Living Well – May 2016

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Issue 41 - May 2016

2016 Toledo Heart Walk

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The 2016 Toledo Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s signature fundraising event supporting our mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  That single purpose drives all we do.  The need for our work is beyond question.  The American Heart Association is reducing the devastating impact of heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 5 killers in the United States.  A successful Heart Walk will give us the opportunity to help fulfill the American Heart Association’s commitment to fund the research and education that is critical to reducing heart disease and stroke, especially in Northwest Ohio.

The Heart Walk promotes physical activity and heart healthy living in an environment that’s fun for the entire family.  Nearly 4,000 people will gather here in Toledo and raise these all important funds.  Walk or run with friends, family, co-workers, or strangers you’ll bond with along the way.  Anyway you choose to do it, your heart will thank you for it!

Visit the vendor area before and after the walk/run for a health fair, free screenings, health tips, massages, free refreshments, a fun Kids Zone, and more!

Join us – the life you save could be your own!


Save the Date!

Join Wildwood for the Heart Walk

May 14th, 2016

Team Company: ProMedica

Company Group: Wildwood

Team Name: Walk or Run Getting It Done

Team Captain: Wendy Bahmer

To Register: click on


Event Information

3 Healthy Foods That Require Portion Control

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I am asked all the time if (insert food here) is “good” or “bad.” My answer is nearly always “it depends,” because a single food isn’t inherently “good” or “bad”, what matters is quantity and frequency. Eating one salad a month doesn’t make your healthy, just as eating one dish of ice cream a month doesn’t make you unhealthy. There are some nutrient-dense foods that are easy to go overboard with if you don’t pay attention to quantity. What are they? Read on.

Elizabeth BedellElizabeth Bedell is a registered and licensed dietitian and the Coordinator for ProMedica Executive Health Program. For her full bio, please click here.

Interested in a personalized nutrition plan to meet your health and fitness goals? Elizabeth Bedell, is now available for consultations at Wildwood Athletic Club.  Call 419-539-0235 for more information or to set up your appointment.

Staff Spotlight – Kyle Webb

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Kyle WebbI’m a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in Exercise Science. I’m excited to start working here at ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club. I absolutely love physical fitness and all of the benefits that living a healthy lifestyle can do for the body. I’m a big believer in the “you get out what you put in” style of training. Keeping the body healthy and in shape isn’t always the easiest thing to accomplish, but improving each and every day is worth the hard work. While I think exercise should push someone, it should also be fun. Finding physical activities you love to do can benefit not only your physical shape, but help promote mental wellness. Personally, I love to get outside and do anything from kayaking to playing ultimate Frisbee. I look forward to becoming a member of the ProMedica team and getting the chance to work with everyone.

Kids’ Cardio Drumming

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drummingThursdays 11:30-12:15

June and July

Kids age 7-14,
Free for members, $20 per non-member child

We know you love Cardio Drumming and now your kids have a chance to join in the fun! Have your kids participate in June and July for these 45 minute kid-friendly sessions in which they will have so much fun they won’t realize that they are exercising!

25 Minutes for 25 Days

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Mothers’ Day Special

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Members and non-members who are looking for a great Mother’s Day gift can take advantage of our Mother’s Day Special. See the flyer for details!


Effective Exercises to Target the Glutes

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Elizabeth Andrews, Contributor

Elizabeth Andrews,
Contributor |

The glutes are one of the largest muscle groups in the body and are vital for both life and sport. Unfortunately, dysfunctions elsewhere in the body can create problems in the glutes and hips. For example, dysfunction in the foot can translate into hip and glute dysfunction. The following exercises are designed to help offset dysfunction in the glutes by increasing lateral and pelvic stability and eccentric control, and by generating power through extension.

The exercises are listed in a progressive order, from easiest to most challenging. As always, exercises should be performed as long as the quality can be maintained. Once form begins to suffer, have clients stop to rest and reset or recover completely. Begin with 1 set of 5-10 reps and then progress to 2 or 3 sets of 10 reps or more as the client’s fitness improves.


Step and Shift

This exercise is designed to test the eccentric activation of the front leg’s glute. It should “turn on” immediately without any hip grip or knee drop.

Step out with the right leg. The body position should look similar to a lunge, but with minimal flexion of the knees and hips. The glute of the right leg should feel loaded and lit up while moving forward. Slowly shift the weight back and forth and repeat several times. Switch sides and repeat the movements on the opposite leg.


McGill Bridge

This exercise involves trying to keep hamstrings turned off, enabling the glutes to do the primary work.

Lie supine on the floor, with the toes against the wall. Actively slide the toes into the wall, using the quads to isometrically extend the knees. The idea is to inhibit the hamstrings. While maintaining a neutral spine and level hips, extend the hips up toward the ceiling. Slowly and with control, lower back down to the starting position.


McGill Bridge Single Leg

Follow the above directions, making sure the level hip line can be maintained. If it cannot, go back to bilateral stance. Raise one leg up, directing the bottom of the foot at the ceiling.


TRX Crossing Lunge

Adjust the straps of a TRX Suspension Trainer to mid-length and stand facing the anchor point. Hold the handles, keeping the elbows under the shoulders and the palms facing one another. With the left leg lifted, begin to lower the tailbone toward the floor. Move the left knee toward the floor, across the midline and behind the right heel. Keep both knees bent at 90 degrees. Drive the right heel into the floor to return to a standing position. Repeat on the opposite side.


Eccentric Step Down With Body Weight Only

Begin by standing on a bench that is about 10 to 12 inches high. Using only body weight, lift the left leg and slowly lower toward the floor. Be mindful of the torso and maintain integrity throughout the movement. Do not let the weight of the left leg drop to the floor; simply tap the heel first, before relaxing the weight of the body to the floor. Step back onto the bench and repeat; work both sides.


Eccentric Step Down With Load

Once the step down has been mastered using body weight only, add an external load such as dumbbells.