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Summer's Here!

Break out the sunscreen and enjoy the warm weather! When it comes to skin cancer prevention, we're fortunate to live in a time where research and technology has provided us the knowledge and resources to properly protect our skin. While genetics can play a factor and past exposure may put some at higher risk, we still have the power to protect ourselves! We're hoping to see all of our members enjoying their summer festivities, activities and vacations slathered in sunscreen!

The summer season brings about new class schedules and programs. Nothing makes us happier than seeing families enjoying summer at the club. Prairie Life Fitness is founded on the principle of making fitness fun for families and individual members. A healthy lifestyle is contagious; get fit and watch those around you join in on a new or continued journey of wellness!

Membership Special: Refer a friend or family member and receive $25 credit to your account.

Looking forward to another fun summer—let's dive in!

Laurie Killian, General Manager

Summer Sun Survival Guide

With the long, hot days of summer come hours of fun in the sun—which can sometimes lead to sunburns. Read on to get the facts about the sun's rays and how excess exposure can affect you, and how you can play it safe to protect yourself from the sun's less-desirable effects.

While some sun exposure is good for maintaining healthy vitamin D levels and is linked to improving mood, it pays to be careful. Melanoma is the fastest-growing cancer in men and second fastest-growing cancer in women, second only to lung cancer. At least one American dies of melanoma every hour in the United States and in 2014 experts predict deaths caused by the disease could approach 10,000. The good news is, there are simple things you can do to minimize your risk, but first, here's a little lesson about the sun's rays.

There are many discussions about UVA and UVB rays, but what does this talk really mean? What are rays? First, UV (ultraviolet) radiation is part of the electromagnetic (light) spectrum that reaches Earth. These rays are not visible to the naked eye. The two rays that generate the most attention where sun safety is concerned are UVA (long-wave rays) and UVB (short-wave rays). It is the excessive amount of both UVA and UVB rays that contribute to premature skin aging, eye damage and skin cancers. Essentially, the excess rays over time damage the skin’s cellular DNA. Let's take a closer look at both types of rays.

UVA Rays:

  • Penetrate skin the deepest

  • Produce a tanned look as the result of injury to the skin's DNA

  • Cause cumulative skin damage

  • Play a major role in skin aging

  • Contribute to the development of skin cancers

  • Primary ray used in tanning booths

  • Penetrate glass

UVB Rays:

  • Penetrate the outer layer of skin (epidermis)

  • Produce sunburns due to damage of epidermis

  • Contribute to skin cancers and photoaging

  • Strongest from April to October, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

  • Do not penetrate glass

So now that you're up-to-date on UVA and UVB rays, familiarize yourself with some things you can do to protect yourself.

One simple, effective way to protect your skin is by wearing sunscreen. The effectiveness of sunscreen is measured by its SPF factor. An SPF factor indicates how long it will take for UVB rays to redden your skin when using the sunscreen, as compared to how long it will take without it. For example, if you use an SPF 15 sunscreen, it will take 15 times longer for the skin to burn than it would without sunscreen. An SPF 15 screens out about 93 percent of the sun's UVB rays; SPF 30 protects against 97 percent and SPF 50 protects against 98 percent of the sun's UVB rays. Newer sunscreens (broad spectrum sunscreens) protect against both UVA and UVB rays, making them good choices for the times spent outdoors for an extended period of time.

So, how do you choose a good sunscreen? While personal preferences generally dictate what you look for in texture or scent, you should look for a combination of these ingredients: stabilized avobenzone, ecamsule (Mexoryl™), oxybenzone, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Most ingredients that filter UVA rays are chemical and work by forming a thin protective film that absorbs UVA rays on the skin's surface before it can penetrate. Physical sunscreens (also called sunblock) work by reflecting UVA rays away from the skin. Some physical sunblocks are thick and white and produce a white, chalky look that many people don't prefer (picture a lifeguard at the beach with "white goo" on his nose). However, many newer physical sunblocks go on clear. Two common ingredients found in sunblocks are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

To get the most protection from your sunscreen while outdoors, apply 2 tablespoons of sunscreen to your face and body about 30 minutes before heading outside. You'll need to reapply that same amount every two hours while outdoors or immediately after swimming.

