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Hit the Holidays Happy and Healthy



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Hit the Holidays Happy and Healthy

Regardless of the climate you live, increased interaction with friends, family members, co-workers, etc. at holiday festivities exposes us to cold and flu viruses. Fortunately for those who make fitness a priority in their life being physically fit helps build a stronger immune system. However, being physically or mentally strong is not foolproof armor against the common cold or flu.

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Cold Season

There’s never a good time to get a cold or the flu, especially during the holidays. Nothing says, “Merry & Bright” like sneezing and coughing your way through a holiday party. Winter is busy and bustling. With many events like family dinners, holiday parties, and shopping, we are often distracted from taking care of ourselves as we would normally.

Colder weather often tempts us to stay curled up on the couch rather than to hit the gym. This coupled with anxiety and depression that no one asks Santa for but his season sometimes brings can weaken our immune system and put us at risk for injury or illness. Shorter days have a way of zapping our energy levels; we have to fight to stay active keep our immunity strong.

Healthy Winter Habits & Tidbits

1. Up to 20% of the United States population gets a cold or the flu each year. Stay healthy by maintaining your exercise and fitness routine. We know it is difficult, given the reasons above and more, to not be distracted by all the merriment and madness of the holidays. We get so busy making plans, buying gifts, making everything oh-so-pretty that we forget to fit in our workouts. That will get us nowhere but on Santa’s naughty’s list and in your Dr.’s appointment book. Squeeze in quick workouts when you can, at Prairie Life or at home. It’s really hard to get back on Santa’s good list once you slide off, believe us!

2. Pack on the protein! Cold season fools us into thinking that comfort foods and carbs are going to make us feel better. The serotonin released by these foods is quite the seductress but protein, to quote a popular commercial, is your bro-tein. It will help keep your energy levels up without sabotaging your diet while you are under the weather. Keep plenty of healthy snacks, high in Omega 3 fatty acids on hand to fight off mid-afternoon and evening cravings. We know, you want soup, bread, sweets and we suggest fish, plant seeds and nuts… How is that fair? Omega 3 fatty acids are a natural anti-inflammatory and reduce joint pain and stiffness. They also help lower levels of depression, which more people suffer from during winter due to the shorter number of daylight. Cooking with lots of spices; onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, curry and cilantro, also adds helps food act as a powerful antioxidant. Take that one-two punch, you nasty cold! Flu?

3. If you’re experiencing high levels of holiday stress or feeling an unusual feeling of depression, heading to the sauna or steam room at Prairie Life Fitness can help ease your troubles. Before, during and after the holidays, steam rooms and saunas help relax tense muscles and alleviate feelings of stress. No, they do not cure depression but it is difficult to feel anything but relaxed as the high temperatures help detoxify your skin and body.

4. Of course, there is always the constant reminder to wash your hands, frequently. Thoroughly washing your hands during cold and flu season is perhaps the simplest step we can all take to protect ourselves from spreading germs.

5.  Hustle into the Holidays to lower your stress!  Join the Prairie Life 12 Days of Holiday Hustle to stay motivated throughout the month of December. Look for sign-ups at the club.


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Upcoming Events at PLF

Holiday Hours
Christmas Eve Club Hours
:  5am – 4pm
Christmas Day Club Hours: CLOSED
New Year's Eve:  5am – 6pm
New Year's Day:  5am – 11pm

Winter Class Session Information
December 4th – View classes online
December 19th – Register online at
January 8th – Winter Session Begins!

**We Are Going GREEN!**
December 20th Statement

November 20th statement will be the last paper statement you will receive. Starting December 20th, we will be going green! Please contact a membership representative to update your e-mail address if you wish to view your online statement. Thank you for your patience during this transition! Bills will still be due on the 5th of every month.

Holiday Hustle!!!
When: December 1st- December 31st    
Who: Anyone 14 years of age or older Workout 12 times before Christmas and get a limited issue, 12 Days of Fitness long-sleeve T-shirt!

