Fitness Header
Fitness Newsletter | August 2011 | 
Preview Our Fall Catalog!

New Digital Flipbook Format for Easy Reading!   


Get the first look at our Fall 2011 Programs & Activities Catalog now available as a digital flipbook! Registration for new programs begins Saturday, September 10 at 9 am.

Find Your Sole Mate!


Woman Stretching Picking the right shoe is one of the most important decisions you will make when it comes to proper workout gear. Do the shoes you exercise in really impact your health? YES!

Your footwear selection carries so much weight because you could be just steps away from preventing an injury. Wearing the wrong shoe can lead to plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, arthritis and even runner's knee (just to name a few).  

Here are some steps to follow when deciding on the right shoe. 


1. Know your foot type

  • Supinator (feet roll outward) - you'll know if your old shoes are worn out on the outer ridge of the shoe
  • Neutral - you'll know if your old shoes are evenly worn out in the center
  • Pronator (feet roll inward) - you'll know if your old shoes are worn out on the inside of the sole  

2. Match your shoe to your foot type

  • For Supinators: you need cushioning for shock absorption.
  • For Neutrals: you need stability or moderate stability sneakers for balance and support. You basically have the option to wear which ever sneaker feels best on your feet.
  • For Pronators: you need motion-control or high-stability sneakers.    

3. Determine what style of shoe you need  

  • If you walk or jog, go with running shoes. They are engineered for heel-to-toe motion.
  • If you do aerobics, kick-boxing, weight training or any exercise that involves lateral motion, go with cross-trainers.
  • Walking shoes are fine for walking but it is better to go with running shoes because they are built to last longer.    

So the next time you make a trip to buy some new kicks, make sure you know what to look for to prevent injury and make the most out of your workouts.

Quick Links

Find Us On Facebook!
FREE Fitness Event!


Get Fit Virginia Beach

Saturday, October 15
9-11 am|Mount Trashmore


Rejuvenate your exercise routine with this free outdoor fitness event! Participate in a sampling of the different fitness classes Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation has to offer.


Offerings may include, but not limited to:


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

Health & fitness vendors will be onsite from
8:30 - 11:30 am

Vendors wanted!

We are currently accepting applications for additional vendors for this event. If you own a fitness or health related company and are interested in being a part of Get Fit 2011, complete a vendor application
New City of Virginia Beach Website Coming Soon!

New Website to Launch in Mid-September 


WebsiteBig changes are coming to in mid-September! The City of Virginia Beach's website has been completely redesigned based on direct feedback and requests from our users, as well as the city's desire to implement technology improvements. Some notable additions and enhancements to the website include:      

  • An interactive calendar of events that can be filtered based on your preferences
  • A media center containing video and photo galleries 
  • Mobile accessibility that is compatible across all major smartphone formats
  • A visually appealing design that highlights our beautiful city through the use of imagery
  • An interactive Map Center featuring layering capability and an improved graphic interface 
  • A design that is compatible with multiple browsers on multiple platforms
  • An improved search with auto-suggestions as you type        
We hope you'll love the new site! You may need to update some of your saved links when the new site launches.

NOTE: The new website was initially set to launch on August 29, but due to the approach of Hurricane Irene, the launch date was delayed.
Space Available in TRX Basic Training Outdoor Classes


TRXNot a fan of the gym when the weather is so beautiful outside? Learn what TRX suspension training is all about while enjoying the outdoors in one of our city parks. You'll build strength while improving your balance and flexibility just by using your own body weight! This class is appropriate for all fitness levels and is geared towards those with little to no experience with TRX.


Classes begin soon, so sign up today! Even better, sign up with a friend and learn the ropes together! 

Great Neck Park
: Thurs | Sept 1-22 | 6-7 pm | $25 | #100393
Mount Trashmore
: Tues & Thurs | Sept 6-29 | 6-7 pm | $49 | #100395 

Get Kids Running for a Lifetime of Healthy Habits!


Girl RunningYou can help your child get on track with a healthy, active lifestyle by introducing them to running early on. If you get them started while they are young, they are more likely to stick with it as they grow older. Interval training is the best way to introduce running to kids. Interval training involves increments of exercise at higher and lower intensities.

Here are some basic guidelines for getting your child started:

Kids Age 6 and Under:

Kids shouldn't be running very far at this age. Chasing your child around the yard is plenty. Running for 10-20 second increments is ideal, but make sure you take 1-2 minute walking breaks in between.


Kids Age 7 - 9:

Jog for 10 seconds and walk for 40 seconds. Each week you can increase the jog 5 seconds and decrease the walk 5 seconds until they are jogging for 30 seconds and walking for 30 seconds. Start running just a quarter of a mile; adding one minute until you both can complete a mile. They can keep adding time until they get up to 3.5 miles. Once they accomplish that, you can plan to do a 5K with them. Check out local running sites to locate the nearest 5K.


Kids Age 10 - 12:

They can start doing 1-minute intervals, running one minute, walking one minute. If that becomes too easy, you can add on minutes to the running portion. Begin with a half mile. Add a quarter mile each week. They can build up to about a 10K, or whatever feels comfortable for them.


Motivating your child to run with you is one way to help fight childhood obesity while building a healthy lifestyle which can last a lifetime.  
Meet the Instructor: Hannah Dykes   


HannahHannah Dykes teaches ballet, tap and contemporary jazz at Bayside Recreation Center. She is currently a student at Old Dominion University studying Elementary Education and Dance. She has been dancing for almost 17 years; doing all styles from Hip Hop to Ballroom. However, her focus has always been ballet and contemporary jazz.  


Hannah loves to work and works a lot. She is a lifeguard and manages several pools in Norfolk, and she works at a bowling alley. When she is not dancing or working, she is usually outdoors. She
Hannah loves to go camping, hiking in the mountains and surfing.


Hannah teaches youth and adult dance, so look for one of her classes at Bayside this fall! 

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


The pool at Seatack Recreation Center is closed for renovations until approximately the end of November.


Great Neck Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance through September 5. The pool, weight room and racquetball courts are expected to remain closed until September 19 for additional maintenance and ceiling painting.

All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center
will be closed Monday, September 5 in observance of Labor Day.


Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance September 12-18. The pool is expected to remain closed through October 2. 


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
Fitness Footer
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA,
the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.