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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: Life Reimagined!

Tuesday, April 5, 6 PM & Wednesday, April 6, 11 AM

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: Eat Your Way to Healthy Living

Tuesday, March 15, 6 pm

Does your diet provide fuel for healthy living? Or toxic waste that spawns chronic conditions like high cholesterol, hypertension, insomnia, fatigue, mood swings and depression? The fact is, what we eat makes the difference between glowing good health, or a life of pain, sickness, and disease. Attend this session and learn how to harness the power of food for good health.

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FREE WORKSHOP: New Diet for a Healthy Heart

Tuesday, February 16, 6 pm

For decades, dietary fat and cholesterol were the big targets in the war on heart disease. But the latest evidence shows that sugar and refined carbohydrates are the real enemies. Attend this informative session to learn about a new way of eating that could save your life!

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FREE WORKSHOP: New Year. New Diet. New You!

Tuesday, January 19, 6 pm

Good nutrition is the foundation of any health and fitness program. But getting the right plan in place can be hard. Where do you start? How do you put the tastiest, most nutritious meals on your table? Get your New Year off to a wholesome start by attending this enlightening workshop.

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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 and will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We hope you have a happy, heart-warming celebration with your loved ones.

Healthy Holiday Eating

Smart Tips, Free Samples, Bonus Recipes!
Tuesday, Nov 10, 7pm

Ah, the holidays, when the feasting’s easy—and the weight loss is so hard! Fear not! This free session shows you smart ways to enjoy healthy, delicious feasts—ensuring the turkey is the only one stuffed this holiday season. 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: Core Power

How to Improve Posture, Relieve Back Pain & Feel 10 Years Younger!
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6 pm

Strengthening your “core” is the key to feeling and moving like you did a decade ago. Want to stand taller? Sit straight? Look thinner? Reduce back pain? Up your game? And lift more than you can today? Offering invaluable tips and pointers, this workshop will expand your understanding and help you strengthen your core and protect your back.

Read more to reserve your free seat today!

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Join Us for Our Grand Re-Opening

This Saturday—September 5—marks three years since we opened our doors in Sioux Falls. We’re kicking off a week of celebrations by unveiling our vibrant décor, introducing new equipment, and kicking off our Coach’s Corner instructor-led fitness classes. Plus, we’ll be hosting Open Houses on two Saturdays: September 19 and 26, from 10 am - 12 pm.

Be sure to bring a friend or two for tours, coffee, hot chocolate and healthy snacks. It’s our way of thanking you for your loyalty and membership. We love having you in our community.

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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Fit After 50: Turn Back Your Biological Clock!

Tuesday September 29, 6:00 pm

If you’re deskbound and over 50, you might be aging more rapidly than you think. But it doesn’t have to be that way! This FREE session explores scientifically proven ways to build strength, boost energy and prevent many diseases and chronic conditions that plague sedentary adults.

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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.

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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Fit After 50: Smoothies for Super Health!

Free Wellness Workshop on March 17 at 6 pm

Quick, easy and super nutritious, smoothies are a delicious way to increase strength, vitality and overall wellbeing. Transform your blender into a fountain of good health by attending this tasty workshop led by Joyce Swanson, Healthy Eating Expert.

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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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Come Visit Us at Winterfest

Looking for something to do this weekend? Come visit us during Winterfest of Wheels at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. This benefit for Cure Kids Cancer has something for all ages. Take in the cars, trucks, and motorcycles on display, and stop by the expanded ‘Ditch your Man’ room to visit many fun exhibitors.

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Fit After 50: Healthy Heart, Longer Life!


Heart attacks. Strokes. High blood pressure. We’re more vulnerable to cardiovascular disease as we age. Learn steps you can take to keep a healthy heart and live longer. This insightful workshop discusses:

  • Symptoms and risk factors
  • Treatment options
  • Natural, holistic alternatives
  • Best ways to prevent disease

For every attendee! Includes a personalized workout recommendation and three 1-on-1 fitness sessions with a fitness coach.

TUESDAY | February 17, 6 p.m
Space is limited. Reserve your FREE seat today!
Or call now 605.274.0070.

Dr. Mark Gordon, FACC, MD – one of the area’s top cardiologists.

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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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You’re Invited to Our February Open Houses!

Be sure to stop by for a cup of hot chocolate or apple cider during our February Open Houses. Bring along your family and friends for a tour. If they join they get a discount and you earn a bonus FREE month or $50 VISA Gift Card.

February 7 and 21 from 10 AM-Noon

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Keep Your Heart Healthy: Workshop with Dr. Mark Gordon

Heart attacks. Strokes. High blood pressure. We’re more vulnerable to cardiovascular disease as we age. Learn steps you can take to keep your heart healthy and live longer.

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Healthy Bingo Blackout Challenge

Workout to Win!

Workout for a chance to win pedometers, water bottles, coffee mugs and more during our Healthy Bingo Blackout Challenge.

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Get Juiced for the Valentine’s Day Fruit Fest!

​We’re bananas over our members, and really think you and Welcyon go pear-fectly together! That’s why we’re inviting you to help yourself to some fresh fruit during our Valentine’s Day Fruit Fest! Be sure to swing by for a jammin’ good time!

February 13 – 14

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 Healthier You From Head to Toe

Join us for our FREE event and make 2015 a healthy New Year! Dr. Carrie Carlson will share practical tips based on groundbreaking research to be fitter, with more energy to enjoy life.

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OPEN HOUSE!  Invite Your Friends and Family

Bring your friends and family to Welcyon and warm up with a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or hot apple cider.

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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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Welcyon is Spreading Holiday Joy

We are giving back to Sioux Falls families, children, and adults this holiday season with excellent participation from our members. Welcyon’s ‘Spread the Holiday Joy-Wrap it Up, Warm it Up’ campaign was a great success!

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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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Exercise helps with diabetes

Welcyon Sioux Falls member Mary Ann Hofer was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about a year ago. Although she never belonged to a gym before, Mary Ann joined Welcyon in an effort to manage her condition. Today she has reversed her diabetes with the help of Welcyon’s exercise and nutrition program.

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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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Warm It Up, Wrap It Up

Welcyon, Fitness After 50 - Sioux Falls, has teamed up with the Salvation Army, Children’s Inn, and Life 96.5 to bring you Warm It Up, Wrap It up! Now through November 26th, bring in your gift wrapping supplies to help benefit Children’s Inn. Welcyon Sioux Falls will also accept warm clothing for children and adults through December 13th. Help us collect coats, hats, gloves, and scarves!

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Real World Races Without Leaving The Gym

Mark your calendars. Welcyon - Sioux Falls will start their next fitness challenege November 10th.

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Get Fit: Mindful eating, working out quell diabetes scare

Mary Ann Hofer ate what she wanted, when she wanted. When her doctors diagnosed her with Type 2 diabetes she joined Welcyon with the goal of losing 20-30 pounds. Coupled with Welcyon’s personalized workout and nutrition plan that was designed just for her, she has dropped 40 pounds and is no longer taking medication for her diabetes.

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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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