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Fitness & Wellness Newsletter | September 2009 |
Get a Full-Body Workout by Walking
Nordic WalkingNordic walking takes walking to the next level through the use of specially designed poles, similar to those used for skiing. By applying force to the poles with each stride, walkers will incorporate many upper body and core muscles, resulting in a decrease in joint impact, but an increase in calories burned.  
Originating as a way to train cross-country skiers in the off-season, Nordic walking is becoming an increasingly popular form of exercise for those looking to get a full-body walking workout without having to increase speed.  Past participants have been extremely surprised at just how easy, fun, low impact and yet highly effective Nordic walking really is.
Our program consists of four classes that will take you to various locations throughout the City.  Nordic Walking For Fitness begins October 11 and meets Sunday mornings from 8-9 am.  Get registered now and experience walking on a new level!
Sigg Offers Exchange on Some Water Bottles
Drinking WaterBottle maker Sigg made headlines recently after disclosing that the liner used in bottles made prior to August 2008 contained trace amounts of bisphenol-A, or BPA, a substance commonly used to harden plastic that has raised health concerns.  As it turns out, the company knew about the issue since June 2006, but didn't announce it until last month.
The company is running a program through Oct. 31 allowing customers to mail in bottles with the old lining - which was a copper-bronze color - and pick new ones. There is no cost for the bottle, though customers must pay shipping.
If you own a Sigg water bottle that has the old lining, you can learn more about the exchange program here.
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-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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-Vincent Van Gogh
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-Norman Vincent Price
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-Will Rogers
New Class Will Have You Beaming from Head to Toe
BeamingImprove your balance and flexibility while working your core in an exciting, new class called Beaming!  The beam is a six-inch wide, five foot long soft surface that is just inches off the ground, providing a unique way to perform many moves that you are already familiar with.  This barefoot workout is ideal for all fitness levels and provides a fun, yet challenging experience!
Beaming will be held at Bayside Rec Center on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:30-6:30 pm beginning October 20.  You get eight classes for only $34!  Register now! 
10 Tips for Surviving the Weekend on a Diet
By Whitney Provost
DietIndulging on the weekends can cause you to make up any calorie deficit you created during the week, which means you won't lose weight. And who wants to diet without seeing results? Don't let your days off derail your hard work. Be a weekend diet warrior.

1) Eat within an hour of waking up. Starting your days with a healthy breakfast will give you energy and make you feel full longer. A healthy balance of protein and complex carbohydrates, such as an egg-white omelette with vegetables and whole-grain toast, plain yogurt sweetened with berries, or high-fiber cereal with low-fat milk, will stabilize your blood sugar and rev your metabolism.

2) Stick to your meal plan. If you eat five times a day during the week, eat five times a day on the weekend. When you sleep in on Saturday and Sunday, just shift your meal schedule to accommodate the later start, but keep everything else exactly the same.

3) Plan ahead. Weekends are busy with family activities, socializing with friends, and running errands. Part of creating a healthy lifestyle is learning how to adapt your diet and exercise routine to fit any schedule.

4) Lay off the liquor. You already know that alcohol's empty calories and high sugar content are major diet busters. Many people lose their food inhibitions when they drink alcohol, which means they're more likely to make unhealthy food choices after a cocktail or two.

Fitness Team Member Highlight: Birgitt Kishbaugh 
BirgittBirgitt Kishbaugh recently joined the Fitness Unit at Princess Anne Recreation Center. Birgitt developed a passion for fitness when she began participating in group fitness classes as a way to condition herself prior to boot camp for the United States Air Force.  After serving for six years, Birgitt became certified in Group Exercise through the Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and has enjoyed teaching classes such as TurboKick, Step, SilverSneakers, Yoga, BOSU and Boot Camp.  She has worked as a Group Fitness Manager for two different private gyms and brings a wealth of experience in fitness.  Birgitt looks forward to developing and implementing new fitness programs for the department.  Welcome aboard, Birgitt!

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 

The gym and racquetball courts at Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed through October 14 for floor resurfacing.
Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance through Sunday, October 4.  The pool will remain closed through October 11.
Bayside Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance from Monday, October 12 to Sunday, October 18.  The pool will remain closed through October 25.
Don't forget that your membership is good at all six Virginia Beach Recreation Centers!  If your usual center is closed for maintenance, take the opportunity to visit another center.  Use this locator to help you find one!
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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