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Bok Choy Slaw Recipe

In recent years bok choy has become more widely available in the United States to consumers and nutritionally, bok choy is a great choice. It is low in calories and glycemic index and high in vitamins K, C and A. It can be added raw to salads or served cooked in a stir-fry or sautéed as a side dish (1 cup of cooked boy choy is only 20 calories). It is richer in vitamin A than some other cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.


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Make Your Exercise Routine for 2017 “Just Right”!

Welcyon Members 2017

When it comes to answering the question, ‘How hard should I exercise?’ who would have imagined that a little girl in the cottage of three bears would be so prophetic? Goldilocks instructed us, ‘not too hard’, ‘not too easy’, ‘but just right’! Time and time again, exercise research has demonstrated the exact same thing; use just the right intensity to safely get really good exercise results.


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Weight Loss Blues? New Hope For A New Year!

Year after year, “losing weight” is the most common New Years resolution. It is pretty safe to say it is also the worst kept resolution. There are a few key reasons why the weight loss resolution almost never sticks –

  • Research shows that almost all ‘diets’ have little, if any, lasting weight-loss effect
  • It’s humanly unnatural (if not impossible) to live in a constant state of mild hunger when food is readily available, and,
  • We’ve been told that to lose weight, you need to eat less and exercise more. But, studies show that exercising more stimulates one to eat more, in order to replace the calories burned by the exercise. In fact, for physically active people, caloric intake is very-well balanced by calories burned; almost automatically. Proof of that? Almost all people who have regularly exercised for years maintain the same body weight.


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Holiday dessert-worthy and still on the diet!

These days it is hard to find a recipe that works for everyone and still taste good enough to qualify as a holiday-worthy dessert. What with all of the gluten free, dairy free, grain free, and reduced sugar dietary needs, it is hard to accommodate them all. If you are a chocolate lover, this recipe will do just that—and still tastes great. You can even go ala mode with some coconut or almond milk ice cream!


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“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

Happy Welcyon member and coach

How About, “Exercise, Be Happy!”?

In 1988, Bobby McFerrin released the popular and catchy tune, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” While it is good advice, one study shows that exercise helps too!

Researchers recruited 120 men and women with an average age of 71 years. Half of them performed a variety of walking, stretching, movement, and balance exercises regularly for 8 weeks. The other half did not perform formal exercise.

The results?


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Heart Felt Good Health

Welcyon Member David E.

Three days before Thanksgiving, David’s heart stopped 13 times. After a few days in the hospital, he was home in time for turkey. But on Christmas morning, he went into cardiac arrest again. This time he emerged from the cardiac unit with a pacemaker, and a brand new attitude. He knew it was time to make some serious changes. See how two years of workouts at Welcyon have helped him shed 25 pounds, shed inches from his waist, and gain a whole lot of new strength and energy for life.


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Biceps, Triceps and You

Five Ways to Keep Upper Arm Muscles Healthy & Strong

Bicep Tricep Machine

Whether you’re swinging a tennis racquet or lifting your grandchild, you need strong biceps and triceps. But as we age, these muscles can rapidly diminish, leaving us unable to do even the simplest chores. Fortunately, strength training can restore lost muscle and prevent age-related loss. Check out five ways to tone up—safely and fast!


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Oh, My Aching Back!

Your Lower Back Pain Could Be Part of a Much Bigger Problem

Man with Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain seems like an inevitable part of aging. Just pass the ibuprofen and carry on. Right? Actually, discomfort in the lumbar region is often the first symptom of deeper problems that can drastically impact your mobility and quality of life. Fortunately, there’s a practical solution that builds strength, corrects posture, and eliminates back pain. And it doesn’t come in a bottle.


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Doubling Up on Fitness

Johnson Twins

We all know that working out with a friend is a great motivator. But what about working out with your twin? Double fun or double jeopardy? Ask twin brothers Rod and Ron Johnson. The pair belong to Welcyon, and encourage each other to work out three or four times a week. The only catch is Rod’s club is in Boise, ID, and Ron’s is in Lakewood, CO. Yet despite the mountains and plains between them, they remain closer than many siblings who live in the same town. You might say, this is a case of distance making the heart grow stronger.


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5 Reasons You Need a Strong Core

Strong Core

There’s a lot more to strong abdominal muscles than a “ripped six pack.” In fact, even if those muscles never see the light of day, your time on the ab machine is well spent. From lifting your grandkids to eliminating back pain, a strong core delivers big benefits to your health and quality of life.


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