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Benefits of Corporate Team Building Events

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

FieldHouse, Sudbury, MAOver the past several decades, management theory has evolved from the promotion of competitive work environments to the development of cooperative ones. As part of this evolution, businesses, especially small businesses, have put an ever-increasing emphasis on team building. Team building activities, whether they are five-minute games or week-long retreats, teach essential collaborative skills while helping employees develop trust in each other and each other's abilities.

Improve Productivity

Very often the main goal of team building activities is to improve productivity. As employees learn to work together more effectively, they are able to do their work more efficiently. Less time has to be spent correcting errors and work can be divided according to team member abilities, reducing repetitive or overlapping work. Team building activities often give employees the opportunity to identify ways to improve processes, policies or procedures that have inhibited productivity.

Increase Motivation

Team building activities can increase employee motivation in several ways. First, when employees succeed in team building activities, they become more confident, which boosts their motivation. Second, commitment to team building activities demonstrates that the business is willing to invest in their success. Third, employees are often more motivated when they gain trust in their fellow employees and feel confident that their work as a team will be recognized and appreciated.

Foster Problem Solving

Team building events typically involve introducing a problem that team members have to solve together. The problem solving skills that they practice in a simulation can transfer to into the workplace. Through the activities, team members gain the skills that let them identify barriers to accomplishing goals and come up with ways to overcome those barriers. Team building activities can give employees structured ways to solve problems together while making each aware of the resources that each team member brings to the workplace.

Encourage Creativity

Team building activities take employees out of their usual environment and give them an out-of-the-ordinary task to perform. This environment often gives permission for employees to be more creative and to use their imagination to accomplish the tasks set before them. It also sends the message to employees that their creativity is welcome in the workplace. These creative problem-solving skills transfer back to the workplace once the activities are complete.

For more information on corporate team building, contact The FieldHouse in Sudbury.

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Tips to Lose Weight in Your 50’s and Beyond, Part II

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 12, 2018

FieldHouse, Sudbury, MAHere are some expert-approved tips that will help you change your diet, lose weight, and set you up for better health in your 50’s and beyond. Last week we blogged about weight loss tips 1-3.

Tip No. 4: Load up on protein.

If ever there was a time to focus on getting enough lean protein, it's now. There is some evidence that older adults need more protein. A study found that increasing protein intake could help older adults build muscle. That can help counteract age-related muscle loss.

Aim for roughly 30 grams at each meal and more if you tend to crave carb-rich foods. Not only does adequate protein help support muscle growth and repair (which, when coupled with resistance training, will help increase metabolic rate and overall calorie burn), but it's also more satiating than carbs and fats, meaning you'll be less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks.

Tip No. 5: Be patient.

While it's just as possible to reach your healthy weight at 60-something as it is when you were 20-something, it might take a little longer. You might not be able to push yourself as hard as you'd like to during workouts, leading to a lower calorie-burn than you used to hit. Or, you may not be as strong as you once were, prompting you to lift lighter weights (also lowering that calorie-burn number you see on your heart rate monitor).

If you stick to a healthy diet and exercise plan, your weight will take care of itself over time.

Tip No. 6: Stretch yourself.

The more flexible you are, the more you will enjoy any physical activity you do and the less chance you'll have of hurting yourself. And at 60+, a less active lifestyle and an increase in aches and pains can make your flexibility plummet. Consider taking a yoga class or even simply adding a few stretches to your day, particularly after you've taken a walk or warmed up your muscles in some other way.

Tip No. 7: Change your attitude.

If you've got phrases like "Gaining weight is part of the aging process" or "Everybody my age is overweight" on repeat, it's time for new mantras. It's important to avoid slipping into a mindset that will prevent you from losing weight.

Last week we offered tips 1-3, you can see them here. For more information on losing weight as you age, contact the FieldHouse in Sudbury.

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Tips to Lose Weight in Your 50’s and Beyond

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 05, 2018

FieldHouse, Sudbury, MAHere are some expert-approved tips that will help you change your diet, lose weight, and set you up for better health in your 50’s and beyond. Stay tuned next week for tips 4-7.

Tip No. 1: Focus on fat loss, not weight loss.

Forget about stepping on the scale. As you age, you cannot afford to lose muscle, organ tissue, or bone mass, which means focusing on the number on the scale is especially inappropriate. Instead simply measure your waist size. The general rule of thumb is that your waist size should be no more than half your height. So, a woman who's 5' 4" (or 64 inches) should have a waist size no larger than 32 inches; a man who's 5' 9" (or 69 inches) should have a waist no larger than 34.5 inches.

Tip No. 2: Drink plenty of water.

This is a tip for anyone trying to lose weight and boost overall health, but it's especially important as we get older. That's because as we age, the hypothalamus (which controls our hunger and thirst) becomes desensitized, dulling our thirst signals.

Plus, many older people avoid drinking water so they can avoid running to the bathroom constantly. This is especially true for men with prostate issues and women with bladder limitations.

Since water is key for digestion and metabolism—and our bodies can easily mistake thirst for hunger, which causes us to eat more than we actually need—it's important to make sure you're getting enough. You might set an alarm on your phone at regular intervals so you're reminded to keep sipping throughout the day.

Tip No. 3: Add strength training to your routine.

Muscle mass decreases with age. (At age 50, you've got about 20% less muscle mass than you did when you were 20, and unfortunately it only goes downhill from there.) You also know that muscle loss equals a slower metabolism, which explains why you're more likely to put on (and hold on to) those extra pounds that seem to creep up with every birthday. But there is something you can do about it: lift weights.

Of course, if you don't have a consistent weight training regimen, you'll want to start slowly and lift light weights; this will give your body time to adapt without placing too much strain on your muscles or joints and help you avoid injury.

However, don't get too comfortable with an easy resistance-training program. It is important to aim to gradually increase the amount of weight you lift. It's critical that significant resistance exercise be incorporated into any fat loss plan over age 60.

You know you're lifting the right amount of weight if you can just barely make it to the end of your repetitions before needing to rest.

Next week, see our blog for tips 4-7!

For more information on losing weight as you age, contact The FieldHouse.

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