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Fitness & Wellness Newsletter | October 2009 |
Win a Fitness Assessment!
Not sure where you started or where you are going in your fitness regimen? A Fitness Assessment with a certified fitness professional can assist in identifying your strengths and weaknesses, so a fitness program can be developed specifically for you. Your strength, endurance, flexibility, resting heart rate and blood pressure will be tested and your body composition will be assessed. 
We're giving away a free Fitness Assessment ($39 value) to one of our subscribers!  Enter to win by replying to this email by November 13, 2009 and telling us the following:
  • Do you regularly attend group fitness classes?  If so, at which recreation center?
  • What type of fitness classes or programs would you like to see offered in the future?
One winner will be selected from the entries received.  Only subscribers to the Fitness & Wellness Newsletter are eligible to win.  We will announce the winner in next month's newsletter.
Discover the Benefits of Kettlebells
Woman with KettlebellsIf you would like a full-body workout that incorporates flexibility, strength and stamina, then kettlebells are the perfect solution for you.
So, what is a kettlebell?  It's basically a cast-iron ball with a handle. They come in a range of weights and sizes just as traditional dumbbells do, but the benefit lies in the fact that the center of mass is offset from the handle.  This requires not only the strength and coordination to lift the kettlebell, but also utilizes many stabilizer muscles throughout the body.
Kettlebells are thought to be Russian in origin and over the past decade have gained in popularity across the US due to their simple, yet effective nature.
We are currently offering kettlebell classes at Kempsville and Bow Creek Recreation Centers.  Classes are filling quickly, so register early!
#91210 | Bow Creek | Tu, Th | Nov 3 - Nov 24 | 5:30-6:30 | $30
#91213 | Kempsville | Tu, Th | Nov 3 - Dec 1 | 5:30-6:30 | $34 
#91212 | Bow Creek | Tu, Th | Jan 3 - Jan 28 | 5:30-6:30 | $34 
#91214 | Kempsville | Tu, Th | Jan 3 - Jan 28 | 5:30-6:30 | $34
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Focus on Clockwork Eating
EatingWe've all heard the saying, "You are what you eat." A critical point that people have a difficult time understanding is that you need to eat to lose weight. Frequent, well-balanced meals and snacks will keep you constantly satisfied and give you more energy. Is your metabolism in a slump? Follow these guidelines (based on a 1400-1600 calorie diet) and transform your metabolism into a round the clock fat incinerating machine.
  • Breakfast, 300 calories
  • Lunch, 400-450 calories
  • Dinner, 450-500 calories
  • Two snacks, 100-200 calories each
Aim to have a meal or small snack every three to four hours to keep your metabolism revved up and those calories and excess fat stores burning off. For maximum fullness and energy, make sure to get some lean protein, fiber-rich carbohydrate and a little healthy fat at every meal.
Fitness Team Member Highlight: Robert Barber 
Robert BarberRobert Barber has been with Parks and Recreation for nine years, working in five of the six recreation centers. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding. Robert believes fitness should be fun and loves combining fitness with the outdoors. Most recently, he co-led a women's surf clinic at Little Island Park and assisted with a week-long youth skateboard camp at the Mount Trashmore Skate Park. This spring, he will be leading a Beach Cruiser Boot Camp - riding bikes and performing boot camp exercises at the Oceanfront. Robert is based out of Bow Creek and currently teaches AquaFit and SilverSneakers, utilizing his group exercise instructor certification.  He is also a USA Amature Boxing Instructor and runs a youth boxing program at Bow Creek. This year Robert will assist in running the "Lose to Win" program, a 12-week, city-wide weight loss competition.
Purse and HeelsFashion as a Health Concern?
Ladies, are you stressing your body in the name of fashion?  A women's health specialist at Loyola University Health System, Dr. Shazia Khan covers issues and offers tips related to large bags or purses, high-heeled shoes, nickel jewelry and acrylic nails. 
Read the full release to stay fashionable this fall without jeopardizing your health.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 

All Virginia Beach Community Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, City parks and park facilities will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veteran's Day and on November 26 - 27 for Thanksgiving.
Bow Creek Recreation Center will be closed November 30 through December 6 for maintenance. 
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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