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Fitness Newsletter | September 2012 | 
Get Ready to Get Fit, Virginia Beach! 

Saturday, October 13 | 9 am - 11 am | Mount Trashmore Park 


Chuck demonstrates TRX®

Take advantage of the cooler weather with an outdoor workout at Mount Trashmore Park on Saturday, October 13!

Get Fit Virginia Beach is your chance to sample some of the different fitness classes Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation offers for FREE!

Come dressed for a workout and just bring a towel and water. You don't want to miss this event!

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Classes run from 9-11 am and include: Kickboxing, Step 360™, ViPR™, TRX® and Zumba®. Let's take a closer look at a couple of those classes which might be new to you.


Step 360™ uses a unique piece of equipment that is basically an inflatable step with a flat surface and two intertubes that provide height and stability. It's kind of a cross between a traditional step and a Bosu® and the possibilities for using this device are endless. You'll definitely want to see what this class is all about!

ViPR™ uses a hollow rubber tube about 3 feet long with handles built into it. It's extremely versatile and can be lifted, dragged, thrown, stepped on and more for a whole-body workout using just one piece of equipment. Join us to find out for yourself just how effective this device can be!

Health and fitness vendors will be onsite from 8:30 -11:30 am providing tips and resources to pursue healthy, active lifestyles. Our fitness staff will help determine what you need to reach your fitness goals. Personal trainers will be available to answer your questions and conduct body fat analyses.

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Colorful Eating for Good Health

by Robert Arbogast, Fitness Specialist


Colorful VeggiesHave you noticed how color seems to make everything a little more interesting and enjoyable? Blue skies are nice, but add a streak of red and everyone takes a second glance. Fall is famous for the changing leaves, and a rainbow can brighten the rainiest day.

We all love color, so here's a thought. Why not bring that love of color to your dinner plate? It makes meals interesting and usually makes them healthier. When preparing your meals, seasoning and spices definitely have their place, but if you really want to make a splash, think color. Here are a few tips: 

Red | Kidney beans are a virtual fat-free protein source and high in fiber. They absorb surrounding flavors in soups and sauces and look great against leafy greens in salads.  


Raspberries are also high in fiber and beneficial to the digestive system. They stand out beautifully in plain yogurt or in desserts.  


Green | Avocados fall into that "good fats" category you always hear about. Add it to the dark colors of your turkey burger or make your tacos look more festive. 


Kale is jammed packed with vitamins C and K and beta-carotene. Soups, salads and sandwiches are all options for kale, or sauté it as a healthy green side. 


Yellow and Orange | Sweet potatoes are not just for Thanksgiving. The immune-boosting vitamin A is needed year-round. Mashed or baked is a good alternative to its white cousin. Kids will enjoy them with one simple little marshmallow on top (don't go overboard) or cut and baked in crinkle shapes. 


Mangos deliver a powerful punch of vitamin C. They're funny looking fruits because of their skin color and quirky shape but look stylish and chic sliced and served. Here's a quick tip for picking one that's ready to eat. Judge by the smell. Look for ones that give off a sweet aroma. 


White | Bananas anyone? They are a quick digesting carb that athletes often like either before a workout or after to supplement a protein source. Use them for color and taste in plain cereals and oatmeal. 


Don't fear Tofu. I know a few people just stopped reading, but hear me out on this one. Tofu is a low-fat, inexpensive protein source. It can be added to almost anything: soups, stir fry chili or even pasta sauce. For those trying it for the first time, I would recommend the firm texture variety. 


Purple | Eggplant is very low in calories, but loaded with heart healthy antioxidants. Cut in strips with other vegetables on a soft tortilla shell. Add the avocado mentioned earlier and now your soft tacos are bursting with color. 


Plums, like most fruits, have high fiber content and also are very high in antioxidants. They may also reduce post workout muscle damage and speed recovery. They're tasty treats by themselves and very versatile in their dried form. Throw them in salads or mix them in with raw nuts and seeds for a healthy, homemade trail mix. 


Two final thoughts on color. First, in general, the more colors you can add the better. Color is a sign of a healthy, whole food and should be reached for more often than the colorless, processed alternatives. Second, there are no wrong answers. It's your meal and you're the chef, so get creative!

29 Days 'til Williams Farm Opens! 

Ribbon Cutting: Friday, October 26 | 4 pm | 5252 Learning Circle 


Williams Farm EntranceWilliams Farm Recreation Center will officially open its doors Friday, October 26 following a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 4 pm! Everyone is welcome to stop in for a tour of the center following the ceremony. On Saturday, October 27, we'll have a Grand Opening Celebration from 9 am to 4:45 pm with music, fun activities for the family, fitness and skateboarding demos and more!
This innovative recreation center is like nothing you've seen before! We've worked with the community to design all aspects of the center. From the pool which boasts an indoor water park, outdoor sprayground, three-story water slide and an aquatic climbing wall to the indoor, elevated track and the generous fitness room, this recreation center is sure to impress! Teens will love the new multimedia room where they can produce their own music and videos. Williams Farm Recreation Center also includes an indoor gymnasium, an outdoor play court, classroom space for early childhood programs, and meeting rooms. 
The brand new 25,000 square foot Williams Farm Skate Park features a tiered bowl, flow park, and urban skate plaza. The adjacent 30-acre Williams Farm Park offers new picnic shelters, improved trails, and a park office with restrooms and vending machines.
The recreation center, park and skate park are located off Newtown Road, between Diamond Spring and Newtown Elementary Schools. Check out more photos of Williams Farm!

Amazing Fitness Feats - Did You Know..? 

Tour D'AfriqueThe longest certified road race in the world is the Self-Transcendence Race in New York City. This race is 3,100 miles long, all on foot! Surprisingly, this entire race is only run on two city blocks.

The longest bicycle race is the Tour d'Afrique, which spans from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa. That's 7,500 miles and takes roughly 120 days to complete! The map pictured shows the route for this cross-country expedition.

In 2009, Martin Strel completed one of the longest swims ever recorded. He swam 3,272 miles in 66 days. What makes this even more amazing is that he accomplished this by swimming the length of the Amazon River!

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


Bow Creek Recreation Center is closed for a long-term modernization project. Expected re-opening is September 2014.


Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed through September 30 for annual maintenance.


Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed October 8-14 for annual maintenance. The pool will remain closed through October 21.


Don't forget that your membership is good at all 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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