One half of adults 65 and older have been told by their doctor they have arthritis. Arthritis causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, and can lead to disability. It’s logical to think that if one has a painful joint, exercise and activity should be limited, if not avoided altogether. But studies suggest otherwise, and signal the importance of exercise for your joints.Read more >
Ole is a dedicated member of Welcyon, and it shows.
With a good diet and regular visits to the club, Ole has increased his strength, and been able to eliminate one of his two medications for diabetes.Read more >
Summer isn’t over, yet! Enjoy the beautiful weather and summer fruits and veggies while they are still in season. This grilled zucchini makes the perfect low-calorie side during your Labor Day grill out, and offers a wide range of health benefits.Read more >
It is estimated that after 40 years of age, on average, the human brain shrinks 5% per decade—and shrinkage may accelerate after 70. This is a serious problem, because a decrease in brain volume is associated with memory loss, diminished mental function, dementia, and even mortality. However, an ever-increasing number of research studies show that properly performed exercise actually increases the size of certain regions of the brain in older adults. In the least, exercise can slow the rate and amount of brain shrinkage.Read more >
Janie is a stone carver. She works out at Welcyon to build her strength to avoid job-related injuries. She stays in good shape, which allows her to work in the odd and challenging body positions that her stone carving requires.Read more >
Have you heard of the Mediterranean diet? Learn what it is, and the health benefits associated with it—then enjoy this Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad recipe for a healthy and hearty mediterranean dish.Read more >
Most have heard that endurance exercise is good for us, so we pedal away, go for a walk or run, or move our arms and legs back and forth repeatedly on an elliptical machine. But, have you ever wondered how hard to exercise? The answer all depends on your goal (or goals).Read more >
Give yourself a BIG pat on the back! The chances are excellent that if you’re reading this article, you belong to Welcyon. Whatever your chief reason for exercising, the research is louder and clearer than ever that you are doing the right thing for yourself. Let us explore why.Read more >
Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries pack a healthy punch! These little fruits are not just a sweet summer treat; they’re also a sweet way to ward off disease. Try this recipe for the 4th, and then continue to enjoy it all summer long.Read more >
It’s summer time and you’re feeling fine! But this smoothie will help you to feel even better, because it’s loaded with high-fiber, high-antioxidant ingredients.
Read more to learn about the health benefits this smoothie provides, and to get the recipe.Read more >
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Heart Association (AHA) recommend “adults engage in 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise on 5 days per week.” But what does that mean? Read more for an explanation of “moderate” and “engage,” to demystify how much aerobic exercise you should be getting, and how hard it should be.Read more >
At Welcyon, we offer HIIT classes as a part of our membership, as we recognize the important role HIIT plays in maintaining energy and keeping your body functioning at its best. Recent study results are now showing just how effective HIIT workouts are at providing energy and slowing the aging process.Read more >
Spice up your Cinco de Mayo with this delicious enchilada recipe. It is vegan, and can be made gluten free, making it a dish the whole family can enjoy. Plus, black beans are a great source of fiber and protein, while being low in fat. They are also packed with vitamins and minerals like folic acid, magnesium, potassium, and iron—which are vital to helping your body function properly and stay energized and keep muscles healthy.Read more >
Stronger muscles are the most obvious benefit of doing regular, good quality, strength exercise. However, you might be surprised that there’s a second wonderful benefit from you doing all of those repetitions on the Welcyon strength machines…Read more >
I’m not sure from whom you heard it first: your mother, your grandmother, your grade school teacher, or maybe all of them.“Sit up straight! Don’t slouch!”
