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Fitness Newsletter | December 2012 | 
Plan for a Healthy New Year! 


2013As we wind down on 2012 and start thinking of the year ahead, let's be smart about our resolutions. Think beyond what you want to change and understand why you want to change it. Why do you want to lose weight? Why do you want to exercise 5 times per week? Why do you want to eat healthier? Your motivation lies in the answer to this question. If you don't have a strong reason to make a change, you probably won't stick with it.


Make a smart resolution this year and let us help you reach your goal with some of the programs, classes and tips below! Until then, we hope you enjoy the holidays with your family and friends!

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Revamp Your Workout with Passport to Fitness

Saturday, January 19 | 9 am - 12 pm | Most Recreation Centers 

YogaYour journey to better health in 2013 begins with Passport to Fitness on Saturday, January 19! Check-in begins at 9 am and classes run through noon. There are five sites to choose from: Bayside, Great Neck, Kempsville, Princess Anne and Williams Farm. There's no admission cost, no membership requirement, and no advance registration!  


A variety of cardio, strength and mind & body classes will be offered, including our newest, most innovative equipment and formats. This is also a great way to meet a variety of our talented, certified instructors. Get a sneak peak at the schedules for each center!

As a special addition, we will be offering our newest water fitness format, Aqua Cross Training, at Williams Farm. Be sure to bring a bathing suit for this one and a mat if you plan to sample any of our mind & body classes.

Attendees can also enter into a drawing for a 30-day Unlimited Group Fitness Pass. You don't want to miss this event, so mark your calendar and plan to join us!


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Take a Stand for Good Health in 2013!

by Robert Arbogast, Fitness Specialist


Woman StandingFitness professionals constantly preach about the link between a sedentary lifestyle and weight gain and how it affects every age group. New research is coming out that backs up that claim and the findings are even more dramatic than you might think.


Studies published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and a journal for the European Association for the Study of Diabetes have found that enzymes that burn fat in the body go down by as much as 90% after sitting more than an hour. Furthermore, a longer stint of sitting slows the metabolism of glucose and has a negative effect on HDL (good) cholesterol. Both of these are risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.


Here's some more not-so-good news. The studies found that individuals that are otherwise active are not immune to all of the pitfalls of sitting for long periods of time.


Now for the good news: there is a solution. Don't sit. Get up and stand! It sounds ridiculously simple, but it's true. Many work tirelessly, plugging away with technology at the Standing Manfingertips. It's hard and important work, but it doesn't have to be done sitting down. The same could be said for sitting at home or out in social settings. For most of us, if we stood every time the phone rang or we got a text, our sit time would never reach an hour. What if we checked email or Facebook from a counter instead of a desk?


Technology is smaller and more portable than ever. Office furniture makers are seeing the possibilities. The large-scale manufacturers are starting to make height-adjustable workstations that allow you to stand or sit. Smaller companies are getting even more creative looking for a niche. One company makes a workstation that allows the worker to slide a treadmill in place and walk/work away. And companies that have large workforces like Google and Boeing are buying these work stations in hopes of creating a healthier workforce.


We can do this. Start thinking out of the box, or should I say, out of the chair. Let's take a stand in 2013 for better health!

Body Transformation Classes Feature Fitness & Nutrition


Body TransformationWe can help you get started on your goals for the new year. Our Body Transformation program gives you eight classes packed with fitness and nutrition information that will help you establish healthy routines in 2013.


It's not just talk; be prepared to move and sweat! We're taking you through great workouts as well. And what makes this program unique is that you get to choose the format depending on which rec center you attend. At Great Neck, we will focus on cardio conditioning, while Bayside has a dance theme with Hip-Hop, Zumba® and Drums Alive®, just to name a few. Kempsville will specialize in TRX® and boxing, and Williams Farm will take a cross training approach with everything from kettlebells to TRX®, Viper®, and boot camps.

Each program starts the first week of February, but register early as we expect these programs to fill up! Check out this flyer for more details included days, times and cost.

New Group Fitness Classes for January 


StretchAqua Cross Training is our newest water format specifically designed for the pool at Williams Farm Recreation Center. Shallow and deep water will be used, new equipment has already been purchased and our certified instructors are busy creating innovative and challenging workouts. This class will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 am. Get ready to take water fitness to the next level!


Stretch Fit is our newest addition to the Great Neck line up. This class is designed to improve flexibility, range of motion and posture by performing both dynamic and static stretches. You will leave feeling and moving better. Stretch Fit is a 30 minute class, offered on Friday mornings at 9:15, perfect to add onto another class or to take following your own workout.


Back by popular demand, CardioMix & Core returns to Bayside on Sundays at 11:15 am. This class features a variety of pure cardio training formats, sure to boost your metabolism. CardioMix & Core will also be offered on Tuesday nights at 6:45.


SilverSneakers® CardioFit has finally arrived. Starting in January, we are adding this safe and effective low-impact cardiovascular workout for active adults at Bayside. Energizing and easy to follow movements promote heart-healthy, total body conditioning to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance. A chair offers participants a seated option, as well as support when moving to and from the floor during strength training segments. 


SilverSneakers® classes are available to all of our members. Those without a SilverSneakers® membership card can enter the class using their group fitness punch card or unlimited group fitness pass.

Check out our Group Fitness page for a complete list of classes and descriptions.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


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


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, administrative offices, staffed parks & park facilities will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, December 24-25 for Christmas. All facilities will also close at 5 pm on Monday, December 31 and remain closed on Tuesday, January 1 for New Year's.
All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, administrative offices, staffed parks & park facilities will be closed on Monday, January 21 for Martin Luther King Day.


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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