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Let Prairie Life take care of the party. For Birthdays, Church, School, Youth Groups or any organization. Available Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays after 1pm. $110. for members and $130 for non-members-$5.00 per additional person up to 15 people. Party package includes: guest fee for up to 10 people/3 hours of party rental/ party decorations, soda, cake or snack. This includes use of the swimming pool and gym. Add a party host or rent the inflatable obstacle course (see Julie for cost). Larger group options available. For more information call Julie at 402 483-2322.

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May Your 2015 Sparkle & Shine!

Prairie Life Fitness

A brand new year is upon us, ripe with endless possibilities, dreams and ambitions. Yes, it also means grumblings about tax season, holiday weight gain, making resolutions and the pinch of overspending on presents—yet, a new year is indeed something to celebrate. It does, after all, beat the alternative. So, Happy New Year to you and your family! May 2015 continue to sparkle and shine all year through.

January is one of our favorite times of the year because we see so many of you on a regular basis. It is also the month when The President's Challenge for Youth Fitness is kicked-off in schools nationwide. We've put together some information about the adult version of being "Presidentially Fit" in this month's newsletter, so we can all support our nation's youth, while challenging ourselves too!

Again, welcome to the New Year. Embrace whatever changes it may bring and celebrate your successes with gusto! Ready. Set. Here we go...

Luke Shepherd

Prepare to Be Presidentially Fit

Over the years, many of us have heard children talk (or whine) about the President's fitness test, The President's Challenge. In fact, many of us survived some version of the test ourselves. The PACER (running), trunk lifts, push-ups, the sit and reach all held a level of misery or pride among grade school students.

Guess what? There's also an adult version of the test that can help determine how fit you are or what areas you need to work on to improve your overall fitness. This grown-up version of the kids' test evaluates four key areas:

  • Aerobic fitness (test involves a 400-meter walk, a 1-mile walk and a 1.5-mile run)

  • Muscular strength and endurance (test includes half sit-ups and push-ups)

  • Flexibility (test includes the sit and reach)

  • Body Composition (test measures BMI and waist circumference)

Are you curious to see where you stand? Visit to take the assessment and see how you measure up. Remember, it's never too late to take steps to improve your overall health and fitness—you can even make it more fun by incorporating a variety of activities. Here are some simple ways to get started:

Squat Your Way To Strength
Although squats are a leg exercise, they help build muscle throughout your entire body. Squats also promote mobility and balance, making it easier to complete everyday activities in your day-to-day life. Squats will also help you burn calories. Talk to a personal trainer about how to get started and use proper form, or, as you progress, how to make squats more challenging.

Carve A Killer Core With Pilates
Working your core is about so much more than having washboard abs—although that can be a nice benefit! Your core muscles connect your upper and lower body. They play an important role in your physical well-being and help power you through daily activities, ranging from exercising to cleaning your home. A strong core improves balance and flexibility, which reduces your chances of falling or injuring yourself during work or play.

A strong core can also reduce back pain (or the likelihood of developing back pain), improve your posture (your spine will thank you) and make everyday tasks easier. One of the best ways to strengthen your core muscles is by doing Pilates, with its numerous core-based exercises. Try working a few classes into your fitness routine to start building your core strength.

Limber Up With Yoga
Stretching is an important part of your fitness plan. Not only does it improve your range of motion and increase circulation, it also calms your mind, which may help reduce injury and illness. An added bonus is that it may even help you sleep better. To increase your flexibility, incorporate some yoga poses into your fitness routine or check out a yoga class. Not ready for yoga? Talk to a trainer about simple stretches you can do each day.

Kick Up Your Muscle Tone
Kickboxing is a full-body workout that promotes both muscle toning and cardiovascular endurance. It combines boxing, martial arts and aerobics in a variety of exercises. This type of exercise targets all major muscle groups while improving balance, flexibility, coordination and even self-confidence. Plus, it's just really fun to punch and kick—even if it's just with an imaginary target!

Step Up Your Aerobic Activity
Is it any wonder we sing the praises of aerobic activity? Aerobic exercise can help you keep off extra weight, increase stamina, keep you healthier, strengthen your heart and improve your mood. Want to know how to incorporate some aerobic activity into your fitness plan? Go for a walk outdoors or use a treadmill at the gym. Ride a bike or join an indoor cycling class. Play tennis or racquetball. Take a step aerobics class, dance or join a Zumba class. The options are endless.

Lift For Lean Muscles
Strength training isn't just for jocks or big, muscle-bound guys—it benefits everyone. From reducing body fat and increasing muscle mass to developing strong bones and sharpening focus, lifting weights is an important element for an overall fitness plan, especially since muscle mass naturally diminishes with age. Strength training can be done at any age, both at home and at the gym. Options include using your own body weight (think push-ups, pull-ups, crunches and squats), resistance bands, free weights and weight machines.

