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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:


Hope for the Johns
December 7: Starts at 5:30 pm

This event is a fundraiser for one of our Personal Trainers, Sarah Johns. Her family was in a terrible car accident and they lost their oldest daughter, Elise. Their youngest daughter is currently in a rehab hospital in Baltimore still recovering. All proceeds from this event will go straight to the Johns family.
 
The event will start at 5:30 pm and we will have light appetizers, drinks, a live band, and a kids movie playing in the kids gym.
 
Tickets are on sale now through the night of the event. Adults are $10 and kids under 14 are free! We are accepting donations until December 6th! Please contact Kelce for more information at kahern@prairielife.com


Winter Break Camp

Big Kids Camp K-6th
9 am-4 pm
December 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, and 29.
January 2 and 3
Member $30 per day, additional charge for non-members
 
Little Kids Camp Ages 3-6
9:30 am-2:00 pm
December 26, 27, 28, and 29
January 2 and 3
Member $25 per day, additional charge for non-members 


Cookies with Santa
December 216:45 pm

Don’t miss out on seeing Santa this year! We will have cookies and art projects to do as well. Don’t forget your camera and note to Santa!

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Manager's Corner

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It’s the Season to Be Jolly

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,

Dustin Lewis, 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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