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Edina, MN 55424-1870
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Chocolate-Hazelnut Homemade Granola

Original recipe published by Evan Thomas on Dailyburn.com

Chocolate Granola
Chocolate Granola

A low-sugar alternative to store-purchased granola.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes


  • 2 cups rolled oats (not quick cooking)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup roasted hazelnuts, lightly chopped
  • Preparation

    1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
    2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, cocoa powder, and salt.
    3. Add in the vanilla extract, maple syrup, and vegetable oil and mix thoroughly.
    4. Lay the oats out on a non-stick baking tray about ½-inch thick.
    5. Bake for 25 minutes.
    6. Remove from the oven and let the granola cool.
    7. Once cooled, break up the granola into clusters and toss with the chopped hazelnuts.
    8. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

    Exercise and Bone Health

    Weight Bearing Exercise
    Weight Bearing Exercise

    Weight Bearing Exercise Can Improve Bone Health

    Osteoporosis is a very common and serious problem. The good news is, exercising
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    Feel Weaker? Tiring Easily? Gaining Weight?

    Coach guiding member through workout

    You’re not getting older, you’re losing muscle.

    Here’s the good news: Studies show you can rebuild muscle, regain strength and turn back your biological clock with safe, supervised strength-training. On average, Welcyon members get twice as strong in a year. And you can too!

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    Breaking News!

    Welcyon Makes New Year’s Resolution: NEW Wellness Programming for YOU!

    ActivLife Logo

    It’s a new year and a time for new resolutions! Our resolution is to continue to help you achieve not only your physical wellness but help guide your journey to enhance your social and intellectual wellness too! Welcyon is excited to unveil its new ActivLife Solutions (ActivLife) program focused on bringing comprehensive physical, social and intellectual wellness to YOU in January.

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    Benefits of Omega Fatty Acids

    ENIVA Omega 3-6-9 Salad Oil

    Omega fatty acids are very important dietary fats, each bringing its own set of benefits to your health. A lack of any of these fatty acids, or an imbalance, can contribute to a variety of chronic conditions.

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    4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles

    chocolate truffles

    At Welcyon, we believe in being healthy, and making choices that align with your fitness goals. But, we also don’t believe in depriving yourself, especially during the holidays. We want to make your holidays as healthy as possible, and found a recipe that will leave your sweet tooth satisfied, without the guilt. Remember, moderation is always recommended when it comes to desserts, even the “better-for-you” versions!

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    Instant Pot Refried Beans with Onion, Garlic, and Chiles

    Refried Beans with Onion, Garlic, and Chiles

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    Fighting the Flu and Other Illness

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    Easy Delicata Squash with Orange & Pistachios

    Delicata Squash

    Eating seasonal ingredients isn’t just friendly on your wallet, is also provides nutrients that tend to be important during that season. For instance, the squash for this recipe is harvested in the fall, and is a great source of vitamins A and C, which both play important roles in fighting off those fall infections and colds.

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    Finding Her Fit at Welcyon

    Lisa B Member Success

    Since joining Welcyon, Lisa has progressed 168%, and her upper body strength has improved over 250%.

    She says she always feels more energized when she leaves the club. Learn more about her success!

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    Spicy Pumpkin Chili

    Pumpkin Chili

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    Exercise for Arthritis: Defying Logic

    Welcyon member exercising with coach

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    Getting Diabetes Under Control

    Successful Member Ollie

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    Grilled Zucchini

    Grilled Zucchini

    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.

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    Exercise: Expand Your Brain?!

    Exercising Brain

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    Janie Westin, Stone Carver

    Janie on Welcyon's smart equipment

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    Are You Getting a Good Value From Your Dietary Supplements?

    ENIVAHealth Supplements

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    Join us for a free social hour on Thursday, August 10th from 6–8pm to learn about supplements and help determine whether you’re getting your money’s worth.

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    Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad Recipe

    Garbanzo Bean Salad

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    Aerobic Exercise: How Hard Should It Be?

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    Members exercising at Welcyon

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    Fire Cracker Parfait

    Red white and blue parfait

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    “Orange You Glad It’s Summer” Smoothie Recipe

    orange mango smoothie

    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.

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    Aerobic Exercise: Getting it Just Right

    Welcyon members doing aerobic exercise

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    Welcyon Members in HIIT Class

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    Vegan enchilada filling

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    Welcyon Strength Exercise: The Energizer Bunny® Secret

    Welcyon strength training

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    Are you concerned about osteoporosis? If so, Welcyon, Fitness After 50 can help.

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    Welcyon neck stretch

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    Spring Snickerdoodle Smoothie

    healthy green smoothie

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    Healthy Mini Shepherd's Pie

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    Build Your Endurance

    Welcyon members on recumbent bikes

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    Muscle Vanishing in Aging Adults

    Welcyon member working out

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    Chocolate Pom-Poms for Valentine’s Day

    chocolate covered pomegranate seeds

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    Bok Choy Slaw Recipe

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    Make Your Exercise Routine for 2017 “Just Right”!

