater than a lot of action taken once in a while.
  3. A great way to move past a plateau is to grow beyond what you’re doing now. Myzone makes the transition simple to find your past movement patterns, develop a new set of training goals and keep you accountable as you increase your goals.

If you are finding yourself at a plateau or even falling down the other side, now is a great time to maximize your efforts. Take advantage of the beautiful Colorado weather. Set a new goal, try a new class and watch your consistent effort pay off in June!

The World Health Organization recommends just 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity each week.

How can Myzone help?

  • Myzone will help you understand your true effort level in real time which will help you modify your movements, speed and effort to maximize your time.
  • Just wear your Myzone tracker. The belt, app and advanced technology throughout Club Greenwood will do the rest! You’ll receive an email summary and you can view your workout history with a touch of a button on your mobile device.
  • Hold yourself accountable and help your community by engaging through the Myzone app, Myzone challenges and in specific classes held throughout the day at the club.

Myzone provides feedback, accountability and a community to help you stay on track and make fitness a habit again!

150 minutes of moderate exercise = Blue/Green zone- 50 minutes, 3 days a week

75 minutes of vigorous exercise = Green/Yellow/Red Zones- 25 minutes, 3 days per week

“I use the Zone Match classes within the Myzone App all the time. The app keeps fresh workouts at the touch of my fingers and they are simple, challenging and I can use a variety of equipment!” –Lisa

Earn up to $500 with MyZone

Join the MEP movement and your June workouts could be worth up to $500 in Cash! Participate in the Global Myzone MEP Challenge and be automatically entered to win. The MEPs start counting for cash on June 1. Don’t have a Myzone belt? Contact Gary Stotler for details at x335 or garys@clubgreenwood.com

Gary Stotler, Member Coach
303.770.2582 x335 | GaryS@ClubGreenwood.com

Is Pilates Worth the Money?

Sara Talbert
Director of Pilates

There are things in life worth paying a little extra for: direct flights, a quality mattress, a good haircut and…Pilates. Pilates? Yes! Pilates at Greenwood isn’t just another thing to buy, it’s an experience to savor. With Pilates, you can:

  1. Connect with neglected muscle groups. Pilates trains and activates the small muscles that tend to get less attention than others.
  2. Improve flexibility. In general, the more muscle mass you have, the less flexible you are. Pilates’ focus on lengthening helps prevent injuries and muscle strains and increases range of motion.
  3. Build core strength. Every Pilates exercise focuses on using your core to initiate movement in your limbs.
  4. Live more consciously. Pilates forces you to pay attention. You’ve got to focus on your breath while working through each movement, concentrating on proper form. After a Pilates session, you’ll feel refreshed and relaxed.
  5. Prevent injury. This kind of core training makes Pilates an excellent technique for whole-body fitness, as well as a foundation for cross training with other kinds of sports and exercise to balance the way you move.

We’re unique at Greenwood because we stay true to our work. We value quality over quantity and focus on fostering relationship: friendliness, respect and hospitality mean a lot to us. We bring naturally empathetic people onto our team, and we invest in their personal and professional growth so they can invest in yours. Pilates comes with a price, but its benefits are priceless.

Sara Talbert, Director of Pilates
303.770.2582 x375 | SaraT@ClubGreenwood.com

The Benefits of Swimming at Any Age

Crystal Garland, Director of Aquatics

No matter the age, it’s essential and never too early to make sure you and your kids are comfortable and water safe in the pool. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths for children, ages 1–14, according to the National Safe Kids Campaign. April is officially Adult Learn-to-Swim Month.

One of the biggest benefits of learning how to swim at any age is that swimming is FUN. Everyone loves getting in the water and enjoying themselves, but swimming also provides benefits that can keep children and adults healthy and happy at the same time:

  • Swimming keeps our heart and lungs healthy, improves strength and flexibility, increases stamina and even improves balance and posture.
  • Swimming provides challenges and rewards accomplishments, which helps children and adults to become self-confident and believe in their abilities.
  • Swimming allows plenty of opportunities to make friends and grow in confidence.

Club Greenwood has amazing instructors that have learned the art of teaching all swimmers how to be safe in the water, from blowing bubbles to floating, to using proper technique and being efficient in the water. For private swim lessons, we work with your schedule to find time to practice and achieve the goals of our swimmers. We also offer group swim lessons for children and adults.

Crystal Garland, Director of Aquatics
303.770.2582 x325 | CrystalG@ClubGreenwood.com

Keep the Momentum Going!

