General Health

1/2 Off Annual Membership at Northview Fitness Center

1/2 Off Annual Membership at Northview Fitness Center

If starting a fitness program is one of your New Year’s resolutions, we’ve got a deal for you. Annual memberships are going to be half off at the Northview Fitness Center from January 4-17. Membership includes use of the fitness center, lap swim, and the indoor walking track. Plus, we’re also a Silver&Fit participant.

Northview District Residents Annual Price January 4-17

Adults are just $120 and seniors ages 65+ are only $90! This is a fantastic price and will be our best deal of the year so be sure to stop by the fitness center to get signed up.

Fitness Classes Starting Soon
Yoga, boot camp, and water aerobics are starting in January. Get details and register here

The promotion for $120 and $90 is half off our monthly membership x 12.

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The Benefits of Water and the 100 Ounce Challenge

The Benefits of Water and the 100 Ounce Challenge

What if there was a magic pill that could make your skin look clearer, ease your aching joints and muscle cramps, and help you lose weight? That’s enough to entice you, right? But it gets even better. What if the pill was free? 

Here’s the thing…this “magic pill” does exist, only its not actually a pill. Its a liquid, its abundant, and its practically free. We’re talking about water and the benefits it provides is utterly amazing.

When thirst takes over, what is your beverage of choice? In the US, the most popular choice is a soft drink, followed by water. Considering the amount of sugar and empty calories in a soda, and the rate at which obesity is climbing, water seems like a clear choice.

Surprising Benefits of Water
Approximately 60% of the body is made of water so it only makes sense that drinking enough will help to maintain your fluid balance, which is crucial in helping all organs and parts work properly, transporting nutrients throughout the body, regulating temperature, digesting food regularly, and the list goes on and on.

Aids in weight loss
Want to shed a few pound the easy way? Drink a glass of water before each meal. The H2O helps to fill you up so you don’t consume as many calories. You’re also not consuming the empty calories you would if you were drinking a soda instead.

Flush more toxins
Extra water helps your body to flush out excess toxins through sweat and urination which results in clearer pores and less acne. Water also reduces your chances for kidney stones and urinary tract infections. 

Increase productivity & decrease fatigue
Feeling the afternoon slump coming on? Grab a glass of water to give you the boost you need. One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is feeling fatigued. Water can help with concentration and staying alert, too.

No more pain
Keeping your body hydrated can keep your joints and cartilage lubricated and give your muscles more elasticity which will relieve aching joints, muscle cramps, and strains. Water is also a natural headache remedy and it can even help people who suffer from back pain and migraines because these issues are commonly caused by dehydration.

Aids in digestion
Not feeling regular? Ample amounts of water help your colon, which in turn, keeps things moving smoothly.

Fight Illness
Drinking plenty of water aids in decongestion and dehydration, which both help you bounce back faster when you’re feeling under the weather. Some researchers even believe that drinking plenty of water helps fight against common issues such as cold and flu, as well as more serious issues like cancer and heart attacks.
The Benefits of Water and the 100 Ounce Challenge
Here’s The Challenge
If we haven’t already convinced you with the numerous benefits, let your body tell you. We challenge you to drink 100 ounces of water each day for the next 30 days and see if you feel any different at the end of the month. Its really not that difficult, we promise. Grab a refillable water container and keep it at your desk, drink it with your meals, have a glass first thing when you get up in the morning and before you know it you’ll have reached your 100 ounce goal. We encourage you to take a photo of yourself at the beginning of the month and then again at the end. Does your skin look different? Have the dark circles under your eyes gotten any lighter? Do you look healthier overall?

We want to hear about (and see) your results, so be sure to let us know how you did. And here’s the thing – even if we’re wrong (which we’re not), what’s the worst that can happen? Your body is going to thank you for accepting this challenge.

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From A Heart Attack to a 5k – One Man’s Inspiring Story

From A Heart Attack to a 5k – One Man’s Inspiring Story

Ryan started out as a patient at our Coopersville office and he quickly became a friend. A big thank you to Ryan for sharing his inspirational journey with us.

My name is Ryan Burk and this is my story.

