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Fitness & Wellness Newsletter | August 2009 |
Explore the Mind-Body Connection
HandsOffered in our centers for the first time, Reiki is a healing practice that originated in Japan and is based on the idea that there is a universal energy that supports the body's innate healing abilities. Practitioners seek to access this energy, allowing it to flow to the body and facilitate healing.  Reiki can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, reduce or eliminate pain as well as increase wellness of your body, mind and spirit. This course will focus on the practice of self-care and participants will leave with a Level I certificate. Registration begins September 12th. All courses are offered from 9:15 am - 4:45 pm.
#91215 | Saturday, October 10 at Kempsville
#91217 | Saturday, October 24 at Princess Anne
#91216 | Saturday, November 7 at Bayside
#91218 | Saturday, November 21 at Bow Creek
#91219 | Staurday, December 5 at Seatack
#91220 | Saturday, December 12 at Great Neck
Weekend Diet Survival Guide
Weigh InHave you ever avoided your Monday morning weigh-in because you blew your diet over the weekend?  Well, you're not alone.  Most people, even those who are not dieting, tend to eat more on weekends than they do during the week.
In a study published in the journal, Obesity, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis followed 48 men and women for a year to determine how weekend eating affected their diets.  Almost all of the participants, ranging from healthy weight to nearly obese, lost weight during the week and gained it back on the weekends. Their physical activity didn't change much; the weight increase was caused by a higher calorie intake. Weekend overeating is so powerful that it could lead the average person to gain 9 pounds over the course of a year.
Next month we will highlight a few simple steps you can follow to avoid this pitfall.
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Wellness Words
by Mary Anne Radmacher

Live with intention.

Walk to the edge.

Listen hard.

Practice wellness.

Play with abandon.

Choose with no regret.
Continue to learn.
Appreciate your friends.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
Fitness Team Member Highlight: Chuck Thomas 
Chuck ThomasChuck Thomas has been with Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation for 19 years and worked at Seatack and Bow Creek before finally settling in at Kempsville Recreation Center with the Fitness Unit. Chuck is a certified AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, United States Amateur Boxing Coach and is preparing for the AEA certification (Aquatic Exercise Association) to enhance the already popular aqua fitness program. He teaches fitness classes that include Core and Abs, Kick Boxing, Aqua Box, Bosu Box and Fit For Life. He created the Summer Boxing Camp for youth which has tutored and mentored hundreds of youth in the ten years the program has been in existence. Chuck is extremely proud of the work he is doing with youth, adults and seniors and works to enhance the quality of life for every body.
The Dynamic Duo: Yoga and Pilates
YogaThere is a tremendous amount of interest these days in yoga and pilates. Both are very sophisticated systems of integrative exercise with a lot in common. The six pilates principles: centering, concentration, control, precision, breath and flow, could easily be used to describe many kinds of yoga. Pilates and yoga are also quite different from each other, and it is in the differences that we find many of the complimentary aspects of the two that make them such a great team. Continue reading...

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 

Great Neck Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance from Monday, August 31 to Monday, September 7.
Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance from Monday, September 14 to Sunday, September 20. The pool at Princess Anne will remain closed through September 27. Also, the gym and racquetball courts will be closed for approximately one month from September 14 to October 14 for floor resurfacing.
All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Municipal Tennis Center will be closed on Monday, September 7 for Labor Day.
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If you or your child require additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at
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