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Fitness & Wellness Newsletter | September 2010 |
Complete Your First 5K - We Can Help!
5K TrainingFall is the time of year when everything changes: the days shorten, the temperature cools, the leaves change and so can you! Rather than waiting until January to make a New Year's resolution, why not make a commitment now to adapt a healthier, more active lifestyle and take this momentum into 2011?
We are looking for all those walkers that have thought about jogging, but never really knew how to start. Or maybe you know you need a challenge, but thought running 3.1 miles was out of your reach. Anyone can take this challenge, and everyone that stays with the program is successful because it's your 5K. We give you the knowledge, the training program and the confidence. You supply an open mind and a willingness to challenge yourself.
Remember that your registration fee also includes entry into the Jingle Bell Run/Walk to support the Arthritis Foundation. The gratification of crossing the finish line at an event like this and knowing that you put in the hard work and training to perform your personal best is amazing. Wouldn't it be great to take that feeling into the holiday season instead of having the dreaded New Year's resolution staring you in the face? Make the commitment now, let us help, and go in to 2011 happier and healthier!
How to Train for Your 5K: Register now!
Sundays, 8-9 am | Oct 3 - Nov 28 | Bayville Farms Park | $89
Join the Party: Try TurboKick® FREE!
TurboKickTurboKick® is a unique cardio kickboxing class that uses sport specific movements, high paced intervals, easy to follow combinations, kickboxing specific strength/endurance training and a mind/body cool down designed to maximize weight loss. The class allows participants of any fitness level to participate and custom tailor their workouts.
In order to avoid hitting a plateau with your body, it's important to switch up your workouts. TurboKick® produces new music and choreography every three months, which will be launched in a fun party-like atmosphere to keep the class fresh and the body challenged. Join the addiction!
The TurboKick® Round 42 Launch will be a FREE class on October 20 at Bayside from 5:30 - 6:45 pm. Join the party!
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FREE Fitness Event!
Get Fit Virginia Beach 
Saturday, October 16
9-11 am @ Mount Trashmore
Experience Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation's different fitness offerings and fend off that inevitable holiday weight by taking advantage of free fitness classes in the park! Bring a towel and some H2O! Open to the public; membership not required.

Offerings include:
- Beaming™
- Martial Arts
- Boot Camp
- Kickboxing
- TRX®
- Kettlebells
- Zumba®

Health & fitness vendors will be onsite from
8:30 - 11:30 am.
Free flu shots will be available through the Health Department.
Stress Less, Weigh Less
YogaMind and body formats, such as yoga, pilates, Tai Chi, and pilates-yoga fused classes help reduce stress which may aid in weight loss. In response to stress, levels of the hormone cortisol rise; for people who continue to worry, those levels can stay high. Elevated cortisol levels not only stimulate eating, they ensure that any additional calories are efficiently converted to fat. Worse yet, under the influence of cortisol, fat tends to get deposited in the abdomen, a particularly unhealthy place. Big bellies are linked to insulin resistance, a precursor to Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes and heart disease. By combating stress, mind-body formats can help normalize cortisol levels.
Beginning October 7, PiYo® has been added to the group fitness schedule at Great Neck from 6-7 pm. PiYo® is a unique athletic blend of strength training and core conditioning with a foundation based in pilates and yoga. This class is also offered Monday evenings at Bayside from 6:30-7:30.
Meet the Instructor: David Jones
David Jones
David A. Jones Jr. aka DJ Turbo has been working in the fitness industry for almost three years now. At age 13, David started gaining a lot of weight that followed him into his senior year of high school. He was able to change his negative eating habits and find a workout program that would soon spark his lifelong journey in fitness. He teaches Cardio Kick Boxing, TurboKick®, Hip Hop Dance, Yoga, PiYo® and Pilates. David's goal is to show everyone that no one truly hates fitness. He says, "You just have to find a program that's fun and that you love doing."
David is currently a full-time college student at Tidewater Community College and plans on getting his bachelor's degree in exercise science. Two of his biggest passions in life are music and dance.
"We spend our lives looking for our soul mate, everyone has what I call our soul mates to fitness... that one workout that you love waking up in morning and doing." --Chalene Johnson
Join David for TurboKick® at Bayside on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm, or for PiYo® at Bayside on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 

The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed through May 2011 for renovations. 
The pool at Seatack Recreation Center will be closed October 4-20 for replacement of the underwater lights.
Bayside Recreation Center will be closed October 11-17 for maintenance. The pool will remain closed through October 19.
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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