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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.

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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: Strength Training - Prescription for Good Health

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.

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FREE WORKSHOP: Heart Healthy Living!

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.

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FREE WORKSHOP: Sleep Better & Wake Up to Life!

Start getting better sleep by attending our free workshop

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!

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Are You Ready for a Transformation?

​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.

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FREE WORKSHOP: Five Ways to Reverse Your Biological Clock

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.

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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

5 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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!

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Shouldering a Full Load

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

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.

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

Sharon Changed Her Life at Welcyon

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.

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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.

Wholesome, Healthy Holiday Eating

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!

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Coffee Packs a Potent Brew of Health Benefits

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.

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Free Workshop: Beyond Health & Exercise

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!

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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 Boise

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.

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Fit After 50: Turn Back Your Biological Clock!

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.

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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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Announcing Member Mondays

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.

Facebook Challenge

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:

  1. Hit the Like button on our Facebook page, and get one contest entry in your name
  2. Share one of our stories for two entries
  3. Write a review about Welcyon and get three chances to win

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.

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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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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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Fit After 50: Smarter Eating, Healthier You!

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:

  • Best foods for better health
  • Figuring right-sized portions
  • The power of daily protein
  • Yummy yet healthy snack

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

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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Welcyon, a Gym for People Age 50 and Older, Opens in Boise

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.”

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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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Getting Fit After 50 in Boise

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.

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