New York Sports Clubs Launches "Lighten Up" to Beat Winter Blues

New York, Boston, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia Sports Clubs Debut Waist-Whittling Workout Class Incorporating Bright Light Therapy to Improve Moods

Jan 13, 2012, 13:04 ET from Town Sports International

NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Are the winter blues dragging you down? Just in time for the "most depressing day of the year"— Blue Monday (Jan. 16)— New York, Boston, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia Sports Clubs are debuting a one-of-a-kind "Lighten Up" class to help gym-goers conquer their winter worries. According to the Cleveland Clinic, an estimated 10-20 percent of the U.S. population suffers from winter blues, with three-quarters of the sufferers being women.

New York Sports Clubs want Americans to "lighten up" with a class that combines calorie-busting workout moves and mood-boosting music with state-of-the art bright light therapy treatment to lift spirits.

Designed by New York Sports Clubs fitness instructor, exercise physiologist and nutritionist Dr. Martica Heaner PhD, the first 30 minutes of "Lighten Up" gets hearts pumping and endorphins rushing with a weights-free, high-intensity cardio workout. The class concludes with a 20 minute bright light therapy meditation session specifically designed to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.).

"With the impending cold and gloom of winter, we could think of no better time to launch a class that helps people lighten their bodies and spirits," says Dr. Heaner. "Employing a potent and proven combination of tools to serve as mood-boosters—high-intensity cardio exercise, carefully-chosen music, mindful-meditation and bright light therapy—gym-goers are sure to leave this class ready to face the day, frigid weather and all."

"Lighten Up" will roll out in New York, Boston, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia Sports Clubs the week of January 16th. The class will be offered free of charge to both members and nonmembers into February. Additionally, all locations will open their doors on January 16th and offer a "Free Guest Day" for non-members to come in a get a free energizing workout.

For additional information on "Lighten Up", visit

About New York Sports Clubs:

New York Sports Clubs is owned by Town Sports International Holdings, Inc., a leading owner and operator of fitness clubs in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States operating under the brand names New York Sports Clubs, Boston Sports Clubs, Washington Sports Clubs and Philadelphia Sports Clubs. Town Sports International operates 160 clubs and serves over 522,000 members. For more information on TSI, visit


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