BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE :  If a current client brings a friend to share their next training session, there will be no charge for the friend.  Ordinarily, an additional person costs an extra $15.  Thereafter, if the friend wants to become a training client, he/she will receive our Fitness Assessment at a 50% discount.  Further, if that new client continues training for at least 2 months, the original referring client will receive a free training session.

This could be a “win-win” opportunity for everyone: Your friend gets a free introductory training session and discounted assessment; you will have contributed to your friend’s health and may get a free training session; PFTL gets a new opportunity to improve someone’s health and fitness.

CLASSES:

Yoga for Healthy Backs – Begins Tuesday, August 7 at 6:30pm to 8pm.  (Five student minimum).  Taught by Trish Nealon. This 90-minute, 6-week course is a gentle introduction to breathing exercises, movement patterns, and restful poses specifically designed to help you relax and let go of back pain. Trish will begin with individual assessment of your back care needs. Each week she will progress by adding a few more poses into class, taking care to offer modifications as needed.  At the end of the series, you will have your own sequence to take home with you to continue your practice. Cost of this class for 6 weeks is $150.

YOU ARE INVITED!!

Have you ever wanted that perfect pair of jeans?  You know what I mean;  jeans that flatter your shape and make you feel wonderful? Well, here’s your chance.

On Monday, August 20 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, we will have a Jean’s Party at our studio.  Fitters from The Blues Jean Bar in Chicago, which specializes in designer jeans, clothing and accessories will be here to help both men and women find the best fitting jeans from such designers as Joe’s, Paige, David Kahn, DL1961 and others. They will also bring tops and accessories to complement your jeans.  Additionally, you can receive a 15% discount on all items at this special event.  Private changing areas and personal fit consultants will be on-site. Bring your friends. There is no charge for the party, but let us know if you plan to come, as wine and snacks will be provided.

PHYSICAL INACTIVITY CAN CONTRIBUTE TO PREMATURE DEATHS   (from  ACSM Newsletter July 2012)

Physical inactivity kills. It is causing about one in 10 premature deaths around the world annually, says an analysis out today. Of the approximately 57 million deaths worldwide expected this year, about 5.3 million of them will be premature deaths in which a lack of physical activity was the contributing factor, says I-Min Lee, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and lead researcher on the study being published online in The Lancet.

Physical inactivity is a serious risk factor for premature death, similar to the risk from smoking tobacco and being obese, she says. Research shows that being physically active helps control blood pressure and blood sugar and lowers bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol. It lowers the risk of heart attacks and stroke, developing type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. Exercise helps control weight, improves bone and joint health and builds stronger muscles.

With the Olympics going on is “a good time to remind ourselves that we were meant to be physically active,” Lee says. “It’s good for our health. We may not be Olympians, but almost all of us can walk 15 to 30 minutes a day which would improve health.”

The US government’s physical activity guidelines recommend that people do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week, such as brisk walking, or 75 minutes of a vigorous-intensity activity, such as jogging or swimming laps, or a combination of the two types.

For The Lancet study, Lee and colleagues used a statistical model to calculate how many premature deaths could be prevented if people moved more. Among the findings:

  •  If the level of physical inactivity in the overall population of the world decreased by 10%, it could reduce the number of premature deaths by 533,000 annually. If the level of inactivity decreased by 25%, about 1.3 million premature deaths would be avoided globally every year.
  • If physical inactivity could be eliminated totally, life expectancy for the world’s population would rise by 0.68 years.

Russell Pate, an exercise researcher at the University of South Carolina, says, this study “makes a point that really needs to be made. We need everybody to understand and appreciate just how important physical activity is. It’s on everyone’s list of positive health behaviors, but it’s not as high on the list as it should be. This is a global problem, not just U.S. problem.”

Lee also was one of the researchers on a study published July 9 that showed that:

  •  If people spent less than three hours a day sitting, it would add two years to the average U.S. life expectancy.
  • If they cut the time they spent on the couch watching TV to less than two hours a day, it would add 1.4 years to overall life expectancy.