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Fitness Newsletter | February 2011 | 
8 Ways to Be Heart Healthy!  


Holding HeartFebruary is American Heart Month. Take this opportunity to make a few small lifestyle changes that can have a big impact on your heart health!


1. Preventative Check-ups - Once a year, schedule a checkup to have your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels checked. Be sure to follow your healthcare professional's recommendations.


2. EXERCISE! - Increase your activity until you're getting a minimum of 30 minutes per day. Variety is key; take fitness classes, walk/jog, get a personal trainer. Working out with someone helps you to be consistent and accountable. Did you know we offer personal training in our centers? You can train one on one, with a partner or in a group! Contact any recreation center for details!


3. Stay Hydrated - Take a water bottle with you! Your body will let you know if you need water. 


4. Eat Healthy - Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Make the right choices at the grocery store. You'll end up eating whatever you have in your house, so leave the potato chips and cookies behind!


5. Control Cholesterol - Eating foods high in saturated fat, trans fat or cholesterol can lead to high LDL cholesterol. To help keep your cholesterol levels down, eat foods low in saturated fat and trans fat, such as lean chicken or turkey, fruits and veggies, low-fat or fat-free dairy products and whole grains. When cooking, use olive oil. Studies have shown olive oil lowers LDL cholesterol.


6. Lower the Sodium - To help lower high blood pressure, watch your salt intake. It may be disguised in food labels as sodium alginate, sodium sulfite, sodium caseinate, disodium phosphate, sodium benzoate, sodium hydroxide, monosodium glutamate (MSG), or sodium citrate.


7. Maintain a Healthy Weight - Excess weight increases your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. One way to determine if you are at a healthy weight is by looking at your BMI (Body Mass Index). Click here to find your BMI.


8. Stay Positive - Lowering your stress level can decrease the risk of heart disease. You can do this by staying positive. How do you stay positive? Reward yourself for accomplishments on a daily basis. Write a list each day of things you are grateful for. Give someone a compliment. Positive energy and thoughts are contagious!

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New Cardio Equipment is Coming!

New cardio equipment is coming to all six recreation centers!


On Monday, February 28, the old cardio equipment will be removed from our centers and the new machines will be installed on Tuesday, March 1.


Please note that most cardio equipment will be unavailable on both days. We apologize for the down time, but hope you'll enjoy the new machines!

Check Out Our Spring Catalog!  


CatalogIt's time to think Spring with our Spring Programs & Activities Catalog! Take a look inside for classes and programs that will have you and your family dancing, creating, swimming, getting fit and more!  


Dancing is a fun way to get active or to add something different to your exercise routine! For the kids, we are excited to introduce Breakin' 101 (break dancing) at Bayside Recreation Center for boys and girls ages 8-12.


For adults, we have several new options including Adult Tap or Dance for Fun Level III at Great Neck, Fusion Belly Dance or Urban Line Dance at Kempsville and Beach Shag at Princess Anne!
Registration for most programs begins March 12.

Get in the Game with Coed Adult Kickball


Enjoy the friendly competition of adult kickball in Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation's spring league. Each team must have 10 players (age 18 & up) on the field during play, with 5 males and 5 females. Up to 20 players are allowed on a team. Games are played mid-April through the end of June. Each team will play 12 to 14 games.


Registration continues through March 31 with a fee of $300 per team. Registration forms and additional league information is available here.

New TRX® Classes Coming this Spring!


TRXTRX® is one the latest fitness trends due to it's versatility and portability. TRX® is comprised of suspension straps made of nylon. Using this system, you can safely perform hundreds of exercises that build power, strength, flexibility, balance, mobility, and prevent injuries, all at the intensity you choose. Check out the latest TRX® programs offered at the recreation centers. 


Beach Body TRX® - This 5-week beach body session will help you reach your fitness goals for swimsuit season! Regardless of your fitness level this personalized class will track your progress, including strength, flexibility and body composition. A food journal is included in the cost of the program. Come get fit in five weeks!

TRX® Basic Training - Introduce yourself to the fundamentals of suspension training exercises. This program builds strength, balance and flexibility.  


TRX® Kettle & Box - A special blend of suspension training exercises and kettlebell intervals to improve core strength, mobility and balance. Creative sessions of punching combinations and counter punching drills complete the ultimate conditioning.

TRX® Iron Circuit - High-intensity workout that includes muscle sculpting and fat blasting using TRX® suspension and kettlebells.

TRXpress - Intense 30 minute cardiovascular and spot training program that hits every part of your body. 


TRX® Ropes and Straps - TRX® and jump rope intervals that build total body strength and cardiovascular conditioning. This high intensity workout is complete with a cool down stretching routine.

Meet the Trainer: Debbi Allen 


Debbi AllenDebbi Allen is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at Princess Anne Recreation Center. She has worked for Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation for eleven years as a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. Her instructing experience includes W.O.W. (Women on Weights), Body Sculpting, BOSU, Spinning, X-Biking, Drums Alive®, along with Aqua Aerobics and Deep Water Cardio & Core. 


Debbi is passionate about health and fitness and it shows in her classes. Her clients and patrons regularly compliment her on her teaching methods. Some of her famous quotes are, "You are a lot stronger than you think," and "There is a modification for every exercise. No excuses, please." 


Join Debbi at Princess Anne for Deep Water Cardio & Core. Learn more about Personal Training at our recreation centers.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


Bow Creek Recreation Center will be closed February 28 through March 6 for maintenance.


Seatack Recreation Center will be closed March 14-20 for maintenance.


The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed through Spring 2011 for renovations.


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 your child requires 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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