The Mettler Release
Transformation Coming to Mettler

I want to inform our members that our facility, Mettler Athletic, 1809 S. Neil St., Champaign, will be closing at the end of December. 

This decision was not made easily, but was made with the confidence that Mettler will continue our commitment to fulfill our mission of Whole Life Fitness.  

There are many new and exciting additions planned in 2012 to the services we currently offer at Mettler Center with staff, equipment and programs to be incorporated from Mettler Athletic. 

We promise to assure a seamless transition for the current Mettler Athletic members to Mettler Center. Our staff will focus on making sure all of our members will continue to enjoy the benefits of membership with even more offerings to choose from.

I and everyone at Mettler am grateful to our members and patients for allowing us to be a part of "transforming their lives" to better their health. 
Paul Mettler
Paul Mettler, PT, DPT
Healthy After School Snacks for Children

Healthy After School Snacks for Children   
Whether you're managing a carpool of cranky kids whose personality would change instantly with a snack, or a working mom who needs to leave out snacks for a babysitter to keep your children eating healthy items, check out the following tips and tricks to get your kids to eat fruit, vegetables, lean protein, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains during the afternoon.

Give kids choices: Letting them pick between an apple and low-fat yogurt will make them happier than if they are forced to eat carrot sticks or celery.

Take a dip: Slices of cucumber and bell peppers or snap peas and cherry tomatoes will disappear if there's a low-fat creamy dip, or natural peanut butter to top them with. It you're looking for new, healthy dips, reach for hummus, bean dip or salsa. Baked tortilla chips, whole wheat crackers or pita are perfect for these.

Let them construct their own snacks: Get creative making fruit kabobs by sticking melon balls, berries, pineapple chunks or cubed peaches, pears, or apples onto toothpicks. They can also make mini-sandwiches. Pizza, when made with an English muffin, whole wheat pita, or tortilla crust, can be healthy, too. Just be sure to use a sauce without much sugar and sprinkle on low-fat mozzarella cheese with vegetables and lean meat.

Freeze fruit: Frozen snacks are normally considered treats (like ice cream and snow cones). Frozen grapes, bananas, peaches, berries, and nectarine slices are likely to be big hits.

Establish a snacking zone: When hungry kids burst through the front door after school, they grab whatever is easy and available. Make sure to prepare items in advance so that children can pick things off their snack shelf whenever they're hungry.

If you'd like more information on providing kids (or adults) with healthy foods the whole family can enjoy, consider scheduling
an appointment with our registered dietitian.
Use Exercise to Relieve Back Pain  

Usually, when you're in pain, the last thing you want to do is
exercise. However, if you suffer from frequent back pain, exercise is crucial to easing symptoms and preventing future pain.


Here are some tips to make exercise part of your life:


When you're getting started, consult with a physical therapist or personal trainer to learn how to complete moves that will help you build strength and eliminate back pain.


Choose low-impact exercises. For those just starting an exercise program, muscles and cardiovascular systems can be out of shape. Strenuous activities like running may cause pain and problems. However, using an exercise bike or exercise ball might work. Yoga, Pilates, and water therapy are also helpful.


Learn simple exercises you can do anywhere. Whether you're busy at work, traveling or dealing with other unforeseen circumstances, there are some activities that you can do anywhere -- like walking.


To stay with your exercise plan, make sure that it becomes part of your normal routine. And, be sure to remember why you're exercising in the first place, whether that's to lose weight, tone your body, or reduce back pain.


If you still need help getting started on an exercise program, consult with one of our personal trainers or member service personnel

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Nutrition Tip
of the Month
Don't exercise on an empty stomach. Thirty to 60-minutes before exercise, eat something carbohydrate-rich and easily digestible. Great pre-workout snacks are low-fat fruit yogurt, a banana, a slice of toast with fruit preserves or a small bowl of oatmeal with sliced strawberries.

Before workouts lasting 90-minutes or more, try a more substantial pre-workout meal. Low-fat fruit yogurt with a sprinkle of granola and sliced pecans, a sliced banana with natural peanut butter on 100% whole grain crackers, or a bowl of oatmeal with sliced fruit and a side of cottage cheese or chicken sausage are great options.
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Upcoming Events
Fall Into Fitness at
Our Fall Open House

September is here and there is no better time to fit exercise into your life.


Because of this, Mettler Center is announcing a fall open house. We hope this event, hosted September 10-25, will help you set fitness goals, get motivated, and find a routine that you'll be able to follow and stick to while giving you the results you crave.

Throughout the open house, new members can sign up without a joining fee.

To learn more, contact Joy Sheehan, Mettler Center's manager, who is available to answer any questions. 

Zumba Gold & Boot Camp Are Starting
Zumba Gold & Boot Camp Are Starting

Mettler Center is pleased to announce two new classes starting this month.

Zumba Gold is a low impact, easy-to-follow, dance fitness party. This class is uniquely designed to meet various fitness levels. Whether you are up and on-the-go or want a good seated workout, this class is for you.

Zumba Gold will be held Mondays at 9am beginning September 12th.

Mettler Boot Camp, a six-week outdoor program, also begins this fall. You'll train with more focus and intensity while holding each other accountable. Throughout the camp, you'll increase cardiovascular endurance and muscle strength and tone.

Boot camp begins September 13th and is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:45-6:30am.

To learn more, contact Joy Sheehan, Fitness/Wellness Manager, with questions.  

Free Upgrade to 'Athletic' Members

To help ease the upcoming transition and encourage a transfer of patronage, we're offering Mettler Athletic members a free Fitness Plus upgrade so you can try out Mettler Center for the remainder for the year.

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