    Welcyon Members 2017

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    Weight Loss Blues? New Hope For A New Year!

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    Holiday dessert-worthy and still on the diet!

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    How is Your Factory Running?

    Welcyon club members

    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?

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    Hash Out a Healthy Thanksgiving Side

    healthy Thanksgiving side dish

    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.

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    Get Your Flu Shot at Welcyon

    Flu season ahead sign

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    If you’re 65 or older, you’re at greater risk for serious complications from the flu. Protect yourself, other club members, and your loved ones this season by getting a flu shot at our clinic.

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    FREE Workshop: What’s Your Game Plan for Aging?

    Confused figure

    Tuesday, August 23, 5:30 PM

    Have you thought about where you’ll live as you age? Who will care for you if you are disabled? If your spouse or loved one becomes ill, are you prepared to provide care? Tough questions to be sure, but the comfort and security of your older years requires a detailed game plan. We can help!

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    Italian Vista

    FREE Travel Presentation on Tuesday, August 2, 5:30 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: Ginny Peterson at ginny.petersen@welcyon.com.

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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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    FREE WORKSHOP: Choose! A Life Reimagined Practice

    Making choice concept image

    Tuesday, June 21, 5:30 PM

    There’s a time in life when we ask—what’s next? That’s what Life Reimagined is all about! During this follow-up session, we’ll dive into “Choose,” one of the six practices of Life Reimagined check-ups. You’ll work to clarify, identify, and crystalize your goals.

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    Join us for a Cinco de Mayo Celebration!

    Cinco de Mayo Nachos

    If you’re a Welcyon member, join us as we go south of the border to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! We’ll have chips, guacamole, and salsa to help you commemorate the victory of Mexican troops over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. Thursday, May 5th—All Day!

    FREE WORKSHOP: Eat Well. Be Well!

    Veggies in pill form

    Tuesday, May 17, 5:30 PM

    Is your diet making you sick? This eye-opening workshop shows the link between poor nutrition and illness. You’ll learn how simple changes can prevent or reverse type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and other life-threatening chronic-inflammatory diseases.

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    FREE WORKSHOP: Explore Your Life!

    Tuesday, April 19, 5:30 pm

    Eager to reimagine your life? In this interactive workshop, we’ll take a deep dive into one of Life Reimagined’s core practices: Explore. We’ll discuss ways to approach the future with openness and curiosity and tips for discovering new possibilities. We’ll also consider ideas for expanding our comfort zones and what to do when feel stuck.

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    FREE WORKSHOP: Life Reimagined!

    Hot Air Balloon Flying Over Maze

    Tuesday, March 22, 5:30 pm

    Today, we Americans are living longer than ever. But are we living better? As we push past 50, we must navigate a daunting maze of economic, health, social and technological challenges. How do you choose your path, find your place, and create a new purpose for the next half of life? That’s what Life Reimagined is all about. Join us for this two-hour “life checkup” where you’ll get inspired about your possibilities.

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    FREE WORKSHOP: The Healing Power of Social Connections

    Learn how social connections are important to health

    Tuesday, February 23, 5:30 pm

    Sure, socializing is fun. But is it critical to your health? Absolutely! Studies show that our health, happiness, and overall sense of well-being are directly linked to the quality of our social connections. Learn how to build community and strengthen social bonds at this informative session.

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    FREE WORKSHOP: Feast on Healthy Eating in the New Year

    Feast on Healthy Eating

    Tuesday, Jan 19, 5:30 pm

    Good nutrition is the cornerstone of any health and fitness program. But getting the right plan in place can be hard. Learn how to choose the best foods for your goals and lifestyle at this casual, informational meeting hosted by Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.

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    Defusing Holiday Stress

    There’s a cure for holiday stress

    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.

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    Five Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

    Five Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

    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.

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    Can Strength Training Make You Smarter?

    Hitting the Gym Twice a Week Stimulates Brain Health

    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.

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    5 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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    Shouldering a Full Load

    Richard B. Got Four Times stronger a Whole Lot More Energetic

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    Strong and Pain-free: How Sharon Changed Her Life at Welcyon

    Sharon Changed Her Life at Welcyon

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    Welcyon Closed on Thanksgiving

    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.

    Less Stress, More Merry!

    How to Get More Joy from the Holidays
    Tues., Nov. 17, 5:30 pm

    Make this a merry holiday season by doing away with those unwelcome guests—stress and depression. Fear not, this workshop offer practical tips and calming ways to experience the true joys of the season. Read on to learn more and reserve your free seat now!

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    Coffee Packs a Potent Brew of Health Benefits

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    Free Workshop: Stop Aging, Start Living!

    How Strength Training Turns Back Your Clock

    Tuesday, Oct. 20, 5:30 pm

    The data is in and the experts agree: strength training is one of the best things you can do to improve your health. From increasing stamina and energy to decreasing blood pressure and cholesterol, it’s the closest thing we’ve got to the fountain of youth.

