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Fitness Newsletter | March 2012 | 
Class Spotlight: Fitness Through Dance


Fitness through DanceLeave your inhibitions at the door! This is not your traditional fitness or dance class, but it is an amazing workout for women looking to add a little spice to their weekly routines. Our experienced instructors will introduce you to the art of chair dancing while giving you a fantastic total body workout. The music is pumping and the moves are hot. You'll love it regardless of your experience level. Check out a video of the class to see what it's all about!

Fitness Through Dance is a registered class that starts April 5th and meets for 4 weeks. Build confidence with the same group of women each week as you learn the routines and get a full body workout. Register now!

4/5 - 4/26 | Th | 5:30 - 6:30 pm | Great Neck | $29 | #105763
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Fast Food Doesn't Mean Bad Food


Spring is officially here and more people are taking advantage of the warm weather and longer days by heading out on the bike trails, walking, running and going to the beach. The kids are starting their spring sports and playing in the parks. All of these activities are perfect for the active lifestyle that we strive for, but we have to make sure what we eat doesn't suffer just because we get busy.   


Last month's newsletter highlighted the importance of involving the entire family in shopping for healthy food choices, preparing meals together and even gave a couple of snack and dessert options that were fun for the whole family. But what do we do when time is so limited? 


SmoothieHere are a few options from Runner's World for some fast foods "to go" and a couple of notes as to why they are a healthier alternative to the common junk food / fast food diets that people traditionally turn to when things get hectic. 


Immunity Smoothie
In a blender, whirl together 1 1/2 cups frozen berries, 1 medium peeled carrot, 1 cup plain kefir (a yogurt-like drink), and a dash of cinnamon. Transfer to a thermos. Immunity-boosting kefir and berries packed with anthocyanin (a type of antioxidant) help keep you healthy after a busy day or great workout.


Moroccan Oatmeal

Microwave a packet of frozen, ready-to-eat steel-cut oatmeal. Put into a wide-mouth thermos. Top with chopped dates, shredded coconut, nutmeg, and plain Greek yogurt. The combination of protein from yogurt and whole-grain carbs and fiber from oatmeal help to keep you full and alert all morning.


Egg Power Wrap

Eating WrapWhisk two eggs with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Microwave for one to two minutes. Place on a whole-grain tortilla with sun-dried tomatoes, 1/4 cup Asiago cheese, and baby greens. Wrap in foil. Two eggs provide 12 grams of protein, plus brain-boosting choline. Sun-dried tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and the antioxidant lycopene.


Turkey Pita Pocket

Combine 3 ounces shredded roasted turkey, 1 ounce grated smoked Gouda, 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, 1 tablespoon mayo, half a diced pear, and a sprinkle of poultry seasoning. Spoon into a whole-wheat pita. This meal provides a third of your daily protein needs. Walnuts are rich in omega-3s, which soothe inflammation and boost your immune system.


Black Bean Roll

Smash 1 cup canned, drained black beans with 2 tablespoons green salsa. Spread between a four-inch wheat roll and top with 1/2 cup green cabbage and cilantro. Black beans provide carbs, protein, and fiber; cabbage contains compounds with anticancer properties.

Looking For a Few Good Instructors and Trainers 


InstructorWe're currently looking for energetic, qualified instructors to teach a variety of land and water fitness and dance classes. We have several openings to teach class formats that we already offer and we're always looking for innovative formats to add to our schedule. Some combination of certifications and/or experience is required, depending on the class format. 


We also have personal training positions available at a variety of times and locations for those certified to work with clients in a one-on-one or small group setting. For more information on instructor and personal trainer openings, contact Kasey Rich at Princess Anne Recreation Center (757-426-0022). 


We are also very excited to offer our new water fitness instructor internship program, specifically designed for instructors that need to gain more experience before taking on a class of their own. This program is also well-suited for experienced land instructors that are looking to expand into another fitness format. For information on the water fitness instructor internship program, contact Robert Arbogast at Great Neck Recreation Center (757-496-6766).

New Group Fitness Classes for April 


YogaGentle Flow Yoga
There are several benefits to adding Yoga to your weekly routine; improved flexibility, posture, concentration and reduced stress levels are just a few. But for many people, traditional Yoga classes can be intimidating. We have the solution. Gentle Flow Yoga, our newest yoga class, is specifically designed for those new to the format or participants that may need traditional yoga postures modified to their fitness level. This class would also be well-suited for our senior participants. Gentle Flow Yoga will be offered at Bayside on Mondays at 10:15 am beginning in April. View Bayside's schedule.



You asked and we heard you! Kettlebells is now offered on our group fitness schedule at Kempsville, with two classes starting in April. Wednesdays at 5:45 pm, it's a solid hour of pure Kettlebells taught by Kerry and Waukesha. On Tuesday nights, we mix it up with Kettlebells, Kickboxing & Core with Chuck at 5:45 pm. We've even purchased a set of light weight kettlebells, perfect for those trying it for the first time. View Kempsville's schedule.


As a reminder, everyone can try one group fitness class per season for free. Just go to any recreation center's front desk and ask about our Group Fitness Sampler Pass. This pass can even be used without a recreation center membership. It's a great way to bring a friend with you, or to try out a new class yourself.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed April 8 for Easter.


The pool at Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed May 19 through June 17 for maintenance.


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.
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