Ryan Robb’s Path to Health

My history with Four Seasons goes back to my childhood where I spent countless hours utilizing the facility. When I came back to the area in 2006, with my soon-to-be wife and no longer under my parents umbrella, I naturally returned to the place I knew so well. Needless to say, I haven’t looked back. However, it hasn’t always been easy; my fitness has been somewhat of a rollercoaster. I am sure others may relate that “life happens.”

I was always athletic, even playing baseball in college, but a knee injury halted any continuation down that path.  I finished college in December 2007 at what I consider a staggering 207.6 lbs; a far cry from my athletic years where I averaged mid-180s. After looking at myself in pictures on a graduation trip, I decided it was time to get my act together. With Four Seasons at my disposal, both my wife and I began a weightloss journey and, yes, we were one of those new year’s resolution people at the beginning of 2008.  In a matter of about 4 months I had dropped 45 lbs.

I managed to keep most the weight off for years, but as the pages of life turned the weight was slowly creeping back up. In 2009 it was about 170, in 2010 it was about 180, and in 2011 when we had our first child I topped out at 192.  In 2012, with Four Seasons by my side, I got myself back in gear and lost 18 lbs which I managed to sustain until 2015 and 2016 when we had our second and third children. Regrettably, I allowed myself to reach 213.6 lbs; this was the highest weight I have ever been! Once again, it was time for a change; with 3 young children it was extremely difficult for me to find time to focus on myself.

Thankfully, with a bit of flexibility/help from my employer, I started working out over my lunch period. My lunches were typically wasted sitting in my car or browsing the internet i.e. extremely inefficient. With Four Seasons providing a convenient location to my job, and with all the amenities needed, I was able do short (20 minute) workouts every weekday and a longer (2 hours of basketball) workout on Saturdays. Within 32 weeks I was back down to 185 lbs –  a loss of 28!

I can’t thank this fitness center enough for always being there. Over my journey, I have utlized both locations, all the equipment, the pools, the hot tub, the basketball courts (my favorite), the track, childcare, group fitness classes, etc. Four Seasons really has all the tools to promote a healthy lifestyle and help cope with the changes that life can bring!

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Eat Smart Month – Be at your peak this holiday season!

Tips from the American Heart Association

 

You can be the best you – at your peak – by eating smart, moving more and making your well-being a priority. And you don’t have to put these healthy habits on pause during the holidays. We’ve got lots of ways to make the healthy choice the easy choice, as well as the fun and festive choice!

  • Choose seasonal fruits and vegetables to give your meals, snacks and party dishes that healthy holiday spirit. Try apples, dates, leafy greens, pears, pumpkin, root vegetables, sweet potato and winter squash. If you have a farmer’s market near you, walk or bike there for a bit of extra exercise.
  • Enjoy some of the special treats and splurges of the season without overdoing it. Balance is the key. For example, if you’re going to miss your workout for a holiday event, walk during lunch or ride your bike to work. If dinner is going to be a feast, opt for a light lunch.
  • Commit to staying healthy during the holidays. For example: “For the next three weeks I will move more and do something active every day, have a healthy breakfast and limit the sweets, and get at least seven hours of sleep each night.” If you don’t completely give up your healthy habits, you won’t feel like you have to start all over once the holidays are in the rear-view.
  • Eat smart at special holiday events. They often serve up extra helpings of less-than-healthy foods. If you’re a guest, eat a healthy snack before you go to avoid overdoing it at the event. If you’re the host, challenge yourself to offer some delicious and healthier options using our recipes and cooking tips. Your guests will thank you.
  • Keep the family active. When the kids are out of school, squeeze in some active chores and trips to the park. Break up the video game marathon with a physical activity break. Take advantage of cooler weather to get moving outdoors.

Find more ways to stay at your peak at heart.org/HealthyforGood

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Juan’s Transformation

My name is Juan Hernandez and I am from Mexico. I came to the U.S. about 3 years ago, and I’m a network engineer currently working at State Farm. I like to travel with my friends and try new restaurants and go to new places.

