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Studies Show Strength Training Prevents Age-Related Decline

For aging adults, strength training can make the difference between a life of frailty, pain and decline, and decades of health and vitality. While that’s not news to Welcyon members, it’s making big news in the Wall Street Journal. Check out this inspiring story about how adults over 50 are using strength training to overcome health challenges and gain a new lease on life. And remember, you can do the same at Welcyon!


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Introducing Coach Mark—Welcyon’s Fitness Guru

This week, Mark Richards joins our lineup with a new blog about fitness. An expert in athletic training, and physical and occupational therapy, Mark is the mastermind behind Welcyon’s strength-building program. He developed the protocols that help members double their strength within a year. He also trains our coaching staff and provides ongoing guidance for developing new classes and activities.

Just in time for spring, Mark’s first blog, Cardio Training in the Zone, shows you an easy way to use target-heart-rate training to improve cardiac health, and get abundant energy for all the activities you love. If you can breathe, you can follow his simple guidelines. No apps, devices or math required! ​


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Turn Your Walk into a Workout

As a form of exercise, walking has long played second-fiddle to running. Now, with a boost from intense, interval-style workouts, walking has become a great way to improve aerobic fitness and leg strength while lowering blood pressure. And it’s much easier on the body than running. Read more in the New York Times.


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Welcyon Unveils New Design and Décor for Clubs

It’s a new year and a new look for Welcyon! Starting with our recently opened clubs in Burnsville, MN and Boise, ID, we rolled out a sophisticated spa-like design. Incorporating natural elements like bamboo trees, water walls, and vibrant outdoor imagery, it’s an inspiring setting for working out, socializing and relaxing. Take a virtual tour and read the story behind the design for all new Welcyon health clubs.


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Eat Something Fishy for a Healthier Heart and Brain

Protect your heart and boost your brain by eating fish. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, cold-water fish like salmon can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, some cancers, and diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Learn more about the many ways fish oil can improve your health in this article from Dr. Andrew Weil, integrative-medicine pioneer. ​


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Work Out. Eat Right. Lose Weight.

​You work out hard in the club. Why doesn’t it show on the bathroom scale? Although the benefits of exercise are innumerable, weight loss isn’t one of them. Shedding pounds requires a smart nutrition plan to go with your workouts. And that means more than counting calories. Learn the latest findings on exercise, nutrition and weight loss in this article by Dr. Jonny Bowden, renowned nutrition expert.


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Welcyon to open in Las Vegas area this spring

Welcyon is coming to the Las Vegas area! Our newest (and seventh) club opens in Henderson, NV this spring. Franchisees Dr. Mark and Suzanne Severino have extensive healthcare and fitness backgrounds, making them ideal to lead a business whose focus is on helping adults over 50 enjoy healthy, active aging.


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Skip Breakfast. Train Hard. Lose Weight.

Trying to shed a few pounds? Forget about the breakfast of champions! Exercising in the early morning before breakfast primes your body to burn baby burn!


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Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Chia

There’s no cream, but it’s oh so creamy! Cauliflower provides the rich and smooth feel of this luscious, warming soup. Add the super-food power of chia seeds, and you’ve got a nutritious meal that’s low on calories and high in fiber, magnesium, calcium and antioxidants.


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Sitting More Deadly than Obesity

You might want to sit down for this. On second thought, stand up! Research shows that “being sedentary may be twice as deadly as being obese.” The good news is that doing as little as 20 minutes of brisk walking a day can significantly decrease the chances of an early death. This is true whether you’re normal weight, overweight or obese.


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