Living Well – November 2015

November 4th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in eMagazine Archives


Supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of NW Ohio

November 2nd, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Wildwood Athletic Club

Suzette Valiton, General Manager of the Wildwood Athletic Club, Sommer Vriezelaar, Certified Personal Trainer, and the club leadership team present an $8,557 check to the RMH Charities of NW Ohio

Team leaders of Wildwood Athletic Club presented a check in the amount of $8,557 to the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Charities of NW Ohio. The donated funds will be used to cover the cost of the newly constructed playground at the newly built house near ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital. A big “thank you” to Sommer Vriezelaar, Certified Personal Trainer, who led the effort in obtaining donations from club members and friends. And, a big “thank you” to all of you who gave so generously to help us exceed our $8,500 goal.

The club hosted several events to help raise funds. Among the special events was Exercise for a Cause. During this fun-filled event, adults participated in group exercise classes, while kids enjoyed fitness activities with Ronald McDonald himself.

In addition to raising funds for the playground, the club has also donated other (gently used) exercise-related items for the new house including three pieces of cardio exercise equipment, one Precor treadmill and two Precor ellipticals. The equipment will be located in the 2nd floor exercise room for use by the adult family members who are staying at the house.

You’re invited to tour the house and get a personal look at the playground and exercise equipment. Come by the community open house on Sunday, Dec. 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 – Come on out and tour the new house!

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November Focus: Cybex SPARC

November 2nd, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Classes, Wildwood Athletic Club
During the month of November, the club will feature Hi Intensity Interval Training using the new Cybex SPARC. Come and sign up for one of our free demos to supercharge your workout! Burn calories. Lose fat. Build muscle. Gain strength. Increase metabolism. Improve power. SPARC does it all, more safely, because it’s biomechanically refined – providing exceptional results with low stress.

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Cybex SPARC is designed to be the most effective cardio experience, allowing for interval and circuit training to best maximize any workout experience. Members and non-members, who would like a special demo, call the club for details!

Club personal trainers doing in-house training with the Cybex national trainer on Cybex SPARC

Club personal trainers doing in-house training with the Cybex national
trainer on Cybex SPARC

Wildwood Party

November 2nd, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Events
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Consider a Kids’ Club party for your child’s next birthday. Parties are available for members and non-members. Your child and friends can enjoy two hours of club fun, including one hour of play in the open gym or one hour of swimming. Kids’ Club attendants coordinate all activities and clean-up, which means you, your child and the invited guests just show up and enjoy!

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Check Out These Great Events All Month

November 2nd, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Classes, Events
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Wonderful Wednesday Massage Special

Schedule a one-hour, Wednesday appointment, with any of our licensed massage therapists for only $50.



Find Your Pilates Buddy

Bring a buddy to your Pilates reformer session
and get a discount! All month long when you bring a buddy to your Pilates class you choose your discount: 2 sessions for $60 or 3 sessions for $75.

Mark Your Calendar for these Other Special Events

WED., NOV. 18 – WED., NOV. 25

Burn the Bird: Your mission is to burn all 3,500 calories of your average Thanksgiving dinner in 7 days! Burn the Bird charts and forms will be available to help track your progress. Sign-up and pick up registration forms, at the front desk, starting November 16.

FRI., NOV. 20, 5:30 – 7 P.M.

Kids’ Club Craft Night: Come make a fun art project and enjoy pizza. Ages 4 and up. This event is FREE for members and only $7.50 for non-members. Parents must stay in the club while children enjoy the event. Non-members: inquire about a free pass to check out the club while you wait.

SAT., NOV. 28, All Day: 7 A.M. – 7 P.M.

Border Battle Day: Calling all OSU & UM Fans! It’s GAME FACE time! Get ready for some competitive FUN! Win points for your team by wearing your team colors, voting for your team and winning club competitions!

5 Things You Can Do to Avoid Getting Hangry

November 2nd, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Health and Wellness
Hangry GirlHave you ever been “hangry”? It’s that demonic dynamic that results when hunger and anger rear their ugly heads (and growl) at the same time. It turns out that it’s not just a funny Instagram hashtag. Hanger is a real phenomenon that is caused by your endocrine system. It’s your primal instincts telling you to “FEED ME.” It’s also a signal that you might need to make some key changes to your daily routine.

What Do Hormones Have to Do With It?

It’s important to keep in mind that all of your body’s systems are intertwined and that the fluctuation of hormones is to blame for this not-so-pretty, but largely avoidable scenario.

When you are hungry, your primal instincts trigger a “fight-or-flight” response to help you secure food. Adrenaline and cortisol rise to help you “hunt,” and often times your first inclination is to go for something sweet as a pick-me-up. Bad move. That sweet treat will spike your insulin levels, causing a subsequent sugar crash that will bring you right back to where you started. Hangry. Stop the vicious cycle by eating nutrient-dense, whole foods to help stabilize blood sugar levels.

Serotonin, which helps regulate our behavior and emotional impulses, tends to fluctuate when we are hungry or stressed. When serotonin levels are low the brain isn’t able to communicate optimally. As a result, we are not able to implement a coping mechanism as we normally would. Hence, the uncharacteristic anger we tend to unleash.

Ghrelin is another hormone responsible for the hangry phenomenon. This hunger hormone functions to increase the sensation of hunger. Although it is produced in the stomach, it has receptors throughout the body and can also trigger anxiety if food is nowhere to be found.

Even our genes get in on the hangry train. When you are hungry, genes such as neuropeptide Y release chemicals in the brain that help regulate anger.

How to Avoid Getting Hangry

The good news is that although hanger is real, it is also very preventable. Here are five things you can do to keep the hanger pains at bay:

  1. Plan your meals. Make sure mealtime doesn’t become a negotiable time slot that gets filled with other priorities. If this happens, hanger will make sure it will become a priority as well.
  2. Prepare yourself with on-the-go fuel like raw nuts. Keep a stash of raw nuts in your desk, purse or car to help stave off hanger when you don’t have time to sit down to a real meal.
  3. Go for real food. Ditch the processed, high-carb snacks. Better yet, rethink the word “snack.” Skip the vending machine and keep an insulated lunch bag or cooler of hardboiled eggs and sweet potato rounds under your desk.
  4. Get some rest. When you don’t get adequate sleep, your levels of ghrelin (the “time to eat” hormone) increase by 28 percent and your levels of leptin (the “let go of the fork” hormone) decrease by 18 percent.
  5. Hydrate. Sometimes you may think you are hungry, when really you are just dehydrated. If you drink a glass of water when you are hungry, it is possible to slightly weaken and satisfy the influence of ghrelin, which can help you temporarily control your hunger. But make sure you find a nutrient-dense whole food in the near future.

Source: Allison Hagendorf, Contributor – ACE (American Council on Exercise), Fit Life magazine