Would you believe that a broken ankle saved my life? On February 19, 2014 I fell on the ice at work and dislocated and broke my ankle in three places. At the hospital, I was surprised to find out that the doctors couldn’t perform immediate surgery on me because of high blood pressure. But what was even more shocking were the results of my EKG – news that would change my life forever. The test showed that I’d had a previous heart attack, and I never even knew it. Maybe I wasn’t in the best of health, but I wasn’t even 40 years old. How could I have had a heart attack?

The events that transpired stirred a wave of emotions in me and at the end of the day the only good thing I could take from this experience was the fact that I was still alive. Bad news continued to come my way as the doctor explained that my heart was only working at 50%, and no matter what, it would never function any better than that. As I sat there in shock, I knew I only had one choice, and that was to live. I thought about my wife and three beautiful daughters – I had to be there for them. It was that moment that changed everything. I was going to get healthy, no matter what it took.

Two days after my accident the doctors were finally able to perform the necessary surgery to repair my broken ankle. I left the hospital with a few spare parts, specifically, one plate and eight screws in my ankle, and a portable defibrillator vest that I wore 24 hours a day until one could be permanently implanted, which took about two months and left me with a sling on my arm for six weeks. It was still hard for me to believe that I was literally on the verge of a life threatening situation, but I was ready to do whatever it took to get strong and move forward.

With a sore ankle, an arm that was out of commission, and a “broken” heart, I was feeling down, but not out. I clearly remember my first day at Northern Physical Therapy, just one week after my ankle surgery. My therapist actually wanted me to peddle a stationary bike. “Are you kidding me!?” I asked. My ankle was broken, there was clearly no way I could peddle a bike…was there? My therapist just smiled and told me to trust her. Next up I took to the treadmill, walking at a half mile per hour pace for 1 minute. As time went on, I really did start to trust the Northern team, and I even began to develop a few friendships.

After just a few physical therapy treatments I began to notice improvements in the way I felt. I was walking faster and had less pain in my ankle. I was also losing weight, which I attributed to slowly becoming more active, and completely changing my eating habits. My friends began to notice the difference in my appearance and the changes I’d made as well. They’d often ask how I was able to maintain such a strict diet and pass on birthday cake and junk food. It was simple really. If I want to live longer, I’d have to pass on that cake. Don’t get me wrong, not every day is perfect – I still enjoy my B-Dubs chicken wings every once in a while, but I really try to watch my diet and exercise. I’ve already lost 40 pounds and am on track to lose 10 more.

Ryan and his daughter Jacie train for their first 5k at our RunFit run club.

As physical therapy came to a close I started exercising on my own. I initially chose cycling because it was low impact and easy on my ankle. Things progressed and this past summer I completed my goal of riding over 1,000 miles! I then told my daughter that I would run a 5k with her so we both joined the RunFit club at Northern Physical Therapy. Not that she needed it, but she runs beside me and encourages me as I train for the upcoming Outhouse 500, an annual 5k race held in Coopersville. I’m also part of the HIIT class (high intensity interval training) at Northern, which takes place outdoors at 5am. I never would’ve imagined that I’d be going to exercise classes at 5am with a yoga mat tucked under my arm, but here I am, and I really do enjoy it!

The last year of my life has been filled with struggle, pain, hope, and determination. It’s hard to believe I went from being on the verge of another heart attack to training for a 5k. I cannot thank the Northern Physical Therapy team enough for their encouragement to get me through my rehabilitation process. Over the last year I truly realized how much my family and friends meant to me and how much they’re willing to be there for me through the good times and the bad. Most importantly, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the most important person in my life, my wife Hannah Burk, who is the strongest woman I know. She stood by me and played the role of wife, nurse, and driver; and she maintained the household while I was down and out. My three amazing daughters, Sam, Jacie, and Avery were so supportive and incredibly helpful in taking on the responsibilities that I couldn’t accomplish. This spring I am most looking forward to seeing their faces at the finish line when I complete my first 5k. Who knows what I’ll be able to accomplish in 2015…for me, this is only the beginning.

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From A Heart Attack to a 5k – One Man’s Inspiring Story