Fitness Newsletter | January 2014 |
Keeping On Target with Your Goals
by Diane Benner, Fitness Supervisor

It's amazing how quickly the holidays seem to come and go. It feels like we just rang in the New Year and here we are a day away from the start of February. Have you been sticking with your resolutions and goals for 2014, or are you back to your old habits and lifestyle? If you are staying on course, congratulations! It's not easy making a change, but the results will be worth it.

And if you have fallen a bit off track, remember that it's never too late for a restart. As Thomas Edison said, "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." Set a goal, make a plan and commit to it.  
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BODYPUMP™ Hits Rec Centers in February!


We're excited to announce that BODYPUMP™ will launch at five of our recreation centers in February! This world-renowned, 60-minute class uses barbells, plates and height-adjustable steps for a moderate to high-intensity workout focusing on low weight loads and high reps. In fact, the average class contains around 800 repetitions in a single workout! This combination of high reps with lower weights provides a means of resistance training that anyone at any age and fitness level can enjoy. 


BODYPUMP™ workouts are set to the latest hard-hitting and inspiring tunes to keep you motivated - all while burning up to 560 calories! In addition to cardio conditioning, two different types of muscle fatigue are reached in this class - isolated and accumulation fatigue. Some fibers work better with slower tempos and other fibers work better with faster tempos. By changing the pace, you're not just keeping the workout interesting, you're activating all the fiber types in your muscles. Take a look at this video to see what BODYPUMP™ looks like in action!


We're offering several free classes in February to celebrate the launch of BODYPUMP™. Check out the group fitness schedules for class days and times. Free classes require a membership or day pass, but not a group fitness pass. Be sure to get there early as equipment is limited.

Diet vs. Exercise: Which is Better for Weight Loss?


We know that diet and exercise are two key components of healthy living. But which of these has the greater impact on the scale? The correct, and perhaps surprising answer, is your diet. Typically, cutting calories through changes to our food intake promotes weight loss more effectively than exercise. It's much easier to eat, or not eat, 1,000 calories than it is to burn 1,000 calories. For instance, you can easily consume 1,000 calories by eating a single slice of cake. By comparison, it would likely take you a couple hours of moderately intense exercise to burn 1,000 calories. This does not mean physical activity is not important, or that it can't have a significant impact on your weight. It simply means that it's much easier to forgo the cake than it is to spend the next two hours trying to work it off. 
So, what about your energy levels? Does diet or exercise have the greater impact? This time, the answer is exercise. Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. Exercise is also the answer for short bursts of energy. It causes the brain to release neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. Studies have shown that people who exercise are more productive due to enhanced energy levels.
The bottom line is that diet and exercise complement one another. Combining the two will yield maximum results on the scale, boost your energy levels, and generally increase your physical and mental well-being.
Spring Classes & Spring Sports Registration


Sand FootballOur Spring Programs & Activities Catalog will be available online next Saturday, February 8. Registration for new programs will begin at 9 am on the same day. If you've got a bit of cabin fever, you'll be happy to see some of our outdoor programs starting back up!

Interested in playing team sports? Our Grapefruit Softball, Spring Softball and Sand Football Leagues all begin registration in February. 

Grapefruit Softball | Team registration for this "pre-season" league will be February 3-7. Fee is $250 per team. Men will play on Thursday nights and Coed on Friday nights in late February and early March. This will be a short (8-game) season with no playoffs. It's a great opportunity for you and your team to shake off the rust before the Spring season begins.

Spring Softball | Spring Softball League team registration will be held February 17 through March 7. Fee is $550 per team. Men's, Women's, Coed and Men's Legends (50 & Over) leagues will be offered. Practices begin April 1 and the season will run from the end of April through late July. Games are played at various ball fields throughout the city.

Spring Coed Sand Football | Love to play football? Like the beach? Give Coed Sand Football a try this spring! Games consist of two 40-minute halves and are played on the beach at 25th Street on Sunday mornings. Team registration is February 3-7. Entry fee is $700 per team. The season runs from early March to late May. 
Registration details and league information is available at 
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures

Bow Creek Recreation Center is closed for a long-term modernization project.


The pool at Williams Farm Recreation Center will be closed on Monday, February 3 for preventative maintenance.


The pool at Great Neck Recreation Center will be closed Monday, February 17 through Wednesday, February 19 for the installation of accessible railing.


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 you or 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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