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Get Fit and Healthy in 2017

Get Fit and Healthy in 2017

It’s 2017 and you’ve made your New Year’s resolution to be fit and healthy. Henry Mayo Fitness and Health, located at 24525 Town Center Drive in Valencia, has the tools you need to succeed. Experienced professional trainers and nutritionists can teach you how to create and maintain healthy habits through exercise and proper nutrition.

Henry Mayo Fitness and Health is a full service fitness facility that also provides free community education onsite.  Through these resources, along with your desire to succeed, the professional staff can put you on the right track to achieve your 2017 fitness and wellness goals.

“We provide members coming through our doors the support they need to create healthy habits while integrating nutrition and a cardiovascular and strength regimen into their routine,” said Adnan Hyder, Director of Fitness at Henry Mayo Fitness and Health.

“The beginning of a new year serves as an emotional trigger for people who wish to adopt healthy changes into their lives to reach their fitness goals. Consistency and making forced behaviors habitual are key to achieving success. Proper nutrition and exercise go hand-in-hand and both are needed to yield positive results.”

The process begins with a thorough health risk assessment which is complimentary for members. During the assessment a trainer examines the health and integrity of the joints and the strength and flexibility of the muscles through the use of a unique functional movement screen. The trainer then creates a customized workout routine to help members reach their goals in the most safe and efficient manner possible.

“Our customized health risk assessment sets us apart from other fitness facilities,” Hyder said. “This gives members a great starting point in their workout routine. Our trainers who perform the assessment are highly qualified. They hold bachelor degrees from four-year universities in a health-science related field and have more than five years of experience in the industry. Their strong educational background, along with the state-of-the-art equipment the facility provides, allows them to look at the entire picture and offer the best plan of action.”

Starting in January, Henry Mayo Fitness and Health is implementing group training which offers all the benefits of having a personal trainer in a group setting. Groups are comprised of two to four people with similar fitness levels and goals. This new service is being offered at a 20 percent discount during the month of January.

“The group mentality can be helpful because when several people are changing their habits together they motivate each other and become accountability partners,” Hyder said. “Our goal is to create independence and self-reliance by providing members the road map and education they need.”

“We cap our membership to allow quick access to all equipment with no wait,” Hyder said. “This also allows for more personalized attention to each member as well.” Members also receive two, 30-minute orientations where they work with professionals who show them the unique exercise equipment the facility has to offer. This equipment can be grouped into three major categories. The first category is cardiovascular equipment, which includes incline treadmills, elliptical, stair-climbers, recumbent bikes, stationary bikes, and AMTs (adaptive motion trainers). The second category is a line of strength machines which operate off of resistance bands, which creates muscular balance and overall good posture. The bands make workouts easier on the joints and help prevent injury. The third category is strength machines loaded with weights. This state-of-the-art equipment is geared toward those working toward lean muscle and tone and definition.

If exercise classes are your thing, there are more than 40 group fitness classes offered per week which include indoor cycling, therapeutic yoga and Tai Chi. Aqua classes are offered in the Olympic-size pool where two lanes are always open for lap swimming for members.

Nutrition Education: Avoiding Fad Diets

Henry Mayo Fitness and Health offers free onsite classes that touch on an array of topics. Tying into the New Year wellness theme, in January, Registered Dietitian Debra D’Angelo is providing classes on healthy eating and how to avoid fad diets.

D’Angelo will cover topics including how to read food labels; how to avoid nutrition mistakes; how to eat healthy that will benefit you for a life time; the pitfalls of fad dieting; correct food portioning.

“I like to focus on healthy lifestyle changes that clients can make and keep for a lifetime, not just for a specific period of time,” D’Angelo said. “Reading food labels correctly is very important. New food labels recently approved by the FDA are more user-friendly and will make it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices.

“Healthy eating and sustaining weight is about balancing proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Fad diets don’t work because they are not sustainable and most of them are not based on any evidence. To keep the weight off, it’s better to go slowly, cut back and eat balanced meals. It’s important that you find something that you can stick to.”

As a guideline for most people, D’Angelo recommends daily meals be comprised of 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent proteins and 30 percent fats. Daily calorie intake should be no less than 1,200 calories. She also recommends healthy snacking throughout the day to avoid hunger and binge eating.

“By eating every four hours people have a better chance of controlling their appetite and not overeating,” she said. “Coupled with exercise, healthy eating will help you succeed in 2017.”

Register now for “Eating Healthy and Avoiding Fad Diets”

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 9- 10:30 a.m.

Community Education Center at Henry Mayo Fitness and Health

24525 Town Center Drive, Valencia, CA 91355

Call 661.200.2300 or visit


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