Join us for Parents Night Out on Saturday, November 16 from 4 – 7 PM.

About Parents Night Out:
Need to get out but don’t have a babysitter? Drop the kids off at the Kids’ Club!

Kids enjoy pizza, drinks and fun activities in the gym. Activities include basketball, some arts and crafts, movies and more. Advanced registration is required. Pricing is as follows: $35 for the first child, $40 for two children and $5 for each additional child in the same family. Ages 3 – 12. Contact Tyler at twatts@ffc.com to register and for any questions.

Pumpkin Apple Fall Facial $105

This corrective treatment has everything you need to revive dry summer skin. Packed full of nutritious pumpkin and rejuvenating apple wine extract, this is sure to generate results. Tightens and firms, infuses skin with potent antioxidant support and brightens skin tone for a beautiful fresh look!

*No two discounts apply. Service must be received in October.

60-Minute Massage for $101

School’s started and the slower pace of summer has been left behind – take the opportunity before the busy holiday season starts to take care of yourself! Book a massage for some zen in your life.

*No two discounts apply. Service must be received in October.

Ortanic Special

During the month of October, the Ortanic Monthly Membership is only $34.99 – with no initiation fee!

Check out FFC’s October playlist, curated by FFC Oak Park’s top trainer (and top trainer at FFC for 5 consecutive years, no big deal), Brian Cuellar!

About Brian: Brian Cuellar is a personal trainer at FFC Oak Park & has been named FFC’s Trainer of the Year for 5 years with certifications from the International Sports and Sciences Association, is a certified functional strength coach and a level 1+2 Sports Performance Coach with USA Weightlifting.

Why music is so important related to fitness: he says “music plays a significant role in your workout especially when you need a workout in the middle of a busy day! A song that helps me every time is ‘Rusty Cage,’ by Johnny Cash.”

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/27wglOgDpTaXpDiZtTqSZI?si=Q-OMQ5-aROK6ZK9Afa1QPQ

Imagine a Winter with less trips to the doctor, less days off school and work, more energy for sledding and holiday events, more time with friends and family. All this could happen if you can reduce or eliminate sickness throughout the Winter months. Creating and maintaining a strong immune system must begin before the deep Winter hits and before the holiday parties get going. As a Registered Dietitian, I’m a strong believer that food is medicine, and food and other healthy habits can truly prevent you from needing any medicine at all!

Immune Boosting Habit #1: Get plenty of sleep.

Being well rested improves your ability to make decisions, making the rest of these habits easier to achieve, but not only that – getting enough sleep can actually prevent you from getting sick. Without sufficient sleep, your body makes fewer cytokines, a type of protein and targets infection and inflammation to improve your immune system. Wondering how to get better sleep? Creating a bedtime routine that includes going to bed at the same time every night and turning off blue lights well before bedtime would both be a great start.

Immune Boosting Habit #2: Consume 10+ servings of fruits and veggies per day, at least 5 colors!

‘Eating the rainbow’ doesn’t just look pretty for Instagram, it actually can reduce how often you get sick! This is because when you consume whole, real foods from multiple colors, you are consuming multiple different micronutrients and phytonutrients. These help your body to recover from stressors (think both mental and physical) in life, boost your white blood cells, and reducing inflammation. Don’t forget about flavor enhancers, too, such as garlic, turmeric, and ginger – these also improve your immunity!

Immune Boosting Habit #3: Consume ‘good bacteria’ through probiotics and keep those bacteria healthy by getting plenty of fiber.

Often times when we get sick, doctors quickly write a prescription for antibiotics. While this is necessary sometimes, the antibiotics wipe out all bacteria in your body, even the healthy ones in your gut that help boost your immunity. Seems counterintuitive, right? Protect your immunity by consuming these good bacteria (probiotics) through fermented foods such as plain yogurt, kimchi, kombucha, or tempeh. Probiotics need fuel, too, and their main source of fuel is the fiber you consume – that’s why eating the whole fruit or vegetable is so important!

Immune Boosting Habit #4: Drink lots of water, limit caloric, sugary, and alcoholic beverages.

While drinking sugary and/or alcoholic beverages can increase inflammation and put your body at risk for sickness, getting plenty of water will do the opposite. Water helps bring oxygen to your cells, making for a properly functioning body. It also helps to remove toxins from your body, so keep drinking your H20. Don’t like the taste? Try adding lemon or lime slices and mint or rosemary for a refreshing change of pace.

Immune Boosting Habit #5: Get regular exercise.

Regular exercise (with proper recovery time) can help to reduce the stressors in life that may cause lower immunity. Exercise, just like water, also helps move oxygen to the cells in your body, helping it to properly function. While regular exercise may prevent sickness, it’s important to understand when your body needs rest from exercise during sickness. A few rest days in order to recover properly is better than being sick long term!

Fall into routine with FFC’s RDs! Schedule a grocery store tour in combination with nutrition counseling to help you create a routine that matches your health goals. Contact your RD for more information and to schedule (or email asilver@ffc.com with any questions).

