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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


Café:

Cafe will be hosting another BUNCO and WINE night on Thursday the 7th. 630PM. We will also have a HOT COCOA bar. Homemade hot cocoa with yummy toppings and Christmas cookies, for purchase. Come have a festive time!


Youth Programs:

Kid’s Night In: December 1st AND December 15th

Bring the kids from 5pm-9pm for a cozy night in. The night will consist of fun activities, dinner, snack and finishing the night up with a movie. Cost for the first child is $20 and $15 for additional children, all children must be on the same membership, or same family. Ages 3 and older are, and non-members are welcome to participate in this event. Registration is limited so register online at prairielife.com or contact Sarah Waters with any questions.

Tot Time

Try our new interactive education based drop-in class! The kids will be participating in crafts, story time, circle time, and more. Tot time will be on Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday’s from 10-11am for ages 3-5, $5 per class.

Mom’s Morning Out

Let your kids wear themselves out while you have some time to yourself. This fun-filled morning will also include a snack. Registration is NOT required. Cost for this event is: $15 for 1 child, $25 for 2 children, $30 for 3 children and $5 for each additional after 3 children.

Winter Youth Camps

December 27th-29th we will be holding mini Winter Youth Camps! Fun-filled days, 9:00am-1:00pm, will include real-life animals, food, and crafts! For 1 day of camp: $25, but for ALL 3 days: $60. Registration is open online! Contact Sarah at swaters@prairielife.com with any questions! 


GROUP X:
Joan Beck jbeck@prairielife.com

We have been doing a survey for our Group Fitness classes and we are working on our New Year schedule so stayed tuned!! We will have a modified schedule over the Christmas and New Year Holiday so be sure to watch for signs at the Club!



PILATES:
Laurie Napier lnapier@prairielife.com

The Pilates Department wants to make your holiday shopping easy and convenient this year. Give your loved ones exactly what they want ...the gift of HEALTH. Give them the gift of a Pilates Reformer Class Package. It's the best way to say Happy Holidays and "I'm thinking about you". To purchase your Pilates Package contact Laurie Napier at lnapier@prairielife.com or text her at 402-203-1865.

Interested in finding out with Pilates is all about, sign up for a free Pilates Demo Class. We'll be offering free demo classes the weeks of December 17th through December 31st. Sign-up sheets will be outside the Pilates Studio. Space is limited so sign up soon.The Pilates Team would like to welcome two new instructors: Molly Grasso and Kim Hunt. Both of these ladies bring a high level of enthusiasm and expertise to our staff. Listed below are 3 new classes that they are adding to our Pilates Group schedule.


PERSONAL TRAINING:
Matt Johnston mjohnston@prairielife.com

Kick off your New Year with the Get Fit with Rick Program. This program is for individuals, couples or partners, and/or a group of friends that want to kick off their year by improving their current fitness level. This program is for those that want to lose weight, inches, body fat percentages, plus helps with cardiovascular and muscle conditioning and endurance, it will also help with building strength and muscle. Rick will also be working with individuals on optimizing their nutrition which will help achieve better results. Whether you are just beginning or at an advance level of fitness, this program is set up to help improve you as an individual. Contact Rick Schussler for more details and a free demo and jumpstart at 402-917-3436 or rschussler@prairielife.com.


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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,

Joanna Cole, General Manager

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

 
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Perfit exercise of the month

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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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