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Fitness & Wellness Newsletter | April 2010 |
Did Someone Say Bathing Suit?
Woman ShockedYes, it's that time of year again. With the temperature rising and summer quickly approaching, you'll soon be thinking about beach trips and pool parties. For many, these thoughts can induce fear and bring just one goal to mind: I want to look good in my bathing suit!
To accomplish our warm weather goal, we already know we need to eat right and exercise. Most people automatically think about cardiovascular exercise, such as jogging and aerobics, as the most effective way to lose weight. However, you need to lift weights to build and strengthen muscles. Remember, the more muscles you have the more calories your body will burn - even at rest.
If you have the cardio portion of your routine down pat and need help with the weight training aspect, we offer several programs that will help you focus on building strength - WOW (Women on Weights; see article below for more information) and Kettlebells are two good options. 
Want to combine strengthening and cardiovascular conditioning? Try one of our boot camp classes. Numerous classes are held in the recreation centers if you want climate control, or enjoy the warm weather at the oceanfront in the Beach Cruiser Boot Camp.
The morale of the story: Don't fear your bathing suit. Throw some weight training into your workout and you will find you not only feel stronger, but you will look better in your bathing suit this summer.
Weight Training Class for Women
Women on WeightsWomen on Weights is a female-only, interval weight training class that is led by a certified personal trainer. Enjoy the benefits of a small group setting as you progress from beginner to more advanced exercises. We'll make sure you master the proper technique as you learn exercises that can become a part of your regular workout routine. 
We offer classes at several recreation centers, so you can find a location and time that is convenient for you. View class times and register now for May classes!
Go Green at Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, May 2 from 11 am - 6 pm at Mount Trashmore Park
Earth DayBecome part of The Green Generation™ at Earth Day 2010 and celebrate your commitment to bettering the environment. With many interactive exhibits and activities, this event will give you a chance to take part in the national Earth Day's efforts to work towards a "Billion Acts of Green."
Some highlights for this year's event:
eCycling Event (sponsored by Synergy Recycling from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm) Recycle those old computers, electronics and other related peripherals (like ink cartridges) that are hazardous to our landfills.
Bicycling Activities - Mayor Will Sessoms will be in attendance for the Mayor's Bike Ride around Lake Trashmore at 1:30 pm, and we'll also be including a free Bike Safety Check and free Bike Valet Service. We are encouraging citizens to travel green, and so the first 200 citizens to arrive by bicycle to our Bike Valet will receive a free gift!
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Tips for Getting Others to Workout

Friends Working Out 

Do you have a friend or family member who would benefit from working out? Use these tips to help get them on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
Concentrate on changing the behavior of why they are not exercising.
Provide your own testimonial. How has exercise improved your life?
Give positive reinforcement. "You walked three times this week!"
Ask them to support you by working out with you. 
Be cautious with giving advice. Often it's received as criticism.
Plan get togethers that focus on activities rather than meals.
Suggest they sign up for this Fitness & Wellness newsletter!
Meet the Instructor: Tara Peterson
Tara Peterson
Tara Peterson has been practicing yoga for nearly 15 years and has been sharing her passion for the practice through her 7 years of instructing. She began practicing as a child and at the age of 20 had the pleasure of working with Lex Gillian from the Texas Institute to become certified to teach yoga. Tara's passion for yoga has taken her on many adventures all over the world. Retreating to the mountains of Costa Rica to practice yoga was one of her most memorable experiences and she hopes to take her next trip to India! 
Tara loves to be outdoors and enjoy all that life has to offer. Yoga opens the mind and body, allowing this to happen. She teaches at Bayside and Great Neck and is thankful to be able to share her love of yoga with so many amazing people.
Check the group fitness schedules at Bayside and Great Neck to take a yoga class with Tara.
Benefits of Sports and Games
Basketball PlayersThe American College of Sports Medicine recommends doing moderate intensity cardiovascular exercise 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. In the past we believed this had to be walking, running, cycling, swimming and various other types of repetitious consistent movement for prolonged periods of time. However, it has been recently found in several research studies that participating in several games and sports can have the same benefits as the activities above. 
The researchers conducted studies on tennis, racquetball, volleyball, basketball and Tae Kwon Do participants. Even though many of these sports consist of a stop and go play style, the oxygen consumption requirements of the participants were at equal levels with traditional cardiovascular exercise. Researchers determined that these games and sports simulate interval training, which is a very effective means of aerobic training. 
Other benefits are being found for individuals who participate in playing games and sports. Not only is your cardiovascular system benefiting, individuals will see an increase in functional movement, balance and fall reduction. As we age, all of these areas tend to decline. It is even being recommended that older adults enjoy games and sports as long as possible to help prevent falls, increase balance and improve daily living.
It is interesting to note that long-term adherence to exercise is often difficult for many individuals. When someone says they are going to go run, cycle or swim, they refer to it as working out. However if someone is goes to play basketball or tennis, they refer to it as "playing." Physical activity adherence is based on self-efficacy. The more proficient you becomes in an exercise or sport, the more likely you are to repeat this activity. This means the more you play, the better you get, and the longer you will continue to play while reaping the benefits of being physically active.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 

The fitness room at Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed on Sunday, May 2 while the lighting system is updated.
All Community Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on May 31 for Memorial Day.

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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