Staying Committed to Your Goals
By now you may have broken your New Year's Resolution at least once, maybe twice. You shouldn't get discouraged.
There is still time to get back on track. It's time to recommit yourself to the same goal that you had when 2010 started. At Mettler, we believe in you and your ability to succeed.
That's why we're offering new group fitness classes and giving you more healthy eating tips. We know that it's hard to transform your life, but we know you can succeed.
We're here to help you recommit yourself to Whole Life Fitness. If we can help you, please let us know!
Paul Mettler, PT, DPT
| Travel Safely This Year With Our Tips
|Chances are, you're already planning your first vacations of the year. Whether you're packing up the kids for spring break or getting ready for a bigger trip later in the year, the American Occupational Therapy Association has some tips on picking and packing a suitcase without putting unnecessary strain on your body.
To select the right suitcase, you need to purchase a bag that reflects your trip. Your bag should be the right size for the length of your trip. If you're traveling by air, get wheeled luggage. If you're going by train or car, choose duffel and garment bags when possible. Select a suitcase with extending handles and a swivel feature with padded handles to protect your hands and fingers from excess pressure.
To pack your suitcase correctly, start with a list of all the items you need. Pack only the essential items. Take two smaller cases instead of filling a large one to the brim. Try to pack no more than three pairs of shoes. They're heavy and take up space. Also, most hotels will have toiletries.
Even by following these tips, carrying your suitcase will put stress on your body. Remember to carry heavy items close to your body. Switch positions frequently to avoid fatigue or muscle overuse. When you're loading your bag into the car, train, or plane, use smooth and controlled motions.
If you've been injured recently, schedule a free consultation with one of our physical therapists or occupational therapists. They can help you get back to living your life with all of your favorite activities. Call member services for more information.
| 7 Ways to Get Your Diet Back on Track
Many Americans have spent the last few months eating, drinking, and partying. While most make resolutions to lose weight and get fit, there are always stumbling blocks. Though you may have slipped off your diet plan, you can get back on track with our helpful tips.Eat fiber and protein.
Both protein and fiber, especially when eaten together, will help fill you up and curb your appetite. That's because the balance between the two helps regulate your blood sugar to give you high energy levels that will last all day.Go for green vegetables.
Eating green leafy vegetables will improve your health. These veggies are filled with cancer-fighting antioxidants as well as vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, and potassium.Choose beans.
They contain protein and carbohydrates. They also have loads of fiber to promote regularity, control cholesterol, and reduce cancer risks.Forgo meat.
Fish is low in saturated fat and contains potent omega-3 fatty acids, which is known to reduce the risk of many diseases including cancers, diabetes, heart disease, and possibly even Alzheimer's.Pick potassium.
Potassium maintains water balance in the body and helps keep blood pressure stable
despite a high-sodium diet. It also reduces the risk of kidney stones and can stave off bone loss. Pay attention to portion control.
Portion sizes seem to get bigger and bigger, especially when you're dining out. Always remember that serving sizes aren't based on your plate size
they're standard. Also, be sure that you're eating mostly fruits, protein, and vegetables.Avoid making too many changes at once.
Your body needs time to adjust to the dietary changes that you're making. Instead of making many changes, you can make one change at a time. Once you have adjusted to one change, you can add another.
If you need a personalized plan to help you lose weight and get fit, you can call member services to schedule an appointment with our Registered Dietitian.
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Don't ban carbohydrates from your diet. Instead, make sure to eat them in moderation. Also, when you eat carbs, choose complex carbs like whole grains. Eat fruits when you're craving simple sugars.More nutrition information...
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Reflexology involves applying pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques. Unlike massage, reflexology does not involve the use of lotions or oils.Instead, it's based on a system of zones and reflex areas.
Reflexology reduces stress because by working on the right foot or hand, there is a physical change on the same side of the body.
Other benefits of reflexology include pain reduction, impact on physiological measures, adjunct to mental health care, rejuvenation of tired feet, improvement of blood flow, post-operative recovery, enhancement of medical care, compliment to cancer care, and easier birthing, delivery, and post-partum recovery.
To schedule an appointment with our reflexologist, contact the Mettler Center.
|We Have New Group Fitness Classes!
Mettler Center is happy to announce a few new additions to the group fitness schedule
. Cardio Salsa
, a low impact, high energy fat-burning dance class, is now being offered on Fridays at 9am. This class combines the sizzle of Salsa with great cardio moves for all fitness levels. Participants
learn a variety of smooth Latin moves and will leave the class feeling refreshed and limber.Family Fusion
returns Sunday evenings at 5:15pm. This high energy cardio class is designed for families to enjoy exercising together while promoting healthy habits for whole life fitness. Open to children 5-12 who come with an adult. BOSU
, a cardio class with an emphasis on balance is added as a 6-week session on Wednesdays at 4:30pm. Using the versatile BOSU, you'll build core muscle strength, stability, and coordination. Challenge yourself with this fun, new approach to exercise.
For questions regarding our group fitness offerings, please contact member services.
|Did You Know?
...it's that time of year again. For concerns of safety and the cleanliness of our facility please change your street shoes before entering the fitness area and studios. Your cooperation is appreciated.
...Mettler Center will be adding seven brand new pieces of cardio equipment. Included in the upgrade are four Star Trac S-TRc Treadmills
with personal viewing screens and three E-TBT Total Body Trainers