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5 Quick and Easy Daily Exercise Tips

Photo from Flickr by Kevin Dooley

Photo from Flickr by Kevin Dooley

Let’s face it. When it comes to exercising, we tend to brush it aside pretty quickly. It takes too much time, we say. Who has time to go to the gym after work when the kids need to be fed and laundry needs to be done and you have a big presentation at work tomorrow?

Juggling life isn’t easy. But exercising doesn’t always have to be complicated. Yes, going to the gym or getting outside to exercise is important, but there are other quick and easy ways to get a couple of minutes of exercise in while you’re working on other things.

Here are some of our favorite suggestions. Give these a try. We’re willing to bet you can squeeze some of these into your daily routine.

1. Going to the store? Park farther away from the door.

Why would you want to do that? Because the extra few steps you walk are a good way to get a brief bit of exercising in.  If you’re going grocery shopping and you have a couple of extra minutes, consider pushing your cart an extra lap around the store before heading to the checkout. Or take an extra lap around the mall. Either way, be sure to wear comfortable shoes!

2. Cooking dinner? Do counter push-ups in the kitchen.

It may seem bizarre at first glance, but this suggestion from Prevention Magazine actually makes a lot of sense. While you’re waiting for dinner to bake or water to boil, put your arms on the counter and do some standing push-ups. The article suggests standing about an arm’s length away from the counter for maximum impact.

3. Watching TV? Grab a quick workout during commercial breaks.

Instead of sitting and watching commercials, take advantage of the time and try this simple exercise suggested by Seventeen magazine called a “Star Pass.” Here’s how the article describes it:

“Start in a standing position with your arms over your head, holding the remote control in between both hands. Bend to your right, lifting your left leg off the ground so that your body looks like a star. Then repeat to the left.”

4. Eating lunch at work? Sneak a quick walk in on your lunch break.

More and more professionals are taking advantage of their midday 30- or 60-minute breaks to get a brisk walk in. According to Fitness Magazine, a walk is not only good for you physically, but it will help make you more productive in those sluggish afternoon hours than sitting and eating lunch at your desk.

5. Have chores to do around the house? Make them exercise moments.

The American Heart Association offers several great tips for making the most out of those household chores we dislike so much. Use a push mower to mow the grass. Take the dog for a walk. Stretch while reaching things on high shelves. Squat to reach things on low shelves. If possible, walk or bike to the store instead of driving. All of these things seem minor, but together would add up to a fairly substantial workout.

While those may be our favorites, there are many, many more possibilities for adding exercise moments to your daily routine.  What are some things you’re doing to improve your exercising during the week? Leave us a comment, we would love to hear about it.

How to burn 300 – 500 calories an hour

By incorporating exercises into things we already do every day, we create new habits for ourselves that will improve our health. If you don’t have time to go to the gym, try some of these exercises, then try a more rigorous workout on days when you have a less hectic schedule. Establishing a routine is important!

Want to know our secret way to burn 300 – 500 calories per hour? Read this.

What’s Happening at Rhoades Car

We’ve been really busy. Here are some important messages from us you may have missed!

Rhoades Car Looking to Expand its Exclusive Dealer Network

Looking for a way to earn additional income, set your own schedule and have some fun? Rhoades Car, a certified Made-in-the-USA manufacturer of 4-wheel quadracycles, is looking to expand its dealer network and the great news is that you do … Continue reading →

When Customer Service Really Means Going the Extra Mile(s)

Every company is faced with challenges every now and then. But what do you do when you have a shipment sitting on a truck in Michigan and the trucking company does not have a small delivery truck to deliver to a remote area? Continue reading →

The Rhoades SOLARped Series – 100% Powered by the Sun

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Therapeutic Exercise for People with Joint Replacements

Couple with multiple joint replacements said if it weren’t for their Rhoades Car, they would get very little exercise. Continue reading →

Economic Forecast Right for Rhoades Car

Rhoades Car as a healthy alternative to a golf cart is set to play a much larger role in transportation as the trend for more frugal urban living increases with Americans wanting to live closer to workplaces, shopping, schools, and other community gathering places. Continue reading →

Americans See Real Rewards from Workplace Wellness Programs

by Bill Pomakoy, Rhoades Car company president:

An interesting study was just released by Principal Financial (see below) regarding worksite wellness programs.  The study shows that an overwhelming majority of employees embrace appropriate corporate wellness programs.