UPF Clothing
There is a growing market for sun-protective clothing. Clothing that offers UV protection is said to have an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF). A UPF rating provides not just sunburn protection, but also blocks UVB and UVA radiation. The higher an item’s UPF rating, the more protection it provides.

Sun Safety Tips
The facts may seem daunting, but the good news is you can still enjoy being outdoors this summer. By taking some precautions, you can fully enjoy all your outdoor activities, while still playing it safe.

  • Seek shade outdoors, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

  • Do not burn

  • Avoid tanning, both outdoors and in tanning booths

  • Wear sun-protective clothing with UPF

  • Wear UV-blocking sunglasses

  • Wear a hat

  • Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. If you will be outdoors for a long amount of time, use a broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher

  • Keep babies out of the sun

  • Have your skin checked regularly by a dermatologist

These simple tips, incorporated regularly into your outdoor activities, will go a long way toward protecting your skin.

As you soak up all the fun in the sun, remember to play it safe with your skin to stay happy and healthy for many summers to come.

Injury of the Month: Femoroacetabular Impingement

Femoroacetabular impingement is a condition where the bones of the hip are abnormally shaped. Because they do not fit together perfectly, the hip bones rub against each other and cause damage to the joint.

The hip is a ball and socket joint. The socket is formed by the acetabulum, which is part of the large pelvis bone. The ball is the femoral head, which is the upper end of the femur (thighbone). The articular cartilage covers the surface of the ball and socket. It creates a smooth, low friction surface that helps the bones glide easily across each other. The acetabulum is ringed by strong fibrocartilage called the labrum. The labrum forms a gasket around the socket, creating a tight seal and helping to provide stability to the joint.

With femoroacetabular impingement, bone spurs develop around the femoral head and/or along the acetabulum. The bone overgrowth causes the hip bones to hit against each other, rather than to move smoothly. Over time, this can result in the tearing of the labrum and breakdown of articular cartilage.


  • Hip bones do not form normally during childhood growing years:

    - Cam bone spur - where the femoral head is not round and cannot rotate smoothly inside acetabulum; a bump forms on edge of the femoral head that grinds the cartilage inside the acetabulum.

    - Pincer bone spur - occurs because extra bone extends out over the normal rim of the acetabulaum; the lambrum can be crushed under the prominent rim of the acetabulum.

  • Due to athletically active people work the hip joint more vigorously, they tend to experience pain earlier than those who are less active.

  • Exercise does not cause femoracetabular impingement.

Common Symptoms Include:

  • Pain is mostly in the groin however pain can sometimes be more toward the outside of hip

  • Pain is mostly a sharp stabbing pain that occurs with turning, twisting, squatting however pain sometimes is just a dull ache

Treatment Options:

  • Activity changes - avoiding activities that cause symptoms

  • Physical Therapy - Specific exercises can improve range of motion in your hip and strengthen the muscles that support the joint

  • NSAID- prescription strength anti-inflammatory

  • Surgical Treatment - arthrocopic surgery where MD will clean out damage and repair the labrum and articular cartilage.

Upcoming Events

Youth Services: Summer Camps on thru JULY!!
Sign up now to reserve your spot!!

  • 8 weeks to choose from and lots of fun options for your child!

  • Members and Non-members welcome.

What are your kids doing this summer? Bring them to Prairie Life Summer Camp! We have camps all summer that include swimming, swim lessons, kids yoga, kids fitness and all kinds of different classes to choose from. Monday-Friday 9am-3pm. We also offer before and after care. Our camps are more intimate with smaller numbers for more personalized attention from a wonderful staff. Come share your summer with us!!

Group Fitness:
July 4th: ALL REGULAR CLASSES CANCELLED! 9am-11am Cardio/Spin/Drills class on July 4th!

Ever tried Pilates Reformer? All first-time classes are free! Try it out today with Katie or Julianna! Check the schedule for added classes! Buy packages of 10 or 20 sessions.

Swim Meet: July 19th...9am-12pm

Music on the PRAIRIE: July 26th...Music, Appetizers, Wine, and Fun! Email for more details.

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