Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring Tips for Seniors

  • Get at least 15 minutes of simple exercise, like walking, biking, swimming or gardening, each day.
  • Attend a balance and exercise program designed to help build balance, strength and flexibility.
  • Ask your healthcare provider for an assessment of your risk of falling.
  • Review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Get your vision and hearing checked, and talk to your vision and hearing specialists about falls.
  • Eat regularly and choose a variety of vegetables and calcium-rich foods.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Great Job, Chelmsford!!!

I just wrapped up a Group Exercise program this week for Chelmsford Municipal employees.  It went very well.  We covered a host of exercise modalities including conditioning drills, strength training with resistance bands, and balance work.  I always enjoy getting back the completed evaluations from the participants.  The feedback was overwhelmingly positive.  Here's what a few of my students had to say...

  • "Paul C. is the best!  Great trainer- patient, observant, always ready to suggest a modification, kept a good pace, challenging enough but no so hard we get discouraged."
  • Paul Connolly is a terrific coach- motivating instructor!  He is passionate about his job, patient with students and offers positive reinforcement with encouraging words.  Great coaching skills, fun music, humor, and positive energy."
  • "Paul was a fantastic teacher, very encouraging and happy to answer any questions we had.  He also taught us a wide range of exercises and stretches every week.  I really enjoyed each week and looked forward to working hard every week."
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed the entire class and thought Paul was a great instructor, especially his detail to instruction.  I never really took a class that touched upon a little of everything.  I really liked it and wished the gym had a class like Paul's!!"
  • "Paul is a great coach.  He is very knowledgeable, helpful, funny, and motivating.  He sends weekly emails with lots of helpful information regarding health, exercise, and overall well-being.  I strongly encourage other employees to take his class as I always get so much out of his programs." 
  • "I would take this class over and over- best thing I do for myself all week.  Paul was a supportive instructor and the class was very challenging, but Paul was easy to follow and modifies exercises as needed."
  • "Paul was very attentive to making sure everyone was safely working hard."
  • "I looked forward to each class.  I felt thoroughly energized after each class."
  • "I've learned to focus on my breathing which has certainly helped me to be successful with the exercise positions.  Paul is a wonderful instructor.  He has a comforting demeanor.  He explains every move with precision for anyone to be successful.  He is extremely encouraging and has a great sense of humor."
  • "Paul did a great job of doing the exercises with the group.  He was easy to follow and very supportive of everyone."  
  • "This class increased my overall strength & balance and increased cardio tolerance.  Instructor was awesome!  Always patient and challenging."
  • "Paul Connolly is motivating, pleasant, informative, and focused on improving the health of his participants."
  • "Excellent explanation and demonstration of each exercise and stretch, including the modifications."
  • "Excellent instructor- explained why we were doing exercises and always gave modifications."
  • "Paul is excellent at motivating and being positive"
  • "Paul Connolly is an awesome instructor.  He was so personable.  He shared great tips and modifications to those of us who were older.  He was very motivational.  Great class!"
  • "I enjoyed working with Paul.  No matter what level you are at, it can work."

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Omega 3 'Super Foods'

  • Wild Alaska Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Anchovies
  • Mackerel
  • Herring
  • Trout
  • Gras-Fed Meat
  • Omega-3 Enriched Eggs

Wednesday, April 08, 2015