Questions or additional information, please contact Fitness Director Brent Pyle at

Aqua Jam!
When: December 2nd: 8:00am – 10:00am

Join us for some fun fitness in the pool! Try out 5 of our instructors during the 2 hour event! No need to sign up. Questions? Contact Dayle Nervig @

Restorative Yoga
Saturday, December 16th: 3-4:30pm

Learning to relax is at the heart of living well. Join us for this restful and restoring yoga experience. Our Allegro studio is equipped with straps, blankets, bolsters, sandbags and more so you can settle deeply into theses restful and healing postures benefiting from their calming effect on mind, body and nervous system.

Cost: $25 Members and Non-Members welcome

Space is limited. Please sign up at Courtesy Services or you can contact Kathleen at

Private Lessons
November/December- Buy 4, get a 5th lesson for FREE- Lessons can be scheduled to fit your schedule and must be completed by January 7, 2017.

Private swim lessons let your swimmer have one-on-one instruction from one of our great PLF Swim Instructors. They can concentrate on the skills they need to master to move up a level in swimming and feel more confident in the water.  Get ready for the Winter Session which starts January 8th. Contact the Aquatic Department to get yours scheduled today.

Cost for Private Swim Lesson- $25 per half hour per person (non-members contact the Aquatic Department for pricing). Register online at or contact Dayle Nervig at with questions.

Parent’s Night Out: Deck the Halls Holiday Celebration
When: Friday, December 22nd: 5:30-9:00pm

Let us hang with the kiddos for crafts, games and snacks while you get some last-minute shopping done!

Ages 3+        

Cost: $20 for first child on the same membership, $15 for each additional child on the same membership.

Register online under ‘Youth Registration’ or at this link:

Contact Madeline at

December Day Camps
Wednesday, December 27th – “Polar Play Day”                
Thursday, December 28th – “Jurassic Journey”                
Friday, December 29th – “Rock Around the Clock”

Day camps hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Ages 5+        

Cost: $35 for the first child, $25 for the 2nd, $15 for each additional child. Lunch is not included. Please bring a sack lunch or order from the café.  We will be swimming each day! *Must be 5 campers for camp to take place.

Register online under ‘Youth Registration’ or at this link:

Contact Madeline at

Youth Activities-Parent’s Morning Out
Monday, December 4th     
Friday, December 8th     
Monday, December 11th     
Friday, December 15th    

9:00am – 4:00pm. Let us hang with the kids while you get some holiday shopping and preparation done! Snack provided. Ages 3+

Cost: $15 for first child on the same membership, $10 for each additional child on the same membership.

Register online under ‘Youth Registration’ or at this link:

Contact Madeline at

Interim Select Classes!
When: November 27th – December 15th              

Try out some of the select classes we offer throughout the year with a short 3-week trial session!

Cost: $20 for 3 weeks of classes

Register online under ‘Youth Registration’ or at this link:

Contact Madeline at


Manager's Corner


It’s the Season to Be Jolly

Unfortunately, it can also be the season to get sick. While Christmas and holiday cheer fill the air, so do cold germs and flu bugs. The nerve of some illnesses – have they no respect for the most wonderful time of the year? Healthy lifestyles help build strong immune systems but no one is “immune” to these common winter woes. Guard yourself with the quick tips in this month’s newsletter. We want to see you happy and healthy in the club this month, not home on your couch with a cold.

And remember to stay active to knock out any added stress. Join our “Twelve Days of Fitness” and keep the holiday hustle in check this year.

Warmest Wishes,

Leo Venteicher, General Manager

PS. Remember to take your workout on the go with the PerFit App! Download it today on the App Store.


Perfit exercise of the month


Work off those holiday treats with a PerFit Workout!

Click above to see a video of our exercise of the month and click below to download PerFit, available on iPhone!



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