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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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Member Spotlight: Dean Yannacito


In the Spring of 2017 I was training myself to get in shape for a fitness test I needed to complete in October. However, over the past few years I was having trouble getting past some physical challenges that had hindered me in my fitness training, including partially tearing my Achilles tendon and severely strained both my lower back and left hamstring.

I realized I was not progressing on my own. I knew I needed someone to help me figure a way to train for strength, endurance, and flexibility, all in about two and a half months, if I was to have any chance at accomplishing my goal by October. After making some inquiries, I was referred to Troy Frazier.

Troy and I set up a meeting at the fitness center. After explaining my story to Troy, he immediately expressed optimism in getting me to my goal, and told me how he would work various strength and cardio exercises in my routine while limiting running, especially in the early phase of my training. Troy also explained that he would develop exercises to help strength and flexibility in my back and hamstrings, which were my main weaknesses. He also coached me in how to change my diet, making sure I was getting the proper nutrition for recovery as my training level increased. I started training with Troy three times a week. As July and August passed, I became stronger, my endurance improved, my back was better, and I was more flexible.

In late September I tried a trial fit test to see how close I was for the real test in October, and I passed. By that time I had completed a few six-mile runs, which I had not attempted for over 3 1/2 years. I then took the official test in October and passed, with relative ease.

I am convinced there was no chance of me getting past my various physical challenges, and passing the fitness test, without the help of a professional. Troy happened to be the absolute perfect choice for me. It was obvious to me his skills and knowledge, not just of training and exercise, but of physiology, nutrition and health, are critical aspects of his professional practice. Troy knew exactly how to train me considering my injuries and weaknesses. He helped me strengthen my back and hamstrings, which have decreased my back pain and stiffness substantially. He trained me at the perfect pace to get me to the fitness level I needed to achieve, while avoiding new injuries or aggravating old ones. In a few short months, I was accomplishing runs I had not attempted for over three years. I could not be more appreciative of Troy's professionalism and encouragement.

I had surgery on my Achilles on November 6, and I am in the recovery process, which will take about 10 weeks.  As soon as I am recovered, I will again utilize Troy's services to rehab, and to get on the road to my fitness goals for 2018!

– Dean Yannacito 

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Manager's Corner

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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,


Neal Huston, 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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