My work and my lifestyle were sedentary, which led me to gain a lot of weight, in addition to eating food from restaurants (which was expensive and unhealthy).

Over the years I have tried a lot of things to lose weight, like buying an elliptical and a treadmill (which I still have in my house and hang my clothes on). I also bought a bicycle because I thought it could be a good way to get to work and lose some weight in the process. There have been times that I reached my ideal weight by running outside or using the treadmill, but…

The issue was not maintaining it, because of lack of consistency. I am one of those guys who gets easily bored doing the same stuff over and over, and running or bicycling are no exceptions. Then I decided to join Four Seasons and give it a shot. Over the last year and a half, I have lost about 45 pounds by committing to go to the gym at least 4 times per week (but most of the time I go 5, even 6). Four Seasons has a variety of machines and physical activities, so whenever I feel bored I try something else. My objective is to keep moving. Sometimes I run on the treadmill or track, sometimes I swim or go to a fitness class, and sometimes I lift weights.

How this has helped me? Well… I feel lighter, I am faster, I have more endurance and stamina. I don’t feel tired trough the day, my old clothes fit me again, so I don’t have to buy new. I am happy with the results!

If you think you need a life-style change, I recommend membership at Four Seasons. It is a wise investment, keeps you healthy and the time you spend working out will fill you with energy and ideas to fully accomplish your day-to-day activities!

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Dan’s Determination

Dan Miller has been a member at Four Seasons for over 10 years. His favorite part about the club is how much he feels at home when he comes in. He has made many friends at the club with members and employees. Dan, once dubbed “the mayor of Four Seasons,” is always ready with a cheerful hello and smile to everyone who passes by.

When Dan was in his 20s and 30s he didn’t care about his health or working out. He didn’t eat well and never went to the gym. Then when he was in his 40s he had a massive stroke. Doctors told him he would never walk or talk again. It was a dismal diganosis, but Dan was very determined to prove them wrong and turn his life around.

He now works out 5 to 6 days a week for 2 hours at a time, rain or shine. You can usually find him walking the steps singing along to his radio, or on the cardio equipment cheering when someone wins on Price is Right! But what has really helped him with his rehabilitation is training 3 days a week with Steve Keist, Four Seasons Personal Trainer. Steve has been training Dan for 6 years now and the progress he has made is astounding. Dan is now 61 years old and doing things in the gym he would have never dreamed of doing when he was younger. Determination, committment, consistency and a postitive attitude have made all the difference!

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Protect Your Skin!

 

Submitted by Becky Powell, Community Cancer Center

As we enter the summer months and enjoy warm temperatures, cookouts, and pool parties it is important to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun.  According to the Skin Cancer Foundation more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in this country than all other cancers combined.  Approximately 1 in 5 American will develop a skin cancer by age 70.  Additionally, the number of new melanoma skin cancer cases has increased 53 percent over the last 10 years.

Protecting your skin from the damaging rays of the sun is something everyone must make a priority. When it comes to skin protection, there are many different types of sunscreen products on the market. Chemical versus physical sunscreen are terms you may or may not be familiar with. Physical sunscreens contain mineral ingredients such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide and work by deflecting the sun’s rays away from the skin.  Chemical sunscreens, also referred to as chemical absorbers, contain ingredients such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone.  They work by changing the sun’s rays into heat which is then released from the skin.  There are pros and cons to both types but when selecting a product make sure it states “broad spectrum” so it protects you from both the UVA and UVB rays of the sun and has at least a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30. Other key steps to skin protection include:

  • Seekingshade when attending outdoor activities
  • Re-applying your sunscreen every 2 hours or more depending on your outdoor activity.
  • Wearing protective clothing such as hats, long sleeves, sunglasses
  • Avoiding the use indoor tanning beds or sunbathing

Remember these skin safety tips as you get outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of summer.

 

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