Andrea Morris, Director of Group Fitness

6 Ways to Stay on Track with Your New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Find something you enjoy.
    Whether it’s cycling, dancing, weight training, getting a great cardio and strength workout with equipment, punching and kicking, core work, a sweaty flow, or a nice stretch, we have something for you on the complimentary group fitness schedule.
  2. Schedule your workouts.
    Make an appointment with yourself. Even better, make an appointment with a friend to attend a class. You’re much more likely to make time for your workout if it’s scheduled and if another person can help keep you accountable.
  3. Set reasonable goals.
    Instead of trying to achieve everything all at once, focus on doing a little better with each and every workout. And stay consistent with your workouts.
  4. Add variety.
    A little variety goes a long way in creating some new motivation and excitement. If you’ve only ever done the treadmill, try some other type of cardio or weights or yoga.
  5. Connect with others.
    If you currently work out solo, try to recruit a friend. Meet others who enjoy the same workouts that you do in a group fitness class. A great partner can push you to work harder and truly challenge yourself, and social support can help you be more consistent with working out.
  6. Stop trying to be perfect.
    Trying to do things perfectly all the time is exhausting. Relax and enjoy the workout for what it is. To pay attention to the muscles working during each exercise. To be proud of what your body is capable of doing. It’s a tough challenge to focus on what your body can do instead of obsessing over how it looks. Relax and have some fun with your workouts.

Andrea Morris, Director of Group Fitness
303.770.2582 x312 | AndreaM@ClubGreenwood.com

It’s Time to Jump In to Water Fitness

Crystal Garland, Director of Aquatics

Whether or not you have ever taken a water fitness class, it’s time to jump in! Not only will you receive a great cardio workout, but you may be surprised by the strength training benefits you gain from using the water as resistance. Because of the buoyancy of the water, working out in the pool provides the perfect medium for those who must avoid high impact exercise. The following complimentary classes, 9:15–10:15am, Monday–Friday, are offered here at Club Greenwood. All levels are welcome and modifications are given to keep you safe.

Monday Aqua Intervals with Crystal
A high intensity interval class to challenge your cardiovascular system. May include stations, running exercises, steps, noodles and barbells.  Because of the water’s natural resistance, you will build muscle and gain muscular endurance.

Tuesday and Thursday Deep Water Challenge with Jeanette
A great cardiovascular workout using equipment or treading water. Includes intervals, circuits, balance challenges and strength training. Using a belt or noodle keeps you afloat so you can gain full range of motion with your legs, enhancing the muscle-building benefits.

Wednesday Water Fitness with Marlene
Based on Pilates principals, you’ll enjoy a fun class that includes cardio, strength training and brain balance while incorporating core, range of motion and balance to improve overall fitness. 

Friday Water Fitness Shallow-Deep Workout with Teresa
Experience a fun, exhilarating shallow-deep water combo workout! Enhance cardiovascular endurance, build total body strength, gain muscular definition, improve balance, agility, overall health and increase energy in this dynamic class!

We also offer a Saturday Deep Water class from 9–10am with rotating instructors.

See you in the pool!

Crystal Garland, Director of Aquatics
303.770.2582 x325 | CrystalG@ClubGreenwood.com

3 Reasons Water Fitness Works

Crystal Garland, Director of Aquatics

It’s getting cold outside but it’s still warm by our eight-lane indoor pool! Did you know we offer six complimentary water fitness classes for you to enjoy no matter the weather? These classes will get your heart rate up, burn calories and help you feel good in and out of the water, at any age! Our one-hour water fitness classes are offered Monday through Friday at 9:15am and Saturday at 9:00am. We’d love to see you there!

Here are three reasons to love water fitness classes at Greenwood:

Low Impact Advantage

The joint impact of running in the water is significantly less than that of running on land. Water fitness is great for those with joint conditions or currently undergoing physical rehabilitation.

Class Variety

We offer three Aqua Fit classes in the shallow lanes and two deep water classes. (View the schedule.) Our instructors will coach you, challenge you and provide motivation. Water-based classes offer the same benefits you get from other fitness classes, including muscle toning, improvement of posture and balance and increased flexibility.

Plenty of Cardio

Regardless of your fitness level, you can get a great workout in the water. Your instructor will offer plenty of modifications to increase or decrease the difficulty of the moves and you’re always free to go at your own pace. The combination of strength and cardio workouts, mixed with water resistance, ensures you’re getting a full body workout!

Crystal Garland, Director of Aquatics
303.770.2582 x325 | CrystalG@GreenwoodATC.com