When it comes to healthcare, the best medicine is no medicine at all. Preventive measures keep the doctor at bay and that means taking a stance when it comes to being and staying healthy. The first step to healthy living for most of us is turning that ever elusive exercise program into a daily habit.
Many have heard that a mere 30 minutes of exercise every day can add years to a life. Exercise benefits the mind and body while extending the years of health that one may look forward to. The owners of Wolff Health & Fitness understand this simple fact, but they also understand something else: when it comes to exercise, many people simply do not know what to do.
Many gyms and workout facilities offer space and equipment, but individual exercise programs that help clients understand the types of exercise they should be doing and why costs extra. Not at Wolff. Wolff Health & Fitness members are treated to a personalized training program geared to their needs from day one.
“What we have really designed and evolved is a very structured, guided and hands-on approach to strength training. Most Americans can’t figure out how to do a safe and productive strength routine. Members just need to show up and we’ll take care of the rest,” said Mike Wolff who co-owns Wolff Health & Fitness with his father, George and his two brothers, Richard and Kevin.
Strength training is really the key to staying young well into the later years of life. Although cardiovascular training helps maintain a healthy heart, strength training maintains a healthy body overall. The folks at Wolff Fitness also understand the average American today leads a very busy life. The strength training system at Wolff takes this into account as members only need to commit to a simple program that they perform twice a week for 30 minutes.
For the members of Wolff Health & Fitness, simplicity is a key element to their success. According to Mike Wolff, the simpler the program the greater the chance of a person sticking to it, and if they stick to it then they have a greater chance of success. To this end, the owners and employees of Wolff Fitness plan members’ workouts, help them keep charts of their sessions and watch their progress.
“We feel that it’s necessary to have this type of fitness center in the industry. In general, the industry is going in the direction of being cheaper and less service oriented. The industry is really failing people on the customer service side of things,” said Wolff.
Ultimately, it’s this customer service approach that helps Wolff Health & Fitness stand out from the crowd. Working with each member on an individual level keeps them coming back time and again to take on the challenge of staying physically fit. Yet, it’s not just exercise that helps keep the mind and body both vibrant and strong. Many forms of preventive medicine exist.
Provena Saint Joseph Hospital–Elgin offers many programs through its Community Outreach & Education department. These programs educate, screen and help individuals keep themselves healthy. When it becomes necessary, there are also classes and programs that help individuals manage a variety of health problems such as diabetes and high blood
One particularly unique aspect of Provena St. Joe’s is its hospital-based labyrinth. This wellness opportunity is the only hospital-based one available in the state of Illinois. The labyrinth helps fulfill the hospital’s goal of caring for a person’s mind, body and spirit. Often considered a sacred and holy place, the labyrinth offers visitors a place to get away from the stress of everyday living and focus on more spiritual matters.
Other components of Provena St. Joe’s wellness program includes: massage therapy, Reiki, Tai Chi and three different levels of yoga classes (beginners, health and seniors). The hospital’s focus on a person’s overall well-being helps people stay healthy longer, and when they are sick, get healthy quicker. These programs, along with many others, take the time to address people’s needs on an individual level, which ultimately leads to better care and more satisfied patients.
This attention at the level of individual health helps to encourage patients and their families to take care of themselves. With a little hard work, some knowledge and a helping hand, everyone can benefit from taking the preventive medicine route.