The LifeStyles 2.0 Pledge
By Don Tomaszewski, Director, Valley Health LifeStyles Medical Fitness Center
With the numerous recent changes to CDC guidelines, state regulations, and The Valley Hospital policies, LifeStyles pledges to remain committed to providing the safest, cleanest, most comfortable exercise facility possible. Our SAFE protocol is in place to keep members, patients, and staff safe.
Currently, protective face coverings are an option for members who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and are required for unvaccinated members and for all Center staff. Other components of our SAFE protocol include:
◗ A COVID-19 screening process that includes a temperature check for everyone entering the Health & Wellness Center.
◗ A Clean In, Clean Out policy. Members are expected to sanitize their hands upon entering and exiting LifeStyles.
◗ Sanitation stations with wipes and disinfectant spray for members to wipe down equipment before and after each use.
◗ Physical distancing in designated spaces, such as our aquatics area, locker rooms, fitness floor, track, free weight area, and gymnasium.
◗ Staff Safety Ambassadors to monitor cleaning, mask compliance, and physical-distancing protocols.
◗ Hospital-grade disinfecting of equipment, locker rooms, and high-touch surfaces using the Victory Electrostatic Sprayer.
With daily member attendance on the rise, it is starting to feel like “old times” again, but, rest assured, LifeStyles 2.0 is the new normal in medical fitness. We are proud to be providing our members a “healthcare first, health club second” facility to deliver Exercise as Medicine. Let us know how we’re doing. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fitness Department News
Private and Small Group Yoga Instruction
Certified personal trainer and yoga instructor Wendy Zanella is now offering private and small group yoga instruction to help you meet your individual yoga, meditation, and wellness goals. This type of instruction is particularly beneficial for beginners to the practice of yoga, those recovering from an injury or illness looking to incorporate yoga into their fitness and wellness program, or seasoned yoga practitioners looking to advance their practice.
Pilates Reformer Private and Small Group Sessions
Pilates reformer is back! LifeStyles certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor Sharon Kaminski is offering individual, semi-private, and small group Pilates reformer sessions. The Pilates reformer offers a full-body workout that improves strength, flexibility, and body awareness. Pilates reformer work focuses on core strength and proper muscle engagement, which improves athletic performance, back pain, injury recovery, weight loss, balance, bone density, and posture.
If you are interested in private or small group yoga or Pilates instruction, please come to the Fitness Desk to fill out an interest form. *Personal training session and package rates apply.
Live Streaming of LifeStyles Group Fitness Classes
Participate in live-streaming group fitness classes you can do from home or anywhere featuring your favorite LifeStyles instructors and class formats. Classes will be offered via our LifeStyles Mywellness App platform. More details coming soon!
LifeStyles at Home
Our online library of exercise videos is available 24/7 featuring your favorite LifeStyles group fitness instructors and is now available on the Valley Health LifeStyles Mywellness app. We offer more than 75 on demand videos focusing on cardio, strength training, yoga, Pilates, and more!
Please take note of LifeStyles Holiday Hours:
JULY 4: Independence Day — CLOSED
JULY 5: Normal Hours — 5:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
SEPTEMBER 6: Labor Day — 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Come sign up for Swim Lessons! We are offering 20 percent off all packages purchased in July. Contact Aquatics Manager Mike Lupo at 201-316-8435 or email@example.com.
Come join us for an Introduction to Pickleball Course!
◗ When: First Monday of each month from 2 – 3 p.m.
◗ Where: Gymnasium
◗ Sign up at the Front Desk
Rock Climbing Wall Coming soon, join us for one of our Open Climbs. A certified staff member will be on hand to teach proper climbing techniques. Open Climb schedules will be posted weekly at the Front Desk!
Debbie has been a member since we opened in February 2018 and has taken advantage of all of the services provided here at Lifestyles.
A few years ago, Debbie suffered a major stroke, leaving her with limited use of her right side. Debbie has patience and determination, and over the years she has worked tirelessly to overcome her limitations.
Here at LifeStyles, you will see her working with the Valley Hospital Sports Institute AfterCare Fitness staff on her clinical exercise prescription. You might also catch her with Physical Therapists in the therapy pool. These departments work together as a team to provide Debbie what she needs as she strives to meet her goals, and with Debbie as Team Captain, we are getting there!
Debbie has rocked it on the Pilates reformer, which is an amazing piece of equipment essential in developing core strength, decreasing muscle imbalances, and improving posture. Her AfterCare exercise sessions have improved her upper extremity range of motion, strength, mobility, and balance.
We are so grateful to Debbie for picking LifeStyles to be part of her team, challenging us to think outside the box and most importantly inspiring us to never, EVER, give up!”
Member Engagement is a key ingredient in meeting your fitness goals!
The Valley Health LifeStyles Mywellness app that was introduced this spring provides motivating options and resources for members to take that next step in their fitness journey. The app is a great tool for members to track their workouts inside and outside of LifeStyles, with GPS capabilities for outdoor activities like running and biking.
Our Exercise Specialists have been hard at work curating workouts for members of all fitness levels to follow along right on their phone or other smart devices. Don’t have time to make it into LifeStyles? We offer a library full of our At-Home Exercise video series that includes all of your favorite group exercise classes, and soon will include live-streamed classes.
Track your MOVEs, the Mywellness metric best used to gauge your overall fitness level, and compare yourself to your friends right through the app! Participate in fitness challenges that will motivate you to up your workouts and meet your fitness goals.
Feel free to stop by the fitness desk with questions pertaining to your exercise routine and physical activity tracking using the new LifeStyles Mywellness app!
The Valley Health LifeStyles Mywellness app — available in the Google Play and the Apple App Stores — will help you get the most out of your membership!
New Member Virtual Welcome Orientation
Tuesdays, July 13 or September 14 at 6 p.m.
All members are welcome to join one of our virtual orientations to the Valley Center for Health and Wellness via Zoom. Everything you need to know about making the most of your LifeStyles membership will be presented by our expert staff, with a Q&A with representatives from the clinical services located in the Wellness Center.
JOIN ZOOM MEETING using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2516912019 Passcode: 11221
Valley Center for Health and Wellness Resource Listing
LifeStyles Fitness Center
Aquatics/Swim Lessons: 201-316-8435
Main Directory: Front Desk/Fitness Desk
Member Account Services Office: 201-316-8436; (fax) 201-316-8457
Membership Sales: Lisa Channel – 201-316-8440
Sports Institute: Prehabilitation/AfterCare Fitness, Resting Metabolic Rate testing, Functional Movement Screening, Concussion Baseline Testing
Outpatient Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy/Aquatic Therapy)
Main Directory: 201-447-8134; (fax) 201-316-8442
Main Directory: 201-316-8452; (fax) 201-316-8453
Main Directory: 201-291-6467
PrimeTime Program: 1-877-283-2276
Main Directory: 201-316-8444; (fax) 201-316-8445
Valley Medical Group
Main Directory: 201-389-0075; (fax) 201-962-9730