| Appreciate August at Mettler
August is a time to tone up, get fit, and prepare to start your fall as a healthier version of your best self.
That's why we want you to focus on your health this summer. As the temperatures warm up, pay attention to the amount of exercise that you can safely do in the heat so that you don't become dehydrated or experience another medical emergency.
In addition to our many regular offerings, we're introducing Yoga Fundamentals, a class that will help even the newest yogi understand, appreciate, and start their practice.
We're also encouraging you to help others in the community during our second annual "Pedal for a Purpose" cyclethon, which is the Mettler Center fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. You'll be able to take part in a 30- or 60-minute class and help others at the same time.
Let us know how we can help you as you continue to develop in your understanding of what it's like to lead a life dedicated to Whole Life Fitness.
Paul Mettler, PT, DPT
Avoid Dehydration When Working Out
If you're like most adults, you're struggling to get the amount of water you need on a daily basis.
And, although you might celebrate because you're finally getting the 64 ounces of water that doctors recommend, you're still missing out. During warm weather, everyone needs more water to stay properly fueled for daily tasks and exercise.
The key to keep from becoming dehydrated during a workout is to prevent it. Drink plenty of fluids before any workout. If you're not used to drinking water throughout the course of the day, try buying a stainless steel water bottle to remind you.
Once you begin your workout, be sure to pay attention to signs that you might be dehydrated. For example, a lack of thirst does not mean an athlete is not dehydrated. Instead, most athletes will feel uneasy and experience a decrease in energy or not perform as well as they usually do. Some experience headaches or feel achy.
During your workout, stop to drink often. Water or sports drinks with electrolytes, like Gatorade, work best
to replace the fluids lost during a workout.
After your workout, reach for more water and water-rich foods. Watermelon, for example, is about 92 percent water and is rich in vitamin C, beta carotene, and lycopene. Cucumbers and celery are also high in water, calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium.
If you're still confused about whether you're getting enough water or other essential vitamins and nutrients, schedule an appointment with our registered dietitian by calling the Mettler Center
| Help Older Adults Stay Independent
|Caring for older adults can be difficult, but the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., has some great suggestions to help the people you love remain independent as long as possible.
In the bathroom, replace toilets with higher models or longer seats for people with limited hip movement. Install hand-held shower heads, large shower and bath controls, and grab bars around the bathtub walls. Install faucets with a lever control for those with a weak grip.
In the kitchen, store often-used items in easy-to-reach places. Design work space that accommodates seated activities.
In hallways and doorways, create clear openings so those who have difficulty walking navigate easily. Get rid of scattered rugs and ensure that thresholds are level with the floor. Install secure carpets to provide traction.
In the living room and bedroom, arrange furniture so that it creates open space and clear passage. Place the bed and telephone where they are easily accessible.
Aside from these practical tips, a sure-fire way to promote independence in older adults is through exercise. Mettler Center offers two group fitness classes designed specifically for seniors: PACE and Full of Life.
Many age-related weaknesses in joints can respond well to physical, massage, or occupational therapy. Call to schedule an appointment with a Mettler Center or Mettler Athletic therapist.
| Yoga Fundamentals Starts This Month
|Yoga can often be intimidating. You picture men and women with incredible flexibility or great muscle tone. Or you might picture someone who is always completely calm with a mind-body connection you could only dream of.
Enter Yoga Fundamentals, our newest class that will offer a brief background of yoga and its benefits.
Participants will learn about different styles of yoga, what to look for when choosing a class, and how a typical class is structured.
We'll explore the basic yoga breathing and poses with an emphasis on safe movement and proper alignment.
The goal of this workshop is to allow the practitioner to feel more confident in joining an ongoing yoga class and to help them choose the one that best suits their needs.
Beginners and those with little experience are welcome.
The first class will be August 8th from 12-2pm.
Call the Mettler Center for more information.
Receive 20% off your first Thai massage.
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|Pedal for a Purpose|
For the second straight year, Mettler Center and the MDA
are "Pedaling for a Purpose!"
On Saturday, August 28th, from 7am to 12pm, Mettler will host its annual cyclethon.
Members and non-members are invited to cycle while raising money for MDA.
Members are invited to bring photos of their friends or family members who have a neuro or muscular disease to the event. We will post your photos throughout the facility and pedal in honor of your loved ones.
Each cyclist will be given a registration packet with details, coupons, and information about the event.
A minimum donation of $25 to MDA is suggested at the time of registration. Members will need to call ahead to reserve a cycling spot for either a 30- or 60-minute ride.
The first 75 participants to donate $25 will receive a t-shirt. Members who participate will receive 100 FitRewards points. Non-members who donate and decide to join the Mettler Center will have their $75 joining fee waived.
Last year's event exceeded our goal of $3000. This year we would like to raise $5000.
The Mettler Center will match 10 percent of the money the cyclists, like you, bring in.
Call Mettler Center's Member Services
to sign up and make a difference in
the lives of local MDA families.
|Happy Anniversary, Jeff Schroder!
Jeff Schroder has worked at Mettler Center for 10 years, and we recognize and congratulate him on reaching this anniversary milestone.
addition to working as a physical therapist, Jeff is the Physical Therapy Director of Education and Research and the Coordinator of Physical Therapy.
He is also an integral part of the Champaign-Urbana community, allowing students who are interested in physical therapy to shadow him and answering their questions about his career.
Jeff enjoys working with athletes at Mettler Athletic where he is able to combine his love of sports and past athletic experience to provide treatment in a unique way.
Although many athletes focus on returning to their sport, Jeff makes sure that they are armed with the tools they need to prevent reinjury.
We wish Jeff many more happy decades with Mettler. If you see him, please wish him a Happy Anniversary!
Mettler is pleased to once again offer Thai massage as part of our massage therapy
Often dubbed "lazy man's yoga," this type of bodywork is different from what most think of as massage.
Conducted fully-clothed, on a comfortable floor mat, Thai massage incorporates passive stretching, acupressure, meditation and reflex work. Call for more details about Thai massage or to schedule an appointment.