Elliptical Trainers’ Popularity Shows No Signs of Waning

Filed under: Family — Tags: — Wayne @ 8:47 am June 20, 2015

The popularity of elliptical trainers has been steadily rising since their first appearance, and there seems to be no danger of that fading, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association’s (SGMA), North Palm Beach, Fla., Superstudy of Sports Participation.

Since SGMA began tracking U.S. participation trends for elliptical trainers in 1997, participants have grown from 2.4 million to 6.2 million (in 2012), an increase of approximately 160 percent. The growth rate of elliptical trainer use has made it the fastest-growing fitness trend in the U.S., according to SGMA.

The study found several trends among elliptical participants: Users are more likely to be female, perhaps have knee problems, and be between the ages of 18 and 35. According to the study, females outnumber male elliptical users by a 60 to 40 percent margin. It also found that ellipticals appeal to users with knee problems. T (more…)

Bridging the Generation Gap

Filed under: Family,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Ronda @ 7:16 am December 19, 2013

I said we were going to do it anyway. My mother was silent. But when my son put up a tearful fight in her presence, she protested again.

“It’s cruel,” she said. “I can’t stand it.” And when, a few weeks later, he was ill and would not drink, sure enough, the first thing she lobbied for was to go back to the bottle. Unsure of myself this time around, I capitulated. My mother took the bottle to him. And even though it turned out that he didn’t want it anymore, she considered it a victory for grandmotherly compassion.

“Look,” my mom said some time afterward, “I’m the grandmother. You put him in my hands, and I’m not going to listen to any ‘expert.’ I’m going to give him a bottle and anything else he wants. When he’s with you, you’ll do it your way.”

Grandmother love. As frustrated as I sometimes am with such debates, I still consider myself a winner in these situations. As a single parent, I want and need my mother to be very involved. Even her disagreements about how I am doing things make me feel secure about her support. After all, how can you lose if your mother loves your son that much?

Grandparent Love
But this is not how the books tell grandparents to behave. Grandparents are advised to play by the parent’s rules. They are reminded that they are not the ones in charge. When they forget, they approach the line that can make grandparenting so touchy at times.

“I know that nobody loves my beautiful boy the way I and my husband do– except my parents,” my friend Paula confided to me. “I welcome my mother’s advice. I need it. But I also rail against being put into the child’s position again. And I want to reserve the right to reject what she says.”

Some call grandparent love the purest love there is. It is a love that is just there — unconditional and instinctive, a deep well for the newest arrival to the family to imbibe. But dealing with the parents of that precious child is not quite as instinctive. It all goes back to the dynamics between parent and child. All the old issues of control vs. autonomy, your way vs. my way and your values vs. my values are dredged up. (more…)