Fall into Safety

The beautiful colors of October have passed into the windy month of November. Here are some winter safety recommendations for you and your family living in homes and apartments.

Everyday Life

Are you an evening or morning walker? Wear something reflective or carry a flashlight. This goes for bike riders, skateboarders and strollers. My husband and I wear headlamps because we have a dog and need to see where he’s left his packages. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible.

Morning drivers – clear your windows (all of them) before pulling out into traffic. I know it can take a few more minutes but it will also save you from accidents. Buy a window scraper to make it easy. However, if you find yourself in a pinch, using the edge of an old debit/credit card can be an effective way to scrape frost off of your windshield.

Keep the front entry of your home clear. Rain, leaves and the dark can make entries hazardous. Be sure potential obstacles are removed or easily seen. While you’re at it, check the outdoor lights to make sure they’re working and powerful enough to be useful.

Consider a landline. November is infamous for power outages and you don’t want to be caught without a phone in case of emergencies. Generally, landlines work even if the power is out. Contact your service provider to confirm that this is true for you. Extra battery packs for your cell phones are good to have on hand. External battery packs can charge a phone up to 2 – 4 times, depending on the battery and your particular phone.

Visiting Family and Friends for the Holidays

The holidays are a busy time for everyone, especially the event hosts. Keep your home safe for all ages with these tips:
Look for tripping hazards. Here’s what to look for:

  • Newspapers, books and toys might be left at the end of a favorite couch and can be dangerous.
  • Small rugs in kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms are opportunities for slipping and falling. Remove them if possible. If not, use grip tape which can be found at any hardware store.
  • Make sure there is plenty of light in hallways and bathrooms. Plug-in night lights are easy solutions.
  • Provide a stool at the sink and toilet for little ones so they don’t have to reach too far.

Daylight savings time is my reminder to prepare our home for winter. Use these to improve the safety of your home. Remember, safety is no accident.

Susie Landsem
Aging in Place by Design
Susie is a consultant for Aging in Place. Contact her if you have questions about adding safety and comfort solutions to your home.

Family Swim Hours

Now that the rain is starting and fall sports are winding down, you may be looking for indoor activities to do during the week with your children. Our indoor, heated pool is a great place to burn some energy and get some exercise! Our trained and friendly lifeguards are there to keep an eye on and interact with your family. We offer several family swim times throughout the week. AND, if your child is at least 6 years old or has passed the swim test, you can even drop them off and go work out or run to the store!

 

Our family swim hours are below:
MONDAY 3:30-5:00 PM & 7:00-8:30 PM
WEDNESDAY 3:30-5:00 PM & 7:00-8:30 PM
FRIDAY 3:30-5:00 PM & 7:00-8:30 PM
SATURDAY 3:00-5:00 PM & 6:00-8:30 PM
SUNDAY 3:00-5:00 PM & 6:00-8:30 PM

“Find Your Reason”

Carly Miller - Bellingham Athletic ClubAt BAC we are focusing our efforts on helping members and non-members alike to “Find Your Reason” to keep up a rigorous exercise program.  Finding your reason can be a short-range goal such as completing a walking or running a race, or a longer-term motivation to stay fit and be sure you are here in good shape for your family.  Be sure to post your reason in a prominent place, (on your fridge or mirror),  share it with friends and family, so they can help you stay the course during the dreary winter months; when all we really want to do is curl up in front of the fire.

If you feel so inclined, share your “reason” for staying fit with us.  We will be posting our members’ reasons on the bulletin boards at each club. They may be anonymous or not. It’s up to you.  They can be pictures, poems, or drawings.  Turn in “your reason” to Carly in membership and receive a free gift.  We want to help you remember why you are here 3-4 times a week.  We want to encourage you to “go that extra mile” when your own energies are flagging.  When you keep your inspiration right in front of you it is easier to make it happen.

November Employee of the Month

Carly took over the Membership and Front Desk Departments in April 2019 and has done a fantastic job assembling a wonderful staff and taking charge of membership and sales.  Carly is dynamic, energetic, cheerful, dependable and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done!  We are proud to recognize her outstanding effort by awarding her Employee of the Month for November.

