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Fitness & Wellness Newsletter | December 2009 |
Plan for an Active Winter!
CatalogBetween the holidays, the cold temperatures and the short days, it can be tough to commit to a solid workout routine in the winter months. Hold yourself accountable by registering for a fitness class or two from our new Winter Programs Catalog. Our offerings range from belly dancing and boxing to pilates and yoga.
If you're ready to make a serious commitment to losing weight, sign up for our Lose to Win fitness challenge!  Our 12-week program will help you lose weight, lose stress, lose tension, or perhaps lose the need for some medications.
Registration for new programs begins Saturday, January 9 at 9 am.
Walk Your Way to Good Health
Couple WalkingA walk is a great way to end one year and begin a new one.  A New Year's Eve stroll provides solace from the hectic season and time to reflect on the previous year's experiences and accomplishments.  Welcoming the New Year with a walk affords a special opportunity to think about personal resolutions and look forward to what lies ahead.  Here are a few walking tips and facts:
  • Walking sideways burns 78% more calories than walking forward. Changing your motions makes you body work in different ways
  • A study done at the University of Pittsburgh found that postmenopausal women who regularly walked for more than a decade, avoided many common health risks.
  • If you take an average of 10,000 steps each day, you will walk 3.5 trips around the Earth in your lifetime.
  • Your walking shoes should be replaced about every 500 miles.
  • Walking on a rough but level track requires 50% more energy than walking on a paved road. So hit the trails!
  • Step up the pace! Do you know how fast you are walking? To get a close estimate, count the number of steps you take in a minute and divide by 30. For an example, if you take 120 steps you would be walking about 4 mph.
Find more facts from  Ask about the Walk Program at any recreation center!
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Beginning in January, we're introducing a new 90-day unlimited group fitness pass, in addition to our 30-day group fitness pass.  Punch cards will still be available in 18 and 30 punch denominations.
30 minute classes = 2 punches
60 minutes classes = 4 punches
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To participate in a group fitness class, you must have a recreation center membership or visitor pass.
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Resolve to Get Fit with Passport to Fitness!
January 16, 2010 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Now is the time when most people begin thinking about New Year's Resolutions. "It's a new year, and it's time to make changes in my life!"  Almost every year, the same top resolutions crop up:
  • Go back to school Resolution
  • Get a better job 
  • Volunteer
  • Travel
  • Quit a bad habit
  • Get out of debt
  • Get organized
  • Spend time with friends/family
  • GET FIT!
To make 2010 a success, plan on visiting your local recreation center on January 16 for Passport to Fitness. Bring a friend or family member and sample a variety of fitness mini-classes at this free event. We offer core conditioning, cardio, mind & body, water fitness and adult fitness classes.  Learn about upcoming programs and speak with our staff to answer your fitness questions. You can also enter to win a 30-day unlimited group fitness pass to help you with your resolution!
View a schedule of the mini-classes being held at each recreation center and save the date for this great fitness event!
"Be the change you wish to see." -Ghandi

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 

All Community Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, City parks and park facilities will be closed on December 24 and 25, as well as January 1 and 18.  These facilities will also close at 5 pm on December 31.
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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