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Fitness & Wellness Newsletter | March 2010 |
Weight Training to Lose Weight
Woman Lifting WeightsDid you know that strength training is crucial for successfully losing weight and keeping it off? We're talking about weight-bearing exercise. It doesn't have to be a huge, hulking workout where you're trying to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime; it just has to be some basic strength training.
Why is strength training important for losing weight? You already know that you need to burn more calories than you consume in order to lose weight. If you consume extra calories, you'll gain body fat. That only makes up part of the picture though. It's your lean body mass, that muscle mass underneath your body fat, which burns calories 24/7.

Let's say you have more body fat than you want. You're trying to decide, "Should I engage in strength training as part of my weight loss program?" Some say, "No, because I'll bulk up and it'll make me look fatter." That's a complete myth; it's totally false.
If you find a strategy to conserve muscles, even while you're losing body fat, then you can have a much more successful weight loss experience and end up with a strong skeleton and strong muscles at the end of your regimen as well. The way to do that is to engage in basic weight-bearing strength training while you are pursuing a healthy eating plan.
Want to learn how to set up a weight training program? Sign up for Strength Training In's N Out's.
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Are You Giving the Gift of Calories?
CakeAmerican consumers tend to exercise more constraint when making food choices for themselves than they do when choosing for others, says a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research
Think about the last time you brought something to share with the office. Chances are pretty good that it wasn't a fruit tray! The author suggests this phenomenon may be affecting public health. Read the full article on the Science Blog.
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Meet the Trainer: Jacquelyn Clark
JaqJacquelyn "Jaq" Clark's fitness career started 5 years ago while she was at Penn State pursuing her BA degree. She was working out at the gym religiously and attending 2-3 fitness classes a day. She fell in love with being at the gym and found it to be her second home. She decided to pursue becoming a fitness instructor and enrolled into a yearlong training program through PSU.

After graduating, she was offered a full-time personal training job with Gold's Gym (now Onelife Fitness) and Philadelphia Sports Clubs. She continued her fitness career in Virginia after moving to Virginia Beach 2 years ago.
Education: NASM - Certified Personal Trainer & Corrective Exercise Specialist | CPR/AED | PSU Certified Fitness Instructor | AFFA Pilates | Mad Dog Spin
Philosophy: Fitness is a passion and way of life; having many benefits. Any fitness goal can be achieved with the end results in mind. Having good health is the most important goal to attain. Each person needs a different training program that is tailored to fit their lifestyle; resulting in improving their overall well being. 
Dedication, motivation and accountability are all keys to successfully achieving your goals.  This is a lifelong commitment that needs to be made a priority.
It's Time to Move It Outdoors!
Running on BeachSummer is right around the corner. Spring weather provides the perfect opportunity to shake up your exercise regime by training outdoors. Getting out in the fresh air is fun and challenging, and when it comes to venues, we're spoiled for choice here in Virginia Beach with our parks, beaches and trails. 
Exercising outdoors relieves the boredom of a stale exercise regime and provides additional training stimulus, both physical and mental. Compare running outdoors to running on a treadmill; different surfaces, hills and wind resistance all increase the difficulty of your workout and instead of looking at a TV screen or blank wall, you can immerse yourself in the scenery.
Don't forget to take plenty of water and ensure you're properly protected from the sun with sunscreen and a hat.
Here are just a few points that are worth considering:
  • "One major benefit to outdoor training", says Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief exercise physiologist of the American Council on Exercise, "is that it tends to be more engaging and mentally stimulating due to the changing scenery and terrain - not to mention the mood boost that comes from being outside in the sunshine." 
  • In order to continue to improve musculoskeletal health, exercising on uneven or natural terrain like grass, sand, trails, hills, and other obstacles should be utilized.
  • Outdoor exercise bolsters your immune system - studies show that moderate exercisers get 20 to 30 percent fewer colds than non-exercisers do.
  • "There are some very real psychological and physiological benefits to balancing your exercise routine between indoor and outdoor environments" Kate Larsen, PCC, certified and licensed wellness and business coach.
  • Vitamin D present in the sunlight helps lower insulin levels.
  • You are more likely to stick to an exercise program outdoors - the fresh air will invigorate you and help ease off stress as well.
Need an extra push?  Register for one of our Outdoor Boot Camps!
Source: IDEA, November 2008

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 

The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed through April 4 for installation of a new filtration system. 

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.
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