The Mettler Release
Give Thanks This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is a special time to stop and give thanks for family, friends, and our health.


We'd like to thank you, our members, for being part of our lives. We enjoy helping you work toward Whole Life Fitness and hope that you use this time to reflect on how you can continue to make choices that incorporate health and fitness into your often stressful holiday routine.


We're offering you chances to improve your health with our nutrition and fitness tips and establish healthy exercise routines for your entire family. And, don't miss out on our popular Breakfast With Santa.


We're so thankful for the opportunity to help you reach your goals this year.  

Paul Mettler
Paul Mettler, PT, DPT
Eat Healthfully During the Holidays
Eat Healthfully During the Holidays    
Gaining weight around the holidays is nothing new. Most people gain at least a pound between Thanksgiving and New Year's and keep that extra weight on permanently.


It doesn't have to be that way. By following these tips, you'll be able to enjoy Thanksgiving and not regret your meal choices the next day.


Get Active.

Try exercising early in the morning to get your metabolism going. Competing in the Urbana Park District's one-mile Turkey Trot will help you get your day started in a healthy way. If you're not a morning person, try taking a walk after dinner with your family members.


Eat Breakfast.

Although you might consider saving up calories for the big meal, eating a small meal in the morning may give you more control over your appetite. If you're too hungry, you'll be more likely to overindulge.


Watch Your Portions.

Survey the buffet table and decide what you're going to choose before you start piling food on your plate. Be sure to select reasonably-sized portions of holiday favorites that you cannot live without.


Skip the Seconds.

Try to resist the temptation to go back for second helpings. Remember that you can have leftovers the next day. Avoid eating until you're stuffed or full, though. Instead try to eat until you're just satisfied. 


Savor Meals Slowly.

Put your fork down between bites and taste each mouthful to enjoy your meal and feel satisfied. Focus on your conversations with your relatives, too. By chatting with them, you'll automatically eat more slowly.  


Go Easy on Alcohol.

Enjoy a glass of water between each alcoholic drink so that the calories don't add up too quickly.


Strive for Weight Maintenance.

With busy schedules and temptations, you should strive for weight maintenance instead of weight loss. This will help you enjoy your holiday season without feeling guilty about the extra calories that you're consuming.


To learn more about nutrition tips and tricks to stay healthy this holiday season, schedule a consultation with our registered dietitian.
Don't Be Worried About Joining a Class
Group exercise classes can be intimidating when you're first starting out, but there's no reason to be worried. If you've decided that the best way to stay in shape this holiday season is to make a commitment to attend a regular class, which is a great way to make sure you don't miss a workout, here are some things to know before you head off to your first class:


Join the right class: Choose a class based on the activities that you like. If you love to sweat to loud music, a cycling class or kickboxing class is probably something that you would enjoy. If you're interested in a class that's based on stretching and strengthening, check out Pilates or yoga.


Let the instructor know that you're new: If your instructor knows that you're nervous about your first class, he or she can offer additional encouragement.  


Try a workout DVD: A warmup like this will also help you feel more comfortable when you walk into class for the first time.


Pay attention to the instructor (and not the other students): Focus on the instructor and your own movements. You'll be more in tune to what your body is doing, and you won't pick up bad habits from others.


Ignore the little voice in your head: You know the one -- it's telling you that you're uncoordinated or not doing as well as the others. As long as you're doing your best, you're doing fine.


If you need more help picking a  class that's right for you, Mettler Center manager Joy Sheehan can point you in the right direction.

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Nutrition Tip
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If you're stressed out by the fast-approaching holidays, try eating a banana. Bananas can keep minor depression, which is common around the holidays, at bay. More nutrition 

Upcoming Events
11/6    Daylight Savings
11/8    Election Day
11/9    Pilates Fundamentals
11/11  Kids Cook
11/11  Veterans' Day
11/12  Yoga Fundamentals
11/15  Grocery Store Tour
11/15  Balance Training
11/17  Everyday Cooking
11/23  Early Closure at Metter
11/24  Thanksgiving
11/25  Mettler Athletic Closes
11/26  Mettler Athletic Closes
11/27  Mettler Athletic Closed

View our online calendars for the most current information.
Thanksgiving Hours

Mettler Center and Mettler Athletic will be operating on a different schedule for the Thanksgiving holiday.


On Wednesday, November 23rd, Mettler Center will close at 5pm. The last class of the day will be the 12:10pm Fusion class. Mettler Athletic will keep its normal hours.


Both facilities will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.  


Mettler Center will resume normal hours on Friday, November 25th.


Mettler Athletic will be open from 7am until noon on both Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26th. The facility will be closed on Sunday, November 27th.

Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast with Santa 
Santa is coming to the Mettler Center on Saturday, December 3rd, so bring the whole family to enjoy a delicious breakfast.

Children can have their pictures taken with Santa. They'll also be able to make a treat for Rudolph and a holiday craft. Each child will go home with a holiday goodie bag.

Breakfast will include yummy cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, juice, hot chocolate, and coffee for Mom and Dad!

Space is limited, so sign up now! Children can enjoy this experience for $15. Adults pay $10. Children under 2 are free.

For more information, contact the Mettler Center.
Kickboxing Addition
We're offering another Impact Kick & Boxing class with Andy Johnson beginning November 7th on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:30pm. Those may be interested can schedule a free demo with Andy. Demos can be arranged through Joy Sheehan.
Thanks for Your Donations
Thanks for Your Donations
We'd like to thank all of our members for your generous contributions to our Eastern Illinois Foodbank drive last month. We collected more than 300 pounds of foods that will be distributed to families in the area throughout the holiday season.
Mettler Athletic News
On November 8th, from 4-7pm at Mettler Athletic, staff will assist members interested in transferring their membership to Mettler Center.
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