Now, an occasional slouch is just fine. What they were hoping to prevent is the habit of slouching, which could lead to bad posture. And, it turns out they were right.Read more >
Spring has officially sprung! What better way to celebrate than with a healthy and refreshing snickerdoodle green smoothie? This indulgently healthy treat will leave your sweet tooth satisfied, without the guilt of an empty cookie jar.Read more >
St. Paddy’s Day is on its way! What better way to celebrate than with healthy and delicious miniature shepherd’s pies? Thanks to spinach and winter squash, this dish packs some powerful nutrients that help your body stay fueled and offer great health benefits. Perhaps it’s just the luck of the Irish that makes this dish both tasty and good for you.Read more >
Being unable to finish a walk, do lawn work or gardening, and play with your grandchildren can diminish your quality of life. Feeling tired or having a lack of energy may be the result of inactivity—so try aerobic exercise!Read more >
That’s a headline you’ve never read. But, considering the seriousness of the problem, it’s one that should be printed on the front page of every newspaper. Without doing the right things (outlined in this blog), the average American who lives an average lifespan will have lost 70% of the muscle tissue in his/her arms and legs. That leads to physical weakness and a gradual, progressive decline in the ability to do the day-to-day activities required to live a full, independent life.Read more >
Pomegranate fruit and juice have many healthy properties. They are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, are a good source of fiber and have anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show that eating the fruit and/or drinking the juice can help protect against disease. Learn what great nutrients one cup of pomegranate seeds contain, and enjoy this delicious dessert with your Valentine.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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 –
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!Read more >
Have you ever thought of your body as a factory? If not, well, it is. And, the great thing is, physical activity/exercise is the power switch that turns your factory on and keeps it humming along. What does your factory produce in response to exercise?Read more >
Sweet potatoes provide some surprising health benefits. Research shows they provide sizable amounts of Vitamin A, C and manganese. They provide anti-inflammatory nutrients and even potentially assist with the regulation of blood sugar since they help steady the pace of digestion.
This year instead of the traditional sugar laden, marshmallow topped, sweet potato casserole, try a savory sweet potato hash. Enjoy all the goodness of the sweet potatoes without the added sugar.Read more >
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 6:30 PM
Our presenter for the workshop, Emily Valla works to educate consumers and businesses about scams, identity theft, wise buying and more in her role as Idaho’s Marketplace Director of Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest. Emily is committed to spreading BBB’s mission to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust.Read more >
Tuesday, September 13, 6:30 PM
From the romantic canals of Venice to the breathtaking Sorrento Coast, Italy brims with magnificent art, architecture and natural beauty. Come make beautiful memories by joining Welcyon on a guided 13-day tour of Italy in April 2017. Get started by attending a special presentation from Collette: Guided by Travel. RSVP: 208-409-7626.Read more >
Five Ways to Keep Upper Arm Muscles Healthy & Strong
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!Read more >
Your Lower Back Pain Could Be Part of a Much Bigger Problem
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.Read more >
Tues, May 17, 6 PM
Strength training is about much more than building muscle—it’s a proven way to prevent or reverse chronic conditions like diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis. Join us to learn how working out can help you live a healthier life.Read more >
Tues, March 29, 6 pm
Want to keep your heart healthy, your cholesterol down, and your health on the up and up? Get moving, mingling and munching! Studies show that many chronic conditions can be tamed by exercising, socializing, and eating a wholesome diet. Get a head start on a healthier you by joining us for this informative session.Read more >
Tues, February 23, 6 pm
How’d you sleep last night? If you had more tossing and turning than restful Z’s, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Left unchecked, the side effects can devastate your health. Start taking back the night by attending this workshop!Read more >
We are excited to be at PURE’s Pure-ly Transformed open house weight-loss event. Visit us on January 20th, 6pm at The Village to learn more about the health and fitness services PURE provides, such as nutritional counseling, massage, stress management, and laser skin tightening.Read more >
Tuesday, Jan 26, 6pm
Sure, those birthdays keep piling up, but you don’t have to get older. At least, not from a biological perspective! In fact, by adopting five simple practices, you can actually look younger, feel more energetic, and shave years off your biological age.Read more >
Stressed out by the Holidays? You’re not alone. For many, the season of joy is often a soul-straining slog through crowded malls, intense family gatherings, and fretful finances. But it doesn’t have to be that way. By making a few simple changes, you can renew your Holiday experience, and find a sense of peace and contentment to carry you into the New Year.Read more >
It starts with a few innocent nibbles at Halloween. Next thing you know, it’s turkey with all the fixings and platters of tempting Holiday desserts. By the time New Year’s hits, your healthy habits have gone off the rails. But don’t despair! We’ve got five tips to help you cut those empty calories while still enjoying hearty, satisfying meals.Read more >
Hitting the Gym Twice a Week Stimulates Brain Health Resistance training is our core focus at Welcyon. For good reason, too. Not only does it make you stronger, healthier, and more energetic—it just might unleash your inner Einstein! Studies show that it’s the most effective way to boost and maintain brain function as we age. That’s one more reason why working out at least twice a week at Welcyon is the smart thing to do.Read more >
For many of us, that big Thanksgiving feast kicks off a season of munching, crunching, and nibbling our way to bigtime weight gain. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little planning, we can navigate minefields of cookies, candies and hot apple pies without gaining an ounce—and still enjoy our favorite meals and treats!Read more >
Richard B. Got Four Times stronger a Whole Lot More Energetic
Recovering from a shoulder injury, Rich needed a way to regain strength and muscle safely. Welcyon’s air-resistance machines helped him get a whole lot stronger plus gain new energy and stamina for softball, biking and all the activities he loves. Our program worked for him and can help you too.Read more >
After a bad fall at age 16, Sharon endured back pain for decades. Even the simplest physical activities became a trial. Suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, she couldn’t find the help she needed at any gym. Until she found Welcyon. Learn how this professional life coach gained strength, flexibility, and renewed joy in living. We can do the same for you.Read more >
In observance of Thanksgiving, Welcyon will be closed on Thursday, November 26.