Carly originates from Vancouver, WA and at the early age of 18, she moved to Bellingham. In August of 2013, she was hired as a part of the Kids Club staff. Over the course of 3 years, she worked in different departments and became an integral part of Bellingham Athletic Club.   

Outside of the club, Carly stays active by running, hiking, and boxing. Carly likes to explore what the Pacific Northwest has to offer, and is always up to learn something new. A good book or TV show, cheering on her favorite sports teams—the Seahawks, Oregon Ducks and Portland Trail Blazers, and spending time with friends round out her personal time.

Thanks, Carly for all you do for BAC!

November Member of the Month

Andy Andrewson has been a member of BAC since 2008. You can find him on the racquetball courts three or four days a week playing league, as well as challenge court times for singles and doubles.  He’s also working actively as our racquetball league organizer for this season but that’s just one of his pursuits at BAC. You can also find him in our workout areas five days a week lifting weights and doing some interval training to keep himself in great shape.

Andy was raised in Leavenworth, WA where he spent a lot of time hiking and fly fishing. He came to Bellingham in 2005 to attend Western Washington University.  He graduated with a degree in computer science and a minor in chemistry and is currently employed as a software developer for a local tech company.

Andy’s life is very full!  When he’s not at the gym or at work, he finds time to play classical guitar and watch a little Netflix—his favorite show is Stranger Things. He’s also a Gonzaga basketball fan and watches all their games and the NCAA Playoffs. He’s been married since 2014 and they have a mini dachshund at home named Mulder who loves to burrow in blankets.

His future wish list includes a trip to fly fish in New Zealand.

Thanks for being a great addition to BAC, Andy!

Yoga For Better Posture

UPDATE: This workshop has been canceled!

Our posture represents how we live in our bodies.  In this workshop, we will explore ways to improve our posture by finding a neutral spine and pelvis to stand taller, alleviate back and neck pain, and move through life with greater ease.  ~Leslie McKee

When: Saturday, November 16 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
Where:  Cordata Studio
Cost:  $25 for members, $30 for non-members; sign up and pay at the front desk

New and Exciting Classes!

Our Group Exercise schedule is always updated with the seasons – and our Fall changes went into effect on the first of October. With the change of seasons come some new and exciting classes you might not be aware of.

At the Cordata club, we have added a Tuesday night PiYo class at 5:30 p.m. with Melissa.  The definition of this class is a mix of Pilates, which focuses on muscle and core building, and yoga, which focuses on strength and flexibility.  This is a TOTAL body workout and is designed to strengthen small muscles (triceps, shoulders, biceps, calves) and large muscles (hamstrings, back, and chest).  But don’t let the name fool you!  Here are 4 things you need to know about this class:

You’ll sweat A LOT!  – This class is like going out for a run, without putting too much pressure on your body.  It’s great for people who have struggled with injuries and are looking for a low impact workout – where sweat is included!

You’ll get a good STRETCH! – PiYo is fast-paced, and you will get a perfect total-body stretch while raising your heart rate.

You’ll gain ENDURANCE – This workout focuses on cardio and muscle building including squats, lunges with pulsing and a lot of core sculpting.  You will step out of class feeling strong and sweaty!

It’s FUN! – Most members have said that they enjoy the fast pace and music in this class.

If you are looking for a great workout that gets it all done in under an hour – give it a try!

We’ve also added another Retrofit class on Wednesday mornings in the gym with our new instructor Andrea, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

At our DOWNTOWN club, we have added another Strong & Stable class with Lesley on Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m.

And KATE’S BACK! She will be teaching Power Hour on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 5:30 a.m.  After taking the summer months off, the early morning crew is thrilled to have her back to get their days started right!

We have Cindy teaching a Thursday Power Pump class at 12:00 for all of you that want to squeeze in a lunchtime workout.

So mark your calendars and attend some new classes this month.  Most of these classes were added due to high requests from our members.  Please remember: these classes are “Group” exercise so if they aren’t well attended we will look into other options, with the possibility of canceling them from our schedule.

I always love to hear your ideas and feedback – so please don’t hesitate to email me anytime at groupex@bellinghamathleticclub.com. ~Jeri