Member Stories: Mark Westlake’s Mountain Climb for a Cause

We’re extremely proud of our members. Over the years their work out agendas and sporting endeavors serve as healthy examples of how it feels to be “Elite,” and how exercise not only adds years to your life, but life to your years! Today we’d like to highlight another member’s experience:

My first experience at mountain climbing/trekking was a two-day trek up Mount Fuji in Japan which sparked an interest and a realization that this was something I enjoyed doing and was a good way to keep fit. A few years later I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and then two years ago I went to Ecuador to climb four mountains in the volcanic area near Quito. Both of these were for charity organizations, the first for Cancer research after losing my brother to cancer (more info and donations via Just Giving website) and then Pancreatic Cancer after losing my mother to this in 2012 (more info and official Facebook Page). Continue reading Member Stories: Mark Westlake’s Mountain Climb for a Cause

Play Every Day for a Healthier You & Your Family

Remember when you were a kid, how carefree you were, and perhaps your only worries were whether you’d make the team for a game of kickball, baseball or whatever game your friends and schoolmates were playing? You certainly didn’t think about paying the mortgage or high property taxes, or if you should have the house painted this year or next. Play was the thing. It was fun and absorbed your energies until it was time to go home for dinner, or later on, to do your homework. Play was good for you, whatever it was, and whatever the time of year. Ice skating, sledding and perhaps skiing in the winter, swimming in the summer, or even when you were a toddler making castles in the sand, or swinging as far out as you could, and sliding down the slide front ways and backwards. Playing was your only job then. You were a kid, you didn’t have any more responsibilities other than playing when you were very young, and as you got older, helping with some simple chores at home. Continue reading Play Every Day for a Healthier You & Your Family

Transitioning from Indoor to Outdoor Exercise

Spring is in full swing, and you are now starting to shift your focus from the treadmill stationary bike to outdoor exercise options. As tempting as it is to lace up your new shoes or fill those tires, there are some things to keep in mind while making the transition, and avoiding injury. Continue reading Transitioning from Indoor to Outdoor Exercise

Member Stories: Tim Stark “When I retired, I wanted to do something big”

This story originally appeared in the Fall edition of our seasonal magazine. You can find a digital copy on our website or pick up a paper copy at any Elite location.

“When I retired, I wanted to do something big.” Tim Stark, a veteran marathon runner and Elite Sports Clubs member, took his retirement plan to a whole new level and walked across Scotland in the fall of 2012. Having accomplished such a feat, Tim has acquired a few meaningful philosophies on maintaining one’s health and fitness as a means to better enjoy life. Continue reading Member Stories: Tim Stark “When I retired, I wanted to do something big”

A Fun and Active Holiday Weekend

Ahh the 4th of July. A day filled with excitement, patriotism, parties and so much delicious food. And just like any other holiday, we promise ourselves we won’t overindulge at the buffet table. But when that day arrives, we forget those promises quicker than we made them. Continue reading A Fun and Active Holiday Weekend