We’ll resume normal hours for Friday and the weekend. We hope you have a happy, heart-warming celebration with your loved ones.
Enjoy Feasts, Treats & Temptations without Weight Gain!
Tuesday, November 17th, 6:00 pm
Does just thinking about all those holiday goodies expand your waist size? Our free workshop shows you smart, easy ways to enjoy tasty, healthy eating without gaining extra pounds. Read on to learn more and reserve your free seat now!Read more >
Whether you perk it, drip it, steam it or press it, that morning cup of Joe is good for your heart. Plus, new studies find it just might lower your risk for Type 2 diabetes, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and numerous forms of cancer.Read more >
Estate Planning for Peace of Mind
Tuesday, October 20, 6 pm
Right now, your health is a key priority. Staying fit can help you live a long, full and active life. But it’s also critical to plan now for the future of those you love by planning for the eventual disposal of your estate. This FREE session offers invaluable tips about wills, trusts, taxes, and 5 critical control documents you probably didn’t know you needed. Read more to reserve your free seat now!Read more >
In observance of the Labor Day holiday, Welcyon will be closed on Monday, September 7. However, we’ll still be open regular hours on Friday and Saturday. We hope you enjoy a long weekend of picnics, fun and celebration with family and friends.
Studies show that even a “modest deficit” of this critical micronutrient heightens your risk for cancer, heart disease, immune dysfunction and other age-related maladies. Fortunately, it’s abundantly available in a wide range of foods, from fish to walnuts. Are you getting enough selenium? Check out this tip from Dr. Andrew Weil to see if your diet makes the grade.Read more >
This time of year, the gardens and farm stands are bursting with peppers, tomatoes, and onions. Add a little garlic and you’ve got the makings for the season’s first warm and satisfying stew. Nutritious and delicious, it’s easily made—and enjoyed.Read more >
Get ready to work up a healthy sweat and have some fun this fall! Small Group Cardio classes will be offered FREE of charge beginning next month. Stay tuned for more details, including days and times. Remember, to accommodate as many members as possible, you can take a maximum of one class per week. Class sizes are limited to five.Read more >
Tuesday September 22, 6:30 pm
If you’re deskbound and over 50, you might be aging more rapidly than you think. Studies show that sedentary adults are more vulnerable to a host of life-threatening diseases and chronic conditions. But it doesn’t have to be that way! This free session will reveal ways to start turning back your biological clock, and leading a healthier, more energetic life.Read more >
We all know that strength and cardio training are essential components of your complete workout routine. To help you achieve peak form, Welcyon will begin offering Small Group Cardio Classes this fall—FREE of charge! These weekly, coach-led sessions are part of our commitment to bring you the most value for your membership dollars—and the best outcome for your health.Read more >
Summer’s slipping by so fast you can almost smell the sizzle and smoke of Labor Day. Get ready to embrace America’s national outing of picnics and grilling. Check out these mouth-watering recipes for flame-seared chicken with herbed salsa, shrimp & plum kebabs, chipotle-lime corn-on-the-cob, and roasted zucchini. Plus, healthy desserts and refreshing beverages.Read more >
Did you know that owning a pet can reduce your cholesterol? Or that eating a banana a day can help lower blood pressure? Or that dusting off your old guitar and finally nailing Stairway to Heaven can actually expand your mind? You’ll find these, and many other surprising tips for healthy, vibrant living in this quick read on WebMD.Read more >
Here’s a great way to spotlight your business or organization, promote a product or service, or share your passion for a hobby. Starting in September, our new forum—Member Mondays—lets you use the club’s social area to meet, mingle, and discuss topics of interest. Whether you want to get the word out about your kitchen-utensil business, show off your quilting prowess, or enlist other members in your Bridge club—this is the place to do it! Member Mondays will happen weekly from 9 am to noon. Get all the details at the front desk next time you’re in the club.