Dive Into Fitness
People at every fitness level can reap benefits from swimming. Not only is swimming easy on the body, it's a great way to get fit, since it uses all of the major muscle groups and gives you a cardiovascular and strengthening workout at the same time. Not a swimmer? Try water aerobics or other water-based activities. Exercising in water is beneficial for everyone, but especially for seniors. That's because it's easy on joints yet improves cardiovascular health, increases strength and slows down the age-related loss of muscle mass.

Remember, no matter where you are on the physical fitness spectrum, there are steps you can take to start improving your overall fitness and health, while having some fun along the way.

Member Spotlight: Marion Carr

Marion has been a member of PLF since she and her family moved to Lincoln 18 years ago. She joined to continue exercising and to have a place for her young daughters to take classes (gymnastics, tennis and swim lessons). Marion started taking classes 2-3 times/week and gradually increased to taking 2 classes (back-to-back) usually 6 days/week.

Marion says, "I originally wanted to exercise to stay in shape, but now it has become a part of my daily routine, and I just don't feel as well physically or mentally if I don't exercise. I especially enjoy the cardio, Pilates and Yoga classes taught by Vanessa, Pat and Jodi, as well as other instructors I have taken classes from. Pilates especially has helped to strengthen my back which has caused me problems in the past. Vanessa makes classes challenging but fun with her boundless energy and positive encouragement."

Marion says she would recommend others to join PLF because of the variety of classes offered and the great instructors. Her husband Tim is a member, and recently one of her (now adult) daughters has rejoined.

Marion says, "Not only do I enjoy the workouts, but I have met many friends through Prairie Life and it has become an important part of my life."

Marion Carr is the epitome of this year's Winter Fitness Challenge theme, "Fitness: A Lifestyle with No Finish Line." Thanks for your loyal membership all these years!

Upcoming Events

Youth Swim Team:
We will now be offering Youth Swim Team three days a week! Swimmers have the opportunity to practice Mondays from 5:30-6:30 pm in addition to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 pm. Prairie Life's Youth Swim Team is a great opportunity to not only stay in shape year round in preparation for the summer swim team, but also work on stroke technique! January's session will begin January 5th and will run through January 29th. The cost for members is $25 and for nonmembers it is $50. Sign up at the front desk or online today!

Group Swimming Lessons:
Our winter session of group swimming lessons will resume on January 5th and will run through February 21st. Our group swimming lessons are set up in 7-week sessions where swimmers meet once a week for seven weeks. One notable change to this sessions is that Level 6 (shark) will no longer be offered. We feel that once swimmers are able to graduate from Level 5 (piranha) they are able to complete all the skills to be on Prairie Life's swim team and they know all four strokes. Swimmers whom graduate from Level 5 have the option to take Level 5 again or to join the Prairie Life Youth Swim Team. Members in a current 2-year agreement receive group swim lessons free. Members who are not in a current 2-year agreement will pay a fee of $40 for the 7-week session. Nonmembers will pay $80 for the 7-week session. Any member who is interested in having their child partake in two lessons a week will be charged $40 for the second day.

Masters Swimming:
Masters swimming will be starting up again! The ages for Masters Swimming are 18 on up! Our 1-hour Masters Swim will meet Mondays from 6-7 AM, Wednesdays from 1-2 PM and Saturdays from 9-10 AM. Swimmers will have the option to pay $5 per workout or pay $45 for the month and are able to attend as many as they'd like.

Lifeguard Hours Change:
Effective January 1st, Prairie Life Fitness will have a lifeguard on duty Monday through Friday from 4-7 PM. On Saturdays and Sundays there will be a lifeguard from 12-5 PM.

Kid's Camps:
January 2nd, Winter Wonderland Day Camp: Winter Wonderland is our theme for winter break day camps. We will build a gingerbread house, make snow, build snowmen, watch a holiday themed movie and much, much more. The kids will also spend two hours doing a planned gym activity, and spend time in our indoor swimming pool. So, don't forget their swimming suits. Pack a lunch or get a meal from the café. An afternoon snack will be provided. Cost is $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers. K-5th grade.

January 19th: Day Camp from 8-5pm. Kids K-5th grade. Young Einstein is our theme. We will do different science experiments, take a trip to the pool, spend some time in our gym playing basketball, kickball, soccer, etc and of course, some arts and crafts will be thrown into the mix. The cost for this camp is $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers. The café is available for lunch or lunch can be brought from home.

New Class:
January 5th: Winter Sessions begins for youth programs. We are adding a new class, Cheer and Pom to the mix. It's on Saturday's from 9-9:45 AM, and it's a mix between cheerleading and pom dance. There is a cost of $30 for the session for members and $40 for nonmembers. Ages are 6-12.

January 9th: Parents Night Out, Pajama Party: 5:30-9 PM. We will bring out the bounce house for this one, swim, do a craft and watch a movie. Cost for members is $15 for the first child, $12 for the second and $10 for the third. Nonmembers is $22. Ages 2-12 are welcome.

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