Can What You Eat Change Who You Are?
We've all heard that you are what you eat, but can what you eat change who you are? A recent study from the universities of Navarra and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) suggests that the answer is yes. Researchers found that consuming foods high in trans-fats and saturated fats, such as pastries and fast food, increased the risk of suffering depression. They also concluded that healthy fats (polyunsaturated fats naturally found in fish and vegetable oils) were associated with a lower risk of suffering depression.
The study followed 12,059 participants over the course of six years. Read the full article on e! Science News.
Save Time: Get in on the Combo Craze
Let's face it, times are changing and we all seem to have less free time these days. So often, exercise is not first on the priority list due to time constraints and busy lifestyles. One of the most common excuses given for not working out is a lack of time. To get to the gym, get a cardio workout or group fitness class in as well as some weight training can take 1 ½ to 2 hours to complete. Wouldn't it be great if it could all be fit into one hour?
One hour combination group fitness classes that incorporate an equal amount of time on cardio, weight training and even core work and flexibility are becoming increasingly in demand. These combination-group fitness classes, which are currently offered at many of our recreation centers, break an hour into segments that provide a full-body cardio and strength-building workout.
The 30/30 sessions combine 30 minutes of high and low-impact cardio with 30 minutes of full-body toning. The 20/20/20 sessions also break an hour into segments of high and low-impact cardio and full-body toning, while also finishing with core work and stretching. Instructors who teach combo classes agree that these classes are ideal for those with limited time because participants reap the benefits of cardio exercise, including weight loss, stress reduction and improved heart health, while also gaining strength.
As with all of our group fitness programs, these combination sessions are set to upbeat music and taught by different instructors who bring various personalities and levels of motivation to the sessions. And don't think these classes are just for women! Men who have tried these classes have not been disappointed.
We offer a range of different combination classes such as 20/20/20 - 20 minutes each of cardio, strength, and core and stretching offered at Kempsville and Princess Anne, Kettle & Pedal - 30 minutes each of group cycle and kettle bells offered at Kempsville, 30/30 Step/Resistance - 30 minutes each of step cardio and resistance training offered at Princess Anne and Bayside, and last but not least, Box & Tone - a mixture of both cardio kickboxing and resistance training. Also, don't forget all of our wonderful water group fitness classes in the pool. Many offer both cardio and resistance training using foam dumbbells and noodles.
Come join the combo craze and enjoy a great full body workout!
Meet the Instructor: Bill Anderson
Bill Anderson and his wife, Vicki, began taking ballroom dance lessons through the recreation centers shortly after Bill's retirement from the Army in 1992. Their instructor, Betty Lou Olliges, taught the basics of ballroom dance simply and effectively. Bill and Vicki advanced to the point where they were asked to take over the teaching responsibility at Princess Anne Recreation Center. They have been teaching Level I and Level II Ballroom Dance (Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing, Cha Cha and Rumba) together at Princess Anne for over five years.
Bill teaches through simple explanations and practice and enjoys the satisfaction of seeing those "with two left feet" master the dance steps. He takes a fun approach to helping others learn a lifelong enjoyable past time. This spring, Bill will be teaching the new Beach Shag class at Princess Anne.