Fire up your mouse fingers and get ready to click! The Facebook Challenge is coming in September! Good times and great prizes—just for surfing the web! There are three ways to win a $50 Visa Gift Card:
Do all of the above and your name will be entered six times! Contest runs for the month of September. Stop by the front desk next time you’re in the club for all the details.Read more >
Not so long ago, the number-one athletic activity for folks over 50 was bench warming. These days, droves of older athletes are storming the playing field to reclaim their sports. Check out this story from the Minneapolis Star Tribune to learn how health clubs like Welcyon are helping people from 50 to 80 get back in the game and stay there. Read more.Read more >
If you’re over 50, you could be losing muscle—at an alarming rate. That makes you vulnerable to a host of degenerative diseases. Fortunately, Welcyon fitness guru, Mark Richards has a proven strategy for helping you regain strength, fitness and health for years of vital, energetic living.Read more >
Cooking light doesn’t have to mean going light on taste! This saucy summer sizzler tosses shrimp, peas and garlic in a flavorful seafood broth enlivened with cilantro, parsley, and a spicy pinch of red chile. At just 157 calories a serving, it’s a satisfying addition to your picnic-table lineup.Read more >
We will be closed on Saturday, July 4th for Independence Day. Enjoy the holiday!
When Bill Pallasch hit his 80s, the master gardener feared it might be time to hang up his shears. Then he joined Welcyon. Only a few months later, he was hauling, mulching and digging with renewed stamina and strength. Deeply inspired by his success, Bill’s 60-year-old daughter joined Welcyon, too. Learn how the father-daughter duo renewed their health—and family bond—while working out.Read more >
Ah, summertime! Barbecues, baseball, and brain food! Yes, that’s right—brain food! Stay sharp and alert for every sunny moment this season with fruits, veggies and meats that feed your mind. We found 12 picnic-perfect recipes loaded with protein, antioxidants, and brain-healthy fats. Wholesome and delicious, they’ll light up your neurons like the 4th of July!Read more >
With the warm weather coming on, you might be tempted to skip your workouts. While taking it easy might be fun for a week or two, you’ll eventually pay for it with big muscle loss. The good news is that training as little as once a week will maintain the strength you worked so hard to gain. This month, Coach Mark offers five tips for staying motivated and strong during the long, lazy summer.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
Free Wellness Workshop on February 24 at 6:30 pm
To be your best, regular exercise is crucial – and so is healthy eating. Learn how to make smart food choices that get you fit without giving up taste and enjoyment. Plus, sample recipes to get started! Topics include:
Free Week Pass
For every attendee! Includes a personalized workout recommendation and three 1-on-1 sessions with a fitness coach.
Your Own Meal Plan
Plus, year-round counseling with a registered dietician, at no extra cost. Details at workshop.
Mary Bosco, RD - popular speaker and licensed dietitian.
TUESDAY | February 24, 6:30 p.m.
Space is limited. Reserve your FREE seat today!
Call Now 208.409.7626
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!Read more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
Welcyon, Fitness After 50, a new gym tailored to people 50 and older, has opened in Boise. It is the 5-year-old Minnesota-based company’s first Welcyon gym in the Boise metro area.
“There are many adults in their 50s and beyond who want to live healthier, but traditional gyms don’t offer the direction, support and sense of community they are looking for at this stage in their lives,” Welcyon co-founder Suzy Boerboom said in a news release. “We anxiously look forward to providing local residents a place that’s a better fit, a place where they can get stronger, leaner, re-energized and feel the best they have in years.”Read more >
Diabetes is a serious disease affecting more than 29 million people in America. The good news is that you can manage, or entirely eliminate diabetes through aerobic exercise, strength training and nutrition—the pillars of the Welcyon program.Read more >
Bonnie Kirby was at a dinner party when the subject of gyms came up. Everyone among this crowd of Baby Boomers agreed that working out at a big box gym with 20 & 30-somethings “is pretty much a deal killer.” Despite the need, Boise didn’t have a club for adults over 50. That’s when Kirby discovered Welcyon. Next month, the 57-year-old former office manager will open the doors of Welcyon’s new Boise club for business. Read more about her inspiring story in the Idaho Business Review.Read more >