Kiss the Winter Blues Goodbye at the Rivers Club Athletic Facilities
The holidays are over, we’re in the dead of winter, and the weather has certainly been proving that lately!
You may still be feeling the after-effects of the stress of the holiday season, the struggle of the icy work commute and getting the kids off to school. Or, maybe you just have the “cold weather, dark nights” winter blues. If you’re looking to cheer up, de-stress, and relieve some of that winter tension, the Rivers Club has everything you need to do just that. Even better, the Club can help you get HEALTHY and HAPPY at the same time with our athletic facilities.
Rivers Club Athletic Operations Director Jessica Hootman offers tips on the best ways to kick the winter doldrums.
First, she believes relaxation depends on how you prefer to relieve stress. Her preferences, for example, are high-intensity workouts, like cycling, TurboKick, Zumba, or Insanity, all of which are group fitness classes offered at the Club. If you’re looking for high intensity but something a little more private, there are six personal trainers available at various times of the day. We recommend you evaluate your base level of fitness with our FitQuest coordinator and personal trainer Lindsay Marshall. Your FitQuest session is complimentary and is a great motivator to improve your overall health.
If you prefer a more low-key or relaxing exercise, Jessica recommends PiYo (a combination of Pilates and yoga) or Pilates. In fact, the Club offers six different kinds of group yoga classes: energizing yoga, Vinyasa flow, power flow, fundamentals, Iyengar, and strength & conditioning. Again, Jessica explains, the type of yoga that will work best for you is all based on personal preference.
“The early morning energizing classes definitely get you moving and breathing,” said Jessica. “While I find them to be challenging, it's definitely a great way to start the day. The Iyengar classes are probably the best for relaxation, however all yoga classes focus on breathing and creating harmony and balance in the body. You really can’t go wrong.”
Once you’ve found your chi in a yoga class, you can restore your energy with a smoothie at the Rivers Edge packed with vitamins and nutrients. The Club carries most of your typical ingredients for smoothies like berries, spinach, kale, peanut butter, and almond milk. You can create your own combination or let Chef Troy work his magic and make one for you.
If you’re looking for a little more pampering, the Club also offers a variety of private massage options, including Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology, prenatal, myofascial, orthopedic, neuromuscular, Reiki, and hot stone. A good, old-fashioned Swedish massage does wonders for any type of stress, but Jessica believes neuromuscular therapy is the ideal choice for muscle tension. It's a spot-specific technique that isolates areas of tension for maximum relief.
All of the services on the athletic level, including the massages and personal training sessions, can be gifted to friends and family by purchasing a gift certificate. If you know someone besides you who could use some time to recharge, this would be the perfect way to do so!
Don’t forget: Valentine’s Day is only a few short weeks away. Athletics has a great deal for a buy-one-get-one massage special in February (details below).
If you have any questions about services offered in our athletic facility, don’t hesitate to stop in to talk to Jessica or any of the athletic staff. You can also give the Rivers Club a call at 412.391.5227.