From October 21 – November 1, check out the Metabolic Roadshow at FFC South Loop and learn about active/resting metabolism assessments with VO2 Max and RMR testing.

Receive a complete and comprehensive review of your body’s metabolism through oxygen consumption both at rest and during exercise. This includes consultations with a certified endurance coach and registered dietitian to review your report and so you learn how to use that information to optimize your training and nutritional habits.

For more information or to schedule a test, please contact edejulius@ffc.com.

We’re wishing you a happy and healthy Labor Day on Monday, September 2! Please be aware of the following holiday schedule to help you plan.

Monday, September 2

  • FFC Union Station & FFC Old Town – closed
  • All other clubs: 7 AM – 5 PM

All other weekend hours will be normal.

*24-hour clubs reopen at 4:30 AM Tuesday, September 3.

The busy back to school season means it’s more important than ever to take the time you need to recharge and relax. Check out the September specials at the spa!

  • Spend $100+ on a spa service and receive $10 in SPA Bucks to use on a future service. Spa Bucks redeemable October 1- December 31st, 2019.  Book your service at ffc.com/spa.
  • Take advantage of a $35 Ortanic custom airbrush tan to keep you glowing into the new season! Book your service at ortanic.com/book-now.

Offers valid September 1 – 30, 2019.

Adults know that carrying a huge load on their backs may do harm over time. But children continue to walk around with monstrous backpacks on during the school year. In a study conducted by Spine Magazine, 80 percent of surveyed children said that their backpacks were heavy. So what can you do…

1. Wear both straps when wearing the backpack so that the weight is evenly distributed.
2. Position the backpack over the strongest mid-back muscles. The backpack should rest evenly and shoulder straps should allow for free movement of the arms and be easy to get on and off. Use the chest and waist straps for additional support
3. Lighten the load. Contents’ weight should be less than 10-15% of the child’s body weight

If you or your child are experiencing any pain or have sustained a recent injury, please see one of our clinicians for a complimentary injury screen and experience the power of physical therapy!

  • FFC Boystown – September 18; 4 – 6 PM
  • FFC East Lakeview – September 7; 9:30 – 10:30 AM
  • FFC Elmhurst – September 21; 8 – 10 AM
  • FFC Gold Coast – September 24; 4:15 – 6:15 PM
  • FFC Lincoln Park – walk-ins welcome
  • FFC Oak Park – September 26; 1 – 3 PM
  • FFC Park Ridge – walk-ins welcome
  • FFC South Loop – walk-ins welcome
  • FFC Union Station – September 18; 11:30 – 1 PM
  • FFC West Loop – September 17; 4:15 – 5 PM

Squash is a starchy vegetable that can be incorporated at mealtimes in replace of potatoes, rice, or pasta. Half a cup of acorn squash is about 30 calories and contains 7 grams of carbohydrates. Squash is unique vegetable because it is one of the only vegetables that is in season year-round. Acorn squash is a vegetable that should be stored in a cool, dry area away from extreme temperatures and sunlight. If stored properly, acorn squash can stay fresh for up to 3 months.

Squash is also known to be a good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is important because it can act as an antioxidant to protect cells from damage, make collagen (a protein that is required to help wounds heal), and helps our body to absorb iron. Along with acorn squash, other vitamin C rich foods are citrus fruits, berries, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and spinach.

Below is a tasty recipe so that you can enjoy this delicious vegetable! Questions or want to set up a complimentary consultation with Alicia? Email her at ahuggler@ffc.com!

Easy Roasted Acorn Squash Recipe

  • Yield: 4 people
  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes
  • Total time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 medium acorn squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • Fresh parsley chopped for garnishing — optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Slice the acorn squash in half and remove the seeds using a spoon.
  • Lay the half acorn squash cut-side-down on a cutting board and slice into 1/4 inch slices parallel to the stem.
  • Arrange the slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Pour olive oil over the top of the acorn squash and sprinkle with all the spices listed on the ingredients section.
  • Roast for 40-50 minutes, until the squash slices are fork-tender.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1/4) — Calories: 78, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 106mg, Potassium: 402mg, Carbohydrates: 10g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 1g

Recipe obtained from: www.primaverakitchen.com.

Check out FFC’s September playlist, curated by FFC Elmhurst Kids’ Club Supervisor Jaime Mules!

About Jaime: Jamie ran her own nanny business for 10 years. Her passion for health, fitness and children has brought her to FFC Elmhurst Kids’ Club! In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, checking out new restaurants and working out.

Go-to workout song: Anything 80s!

Why music is so important related to fitness: Jaime was a dancer, so being able to sing and run to something fun is important to her. Working out to music is her therapy. It takes her to a place of joy that helps her forget what’s going on for a bit!

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/27wglOgDpTaXpDiZtTqSZI?si=Q-OMQ5-aROK6ZK9Afa1QPQ