Rhoades Car has an entire fleet of 4-wheel industrial quadracycles (4-wheel bikes) for companies looking to offer a healthy and efficient means of factory transportation as well as a way for employees to get a healthy workout while on morning/afternoon breaks, lunch, or after shifts.  Call us at 800-531-2737 and ask about our corporate health and wellness program for your company.

IMG_7966Here’s the article:

Employers offer incentives to increase program participation

DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–More American workers recognize the rewards of participating in workplace wellness programs, according to the latest Principal Financial Well-Being IndexSM: American Workers. Sixty-two percent of workers, up from 55 percent 2011, believe workplace wellness activities are successful in improving health and reducing health risks.

“In the wake of the financial crisis, which has left many companies stretched thin, maintaining a productive workforce is a priority for organizations.”

The index, which surveys American workers at growing businesses with 10-1,000 workers1, is released by the Principal Financial Group® and conducted by Harris Interactive®. These findings focusing specifically on wellness attitudes and behaviors among American workers were taken from the fourth quarter 2012 Index.

By taking advantage of workplace wellness offerings, American employees are approaching their work with more energy and motivation. Fifty-one percent of program participants feel wellness benefits encourage them to work harder and perform better, and another 59 percent of program participants say they have more energy to be productive at work as a result of their participation in employer-sponsored wellness programs.

IMG_0158“As wellness programs become more established in the workplace, we are seeing a growing number of employees appreciate – and expect – that their employer offers these benefits,” said Lee Dukes, president of Principal Wellness Company, a subsidiary of the Principal Financial Group. “In the wake of the financial crisis, which has left many companies stretched thin, maintaining a productive workforce is a priority for organizations.”

Nearly half (45 percent) of employees agree that an employer-sponsored wellness program would encourage them to stay in their current employment situation, up from 40 percent 2011. Additionally, 43 percent of participants say wellness programs have led them to miss fewer days of work, up eight percent from 2011. Despite the apparent benefits, about a third (34 percent) of workers still do not participate in any of the wellness programs offered by their employers.

Employer Incentives on the Rise

As wellness programs become more popular, employers are offering a variety of ways to encourage employees to participate. The survey shows the top three ways employees are encouraged by their employers to participate in wellness programs are: encouragement by management (20 percent), lower health insurance costs to those who participate (20 percent), or allotted time for participation during the workday (20 percent, up from 9 percent). Only a little more than a third (36 percent) say their employers do not offer any encouragement to participate in wellness benefits, a significant divergence from the previous three years, when about half of participants said their employer did nothing to encourage wellness program participation.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAParticipants also cited an increase in the following employer incentives:

Seventeen percent, up from 9 percent the previous year, say their employer offers contributions into a health savings account or health reimbursement account;

Sixteen percent, up from 12 percent the previous year, say their employer provides other financial incentives such as gift certificates or discounts for those who participate;

And 10 percent, up from 6 percent the previous year, report that their employer rewards additional paid time off from work to participants.

“It’s in every employer’s interest to have healthier, happier, more productive employees,” said Dukes. “Employers have to do more than offer wellness programs; in order to see the benefits, they have to incent participation.”

Rhoades Car Customer Not Worried About Soaring Gas Prices!

By Beth Baker

Director of Customer Relations, Rhoades Car International

David King of central Wyoming isn’t worried about $5 a gallon gas — because he’s been riding a Rhoades Car for the past 13 years!  A few days ago, we received this unsolicited email from David:

I just thought you might like to know that my single-seat Rhoades Car, which is 13 years old, is still rolling along the highways and byways of central Wyoming. And I, at the age of 72, am still happily pushing its pedals. Thank you for a helluva lotta enjoyment and good health over the years!”

We’re thrilled that David has had 13 years of Rhoades Car enjoyment and wish him many more.  Did you notice that he mentioned “enjoyment and health” in his email?  Not only is he saving money on gas by riding a Rhoades, but he is staying in shape and having a great time!