    Offering invaluable tips and pointers, this workshop will expand your understanding and help you get the most from your strength-training sessions. Read more to reserve your free seat today!

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    Welcyon Closed on Labor Day

    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.

    Want to Live Longer? Eat Your Selenium!

    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.

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    Stewed Peppers Harvest a Bowl of Warm Flavors

    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.

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    Free Small Group Cardio in Edina

    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 Tuesday, October 6. An additional 30-minute class is available on Thursday, October 8. Stay tuned for more details, including times.

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    Fit After 50: Brain Fitness for Life!

    Tuesday - September 22, 5:30 pm

    Is your brain firing on all circuits? Or unplugging one neuron at a time? Brains—like muscles—need exercise to thrive—especially as we age. Whether you want to stay competitive at work or keep up with your grandkids, this free session will show you how to get your brain going full throttle!

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    Coming this Fall: Free Small Group Cardio Classes!

    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.

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    Fire Up a Healthy Feast for Labor Day

    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.

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    Healthy Tips for Eating & Living Well After 50

    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.

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    You’re Never Too Old to Compete!

    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.

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    Want to Live Longer? Get Stronger!

    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.

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    Summer Thriller: Garlic Shrimp with Peas

    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.

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    Happy 4th of July!

    We will be closed on Saturday, July 4th for Independence Day. Enjoy the holiday!

    Dad and Daughter Snip Old Age in the Bud

    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.

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    12 Brainy Recipes for Summer Fun

    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!

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    5 Tips for Staying Strong All Summer

    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.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    A Fond Farewell to Gail Bolger

    A Fond Farewell to Gail Bolger

    At the end of January, Gail Bolger, manager of the Bloomington and Edina clubs, is stepping down so she can step up to her next adventure in life! Gail has been with Welcyon from the opening of Bloomington and made major contributions to the growth, quality and customer focus of our company. A personal trainer and an expert in fitness, she helped develop our Small Group Cardio classes and rolled them out to all the clubs.

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    Ki McCue Named Manager of Welcyon Edina

    Ki McCue Named Manager of Welcyon Edina

    On February 1, Ki McCue will begin serving as manager of our Edina club. With her incredible people skills, love of fitness and exercise, and deep managerial experience, Ki is a very valuable addition to our team. Before joining Welcyon, she was regional sales director at Herman Miller, a manufacturer of premium office furniture.

    “Like Welcyon, Herman Miller is a servant-leadership company. The philosophy is all about how managers can help people succeed,” Ki said. “My goal is to continue nurturing this incredible environment where coaches and members thrive.”

    A life-long athlete, Ki was once a women’s collegiate tennis coach, and still regularly heads out to the courts. She also enjoys running, biking, strength training, and hiking in the mountains of Idaho. She lives in Mound, and has two grown sons.

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    Get Fit with HIIT! Preview Workshops Start in January

    Crank the voltage on your fitness program with a HIIT Class (high intensity interval training). These intensive cardio sessions help you burn calories, shed body fat and lose weight. Even better, you’ll build muscle, strength, speed and stamina, while lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.

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      Bust the Blues with Winter Workouts

      A Guide for Staying Healthy, Happy and Fit During the Winter Months

      With the snow flying and the mercury plunging, it’s time to build a little heat with a winter workout program! From boosting your energy to beating the blues, winter exercise creates year-round benefits. Check out our guide for practical tips on making the most of your indoor and outdoor workouts during the cold months.

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      Join now and save $50

      Can you believe the new year is almost upon us? Build strength and be your healthiest for the festivities ahead by joining Welcyon today.

      To help you get started, we’re reducing our joiner’s fee for December by $50, so you’ll pay only $49.

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      Welcyon Holiday Hours

      The holidays are quickly approaching and we wish you special time spent with friends and family. Please take note of the changes to our hours for the holidays and adjust your workout accordingly.

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      Beating diabetes, how Welcyon can help you

      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.

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      A gym for the over-50s

      Fitness programs for older adults is among the top 10 fitness trends in America. Welcyon, Fitness After 50, is carving out a niche in the fitness industry by catering to those who aren’t necessarily in peak physical shape and might not feel at home in a gym filled with loud music and taut, Spandex-clad flesh.

      Life coach Sharon Merges knew Welcyon was the place for her when she was invited to give a talk on chronic pain at Welcyon. She was impressed by the welcoming staff and the friendly feeling of the place. Now she works out three times a week at Welcyon’s Edina location, following a program adjusted for her physical condition.

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      Staying Strong—and Growing Stronger—After 50

      These days, hitting 50 is no cause for easing into the slow lane. In fact, it’s time to kick the accelerator and get on down the highway. Welcyon members know the next leg of their journey requires strength, stamina, and a tankful of good attitude. Thanks to our safe, friendly, scientifically designed workout environment, scores of aging Boomers are getting the support—and muscle—they need to turn the Golden Years into a Gold Rush of health, fitness and vitality. Now, with our new Strength Analysis, we’ve got the stats to prove that fitness after 50 isn’t a dream—it’s the new reality for a growing number of Americans.

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