Frequently Asked Questions

Fitness FAQs

Q: What are my “must have” devices and equipment to start?

A: We encourage all new clients to start with resistance tubes (10lbs to 30lbs), a 65cm exercise ball, and a yoga mat. You can order this equipment directly from the Onward Wellness website. If you choose not to invest in the equipment there are still plenty of equipment-free exercises that the Virtual Fitness Instructors can perform to provide you with a quality and fulfilling workout.

Q. If I am in a wheelchair or use an assistive device, how can I perform the exercises virtually?

A. Onward’s Virtual Fitness Instructors are specifically trained to know how to adapt exercises in order to create successful outcomes for individuals no matter their physical condition/limitations.

Q. What if I don’t have the stamina to perform a full-length fitness session?

A. No stamina, no problem! The Virtual Fitness Instructors can tailor a workout regimen for you that gradually builds up your endurance so you can complete a full 45-minute session whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced fitness enthusiast.

Q. Are virtual fitness sessions really effective?

Virtual fitness is very effective, but only if you stay dedicated to consistently attending weekly fitness sessions. Also, eating properly and continuing to condition independently on the days you don’t meet with a Virtual Fitness Instructor is key. As the old saying goes, you get out what you put into it!

Meditation FAQs

Q. How long should I meditate?

A. According to the Manhattan Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness-based clinical interventions such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) typically recommends practicing meditation for 40-45 minutes per day

Q. What are the benefits of meditation in my daily life?

A. Meditation can reduce high blood pressure, stress, anxiety, chronic pain, and depression. It enhances focus, attention span, exercise tolerance, energy, and vigor.

Nutrition FAQs

Q: What is the difference between an initial nutrition consultation and an individual nutrition session?

A: An initial nutrition consultation is the first meeting between a client and dietician. Topics of discussion are typically finding out the client’s goals, objectives, and reasons for wanting nutrition guidance. Also, a review of medical history, medications, and supplements usually takes place. Once the initial nutrition consultation is completed, following are the individual nutrition sessions that take place weekly, monthly, or quarterly. The dietician’s responsibility is to ensure that client’s are adhering to their goals and objectives by performing tasks like filling out their food logs/diaries, keeping track of their caloric consumption, eating the proper foods on the diet plan which the dietician designed, and answering any nutritional comments, questions, or concerns the client has.

Q: How long is a typical Onward Wellness nutrition consultation?

A: Nutrition consultations, which are the first step in starting our nutrition program, are about 60 minutes in length.

Q: What is the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

A: Registered Dietitians have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, and they are a licensed professional once passing a national examination. Dietitians are qualified to do many things, including diagnosing eating disorders and designing diets to treat specific medical conditions. A Nutritionist isn’t required to obtain a bachelor’s degree, and doesn’t need to sit for a national exam to become licensed. Typically, a Nutritionist deals with general nutritional aims and behaviors but doesn’t concentrate on a specific discipline or clinical issues such as eating disorders or medical conditions. Onward Wellness strives to employ the most qualified, highly-degreed and experienced professionals in the industry. We feel strongly that Registered Dietitians are the best choice to be treating our customer base.

Q. Is eliminating the salt-shaker enough to cut sodium from my diet?

Only 11 percent of the sodium we consume comes from salt that is added at the table or while cooking. 71 percent of sodium consumption comes from processed/packaged or restaurant food. In order to cut salt out of daily nutrition, choose fresh and whole foods over packaged and processed foods.

Q: Does Onward Wellness offer small group nutrition sessions?

A: No, Onward Wellness does not offer small group nutrition sessions. Our theory is to focus on the individual by creating a customized nutrition plan that tailors to a person’s specific physical condition.

Q: How long is a typical Onward Wellness nutrition session?

A. After your nutrition consultation, when your nutrition program begins, you will have routine sessions with your Virtual Dietitian; these sessions are approximately 30 minutes in length.

Q. What’s the best diet?

A. There’s no one best way to eat. There is no such thing as one diet fits all. The best nutrition plan consists of one that meets medical and nutritional needs, as well as being affordable and something one can stick with for the long-term.

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