Five Seasons Family Sports Club Blog

Treadmill Workouts for Beginners

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 1/13/17 9:00 AM

Ah, the treadmill. This classic piece of exercise equipment is a perennially popular choice for people who are looking to lose weight, improve muscle tone and keep their heart healthy. If you're in the first stages of your fitness journey, one of the best ways to get started off on the right foot is to incorporate treadmill workouts into your regular exercise regimen. Not quite sure where or how to begin? No problem – below are some simple yet effective treadmill workouts for beginners that will help you burn calories, shed pounds and keep those muscles nice and toned. 

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Topics: Fitness

Stretch and Rest for Stronger Muscles

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 1/11/17 11:00 AM


When most of us think about what it would take to build stronger muscles, we immediately picture grinding out intense weight training sessions in the gym. While this is certainly an important part of the equation, it might surprise you to learn that how you handle your rest and recovery time can make or break your strength training program. Below are some key points regarding how stretching and getting enough rest might very well be the missing links that will help you make genuine progress in your endeavor to build stronger muscles. 

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Topics: Fitness, Healthy Living

Resolved to Get in Shape? Here's Where to Start

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 1/4/17 8:29 PM

So you've made a New Year's resolution to get into shape, and you're more determined than ever to improve your fitness level. Now here's where the rubber meets the road: Are you ready to make a plan and follow through with it? If you're not quite sure where or how you should begin, don't sweat it--below are some simple tips to help you get started off on the right foot.

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Topics: Fitness, Healthy Living

Stop Making the Same Empty Promises and Start Setting the Right Goals

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 12/30/16 11:08 AM

The New Year is typically a time for people to hit the "reset" button on their personal goals. If the words "epic fail" describe most of your New Year's resolutions from previous years, it's time for a wake-up call. You've made too many promises you haven't kept, and you've felt the sting of disappointment too many times to go down that same road again this time.

If you're tired of being haunted by the let-downs of the past, it may be time to take a closer look at whether or not you're setting the right goals. Below are some ideas you can use to help you set sound, realistic goals that can propel you toward lasting changes in your life.

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Topics: Healthy Living

The Top 5 Ways to Beat Winter Weight Gain

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 12/28/16 7:42 PM

There's something about the winter time that just beckons us to ratchet up our calorie count. Whether it's the indulgent fare of a holiday party or the comfort-inducing snack foods we crave when it's freezing outside, it's easy to let our eyes get bigger than our stomachs during the cold months. So what can you do to maintain control during this season of dietary temptation? Below are five simple yet effective ways to beat winter weight gain. 

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Topics: Healthy Living

Winter Court Advantage: Why Playing Indoor Tennis Will Improve Your Outdoor Game

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 12/22/16 7:32 AM

A few years ago, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel highlighted a group of brave souls known as the "Tennis Polar Bears," an informal club comprised of roughly a dozen senior citizens who love to play tennis outdoors--in the middle of the frigid Milwaukee winter. Insulated by multiple layers of clothing as well as mittens and earmuffs, these uber-committed players have exchanged volleys in single-digit temperatures, and have even played in blowing snow.

While it's hard not to admire their dedication, most of us would much rather skip the potential hypothermia and find an indoor court when the temperatures outside are freezing. Not only does playing tennis indoors guarantee a much more comfortable environment, but if you stick with it throughout the winter, it'll help your outdoor game flourish as well; read on to find out why.

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Topics: Tennis

6 Healthy Appetizers for Your Holiday Party

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 12/19/16 10:57 AM

Holiday parties are a great way to enjoy the company of friends and family, but they can sure wreak havoc on a diet. In fact, most people go into a holiday gathering already assuming that they're going to blow their calorie quota to smithereens. If you're planning a holiday party, wouldn't it be nice to pleasantly surprise your guests with delicious appetizers that are actually healthy? Below is a roundup of flavorful yet healthy appetizer ideas that are sure to be crowd-pleasers at your next holiday shindig. 

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Topics: Healthy Living

Strength Training Tips to Make Your Time at the Gym More Efficient

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 12/16/16 10:01 AM

During these hectic days, it can be difficult to squeeze quality workouts into an already jam-packed schedule. But without approaching your workout session with intention and a clear plan of execution, you can easily waste precious time in the gym, leaving you with lackluster results. The good news is that even just a few small changes in your strength training routine can enable you to reap many more benefits from your workouts. Keep the following strength training tips in mind to help you make your time at the gym much more efficient.

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Topics: Fitness

The Importance of Self-Care During the Holidays

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 12/14/16 7:30 PM

For many of us, the holiday season is equal parts exciting and exhausting. Between gift shopping, decorating the house, and attending a dizzying procession of office parties, family gatherings, and holiday-themed events, it can be easy to fall victim to stress and over-stimulation. Unfortunately, we don't often realize this until it's too late and our bodies succumb to sickness or extreme fatigue, making the once-joyful holiday season one we'd soon rather forget.

While our fast-paced culture constantly tempts us to keep the pedal to the metal, it's important for you to take time to engage in some much-needed self-care. Below are some practical tips you can use to ensure that you're taking care of "you" during the holiday season, so you can truly enjoy this special time of the year.

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Topics: Healthy Living

Workout Myth Busting: Does Foam Rolling Really Work?

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 12/9/16 3:25 PM

You were killing it in the gym yesterday, but now your body is killing you - tight, stiff, and sore. You may have heard about foam rolling as a way to help remedy the problem of sore muscles - as well as help you get rid of cellulite - but does it really work? Read on to find out.

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Topics: Fitness