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Get Caught Up in the Holiday Spirit

Oscar Wilde once said that to love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance. He was right.

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, people often focus on their significant others. While acknowledging the role others play in our lives is important, we cannot forget to love ourselves.

Think about what makes you unique. List the qualities that you love about yourself, but understand that you're an ever-evolving work in progress and that you must accept your faults to change.
In your transition, be kind to yourself. Becoming who you've always wanted to be isn't easy. Be aware of how you talk to yourself and correct negative self-talk.
It may not come easily at first, but treating yourself better is important.
 Paul Mettler
Paul Mettler, PT, DPT
Grab a Glass of Red or This Hearty-y Snack
Grab a Glass of Red for Your Heart Health

Need an excuse to cozy up to a glass of wine? Stop waiting.

A moderate amount of red wine (a glass a day for women, two glasses a day for men) has been shown to lower the risk of heart attacks for people in middle age (by 30 to 50%). Other studies show that red wine can raise HDL, the good cholesterol, and prevent LDL, the bad cholesterol. Regular red wine drinkers also have lower risks of heart disease.

Research shows that red wines are also particularly rich sources of antioxidants and resveratrol, which is found in grape skins and seeds.

The American Heart Association doesn't recommend starting to drink if you don't. Regular drinkers, however, should swap a glass of pinot noir for their Miller Light.

Other heart-healthy foods to try while celebrating American Heart Month: blueberries, salmon, soy protein, oatmeal, and spinach.

Still need help? Check out the American Heart Association's recipe finder.

Watch Out for the Ice! Tricks to Stop Slips
Have you slid on February's slick ice? You're not alone. Up to 45% of community-dwelling adults older than 60 fall each year. Not 60? You're still not invincible.

Jostling crowds and poorly lit walkways can cause anyone to take a spill.

Exercise and proper nutrition, which can improve your physical and mental function, will give you a better chance of being fall-free. Building strength, muscle endurance, flexibility, and coordination will make it more likely that you won't take a tumble this year. Correcting your posture and improving your balance helps, too.

Not sure where to start? Try our Stretch and Body Alignment class at Mettler Center or these single-leg balance exercises.

1. Balance on one foot for 30 seconds.Repeat three times on each leg.

2. Step on a pillow and balance on one foot for 30 seconds. Repeat three times on each leg.

3. Balance on one foot and raise your arms from your side to directly in front of you with your arms, then return. Repeat ten times.

4. Balance on one foot. Reach the opposite foot as far as you can following the numbers on a clock. Reach to 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock while maintaining balance on the first foot.

If you've already fallen and injured yourself or are looking for ways to correct muscle imbalances, set up a free consult with a Mettler Center or Mettler Athletic physical therapist by calling either location.
Biggest Losers Are Meeting Challenges

Mettler's Biggest Loser is in full swing, and the pounds are melting off! The two teams of eight began their journey to better health January 5th. Though the team members' weights, ages, and genders all vary, they have a similar goalachieving whole life fitness.

The teams meet together twice a week: once with Joy Sheehan, Manager of Mettler Center, for group fitness classes and once with Melissa Smith, registered dietitian, for their nutrition session and weekly weigh-in. Joy takes the teams through different forms of group exercise so that participants are sure to find something they love and can continue after the Biggest Loser wraps up. Melissa's nutrition sessions change not only the contestants' lives, but their families' lifestyles, too. Grocery store tours and Everyday Cooking classes show the importance of lifestyle changes when working to achieve weight-loss goals.

The teams also meet with their assigned personal trainers. Kendy Stewart leads the Mettler Center team, which works out regularly together even without Kendy. Mark Germano leads the fun-focused Mettler Athletic team.

Each week a weight-loss champion is crowned. Carol Hickey lost 8.2 pounds in the first week! At our second weigh-in, Rick Holliner took home the prize for the "Biggest Loser" with a loss of 7.7 pounds. At the two-week mark, the Mettler Center team, which started at a combined 1789.9 pounds has lost 28.2 pounds. The Mettler Athletic team started weighing 1992.4 pounds and has lost 49.4 pounds.

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2/4        Kinetik Kidz
2/5        Grocery Store Tour
2/7        Catcher's Camp
2/8        In-season Athleticism
2/8        Tai Chi            
2/8        Iyengar Yoga
2/14      Valentine's Day
2/14      Kids Cook
2/14      Couples Massage
2/16      President's Day
2/17      Get on the Ball
2/19      Everyday Cooking
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7 Reasons to Join Group Fitness
Flying solo on Valentine's Day? Don't despair. Check out one of Mettler's many group fitness classes.

Studies show that group fitness classes have advantages to the do-it-yourself workout routine.

Don't believe us? Check out our top reasons for joining a group fitness class today.

You'll Meet People. You might not get to talk much during class, but you'll see the same friendly faces each week.

You'll Learn New Skills. Your instructor has an arsenal of tricks to get you in shape. He or she will make sure you're constantly training different muscles.
You're Less Likely to Get Injured. Our knowledgeable staff can tweak your form so you don't get hurt.

You'll Stay Motivated. Watching others meet their goals will inspire you. You also have a built-in support system.

You'll Feed Off Others' Energy. Stretching, crunching, and punching is more fun with friends. Enthusiasm is contagious.

You'll Commit. You're less likely to ditch when you have a personal relationship with your instructor and classmates.

You'll Never Be Bored. We offer a wide variety of classes, and you can always try a new one.

Need help picking the class that's right for you? Lisa Mettler, Group Fitness Coordinator, can help! 
Try Our Couple's Massage

Try Our Couple's Massage
Need a romantic plan for Valentine's Day? Treat yourself and your loved one to a relaxing Couple's Massage.
Mettler Massage Therapists will be offering 60-minute couples massages on Valentine's Day from 12:30-7pm.

Need more information or want to schedule an appointment? Call the Mettler Center.

Got Something
to Lose?
Mettler's 7-week Biggest Loser program is safely guiding 16 participants in weight loss through comprehensive diet and exercise.

Do you think you have what it takes to be Mettler's Biggest Loser? Contact member services at Mettler Athletic or Mettler Center to learn more about our next Biggest Loser Challenge.
Giving You Our Best
Each month we acknowledge one department that brings you outstanding service each day.

This month, we recognize our fitness and wellness staff, which includes our personal trainers, fit force members, and our nutrition and cooking experts.

Stay tuned for next month's honorees.