Funny thing about rising gas prices – as gas prices soar so do sales of Rhoades Cars.  So far in 2012, sales are up over 100%.  Why?  Because riding a Rhoades can be a solution for many people as an alternative means of transportation in order to save money on gas AND get much needed exercise. Add in our 1 hp electric-assist motor option and it becomes a hybrid (pedal power and electric motor combo). That is one of the major reasons we were named Tennessee Green Business Innovator of the Year in 2011.

According to a recent study from the Oil Price Information Service, fuel prices are up 13.6% from a year ago and 76% higher than in December 2008. A FoxNews.com article earlier this week stated, “Americans spent 8.4 percent of their household income on gasoline last year when gas averaged $3.51 a gallon — that’s double the percentage a decade ago.”  No way around it – we’re headed for a big spike in gas prices again in 2012.  It’s time to look for alternatives!

Although the majority of our sales are here in the USA, we have individuals, couples and families all over the world ordering our 4-wheel bikes and many of them are adding our electric-assist motor option.  With gasoline prices climbing dramatically, gas savings is important but family health and overall fitness weigh heavily in the decision too.  So riding a Rhoades is a true win-win-win!  You get gas savings, exercise AND family fun.  After all, we need more Leave it to Beaver and less Virtual Reality in our society.  This is a great way for families to recapture that special time together.

A few weeks ago, Rhoades Car was featured on the Emmy award-winning and #1 locally produced PBS show in the country – Tennessee Crossroads.  They did a great job of showing how we are a Certified Made-in-The-USA product so when you purchase a Rhoades Car, you are supporting American workers. Here’s a link to the 6 ½ minute segment –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXN7Rv1Ly-c&feature=plcp&context=C33f14bfUDOEgsToPDskJxOGrtb3kGPRkGT3KHdg-M

So whether you are young or old, married or single, short or tall, overweight or skin and bones, have a small family or a large family, there’s a 1, 2 or 4 seat Rhoades Car 4-wheel bike just for you.  Just ask David King who is in his 13th year of riding his 1-person Rhoades Car!

For more information about Rhoades Car International, visit www.RhoadesCar.com, call 800-531-2737 or send an email to news@rhoadescar.com.


One Foot Forward

By: Julie Alexander, Govt Contracts, Grants, and Sustainability Coordinator

Do you ever have one of those days where you believe you cannot put one foot in front of the other?  Do you ever feel that one step forward equates to several stumbles backwards?

Many of us experience this down our road to wellness.  Those initial pounds seem to easily fly off as we diligently stick to the newest fad diet for a few weeks.  Then the proverbial, impenetrable wall rears its ugly head and hand stamps your face with a brick imprint that seems to laugh in the face of your adversity.  At this point the tears begin to roll and the frustration of expectations not being met scream out in our daily interactions.  Giving up seems like the only option, and diving into that tub of cookies and cream ice cream gives the illusion of satisfaction from the pain of failing. But, the reality of the “wish it were only a fun house” mirror creates an abyss of despair, and we begin to cycle back into habits that die slow, and hard.

Perhaps our expectation of a quick fix is what puts our undies in a bundle.  What if we looked at the reality of our situation and decided to rationally approach our roads to wellness with the mindset that time is what it took to look a certain way, and time is what it is going to take to be a certain way?  Do you think our mindset on wellness would change if we took responsibility for how we nourish our bodies and for how we move our bodies? The abyss of despair and the cycling diets could cease if we listened to what our bodies needed, and not to what the television tells our minds to want.

Here’s a little tip: wellness does not come without extraordinary effort, willpower, and determination.  If you take each day in stride with a positive attitude you will change your life.  Make small changes every 21 to 30 days.  If you try to change several items concerning your health in one sitting, you will fail.  The stress will overpower any well-intended efforts if you choose to change everything at once.  Start with changing your drinking habits until you do not have to think about it any longer.  Drink half your body’s weight worth of ounces of water a day (e.g. 150 lbs drink 75 oz).  Choose water instead of soda; and almond or coconut milk instead of sugary tea or juice. When you find yourself subconsciously choosing the healthier option, you are ready to change your diet or your exercise routine.

Ultimately, your attitude will guide you through changing your overall wellness.  Feel free to post a question or concern now, or wait for our 90 Day Rhoade to Wellness Program to launch in July!