Fall Recreation Classes

Mon, October 19, 2015 | Recreation

Evening Yoga class is held each Monday and Wednesday evening at 6:00pm at Riordan Hall, 3 Riordan Dr. Yoga is a great way to work on your flexibility and strength. Just about everyone can do it; it’s not just for people who can touch their toes or want to meditate. Instructor Maureen Neagle will help you learn and practice yoga poses that include proper alignment and breathing technique to acquire the maximum physical and mental benefit from the class. Bring your yoga mat, dress comfortably and prepare for the best hour you’ve awarded yourself. Class cost is $3.50 per class or 12 class punch card for $36 + POA photo ID or $2.25 facility use fee.

Evening Water Fitness class is held each Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6:00pm at the Branchwood Recreation Center, 222, Glasgow Rd. Water fitness instructor, Deb Thelen guides her students through a routine that will get a good heart beating fitness workout in the water. Improve your strength, balance, flexibility and cardiovascular health, leading to better muscular tone. Class cost is: $1.50 per class or 1 punch off of a 15 class punch card for $15 + facility use fee. $3.50 for POA members with a POA photo ID, $4.50 for POA members without the member photo id, or $5.50 for a sponsored guest. Deb offers your first class free as a trial, however, the facility use fee will need to be collected.

Evening Zumba is offered at 6:30pm on Wednesday evenings at Riordan Hall, 3 Riordan Rd. Everyone is welcome to join and enjoy a high-energy, fun, Latin dance-based cardio workout to burn calories. Zumba combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations that allow the Zumba participants to dance away their worries. It’s based on the principle that a workout should be “fun and easy to do” Zumba is not only great for the body, but it’s also great for the mind. Zumba fitness instructor Angela Hopkins leads this class at Riordan Hall (and also Zumba class on Tuesday mornings at 9am at Metfield Clubhouse). Class cost is $3 per class or purchase a 10 class punch card for $25 + POA photo ID or $2.25 facility use fee. Angela offers Zumba classes September through May and your first class fee + POA photo ID of $2.25 facility use fee.

Total Body Workout’s held each Saturday morning at 9:30am in the Metfield Clubhouse, 3 Euston Rd. Participants in this class can expect a total body workout building strength from the inside out. Exercises will be a mixture of Pilates, weights, core building, stretching and balancing work. This fitness class will be a bit challenging at first, but students will adapt quickly. Fitness instructor Lucy Quarti will assure everyone has a good time and a beneficial workout. Participants will need an exercise mat, water bottle and towel. Class cost is $3.00 per class or purchase a 10-class punch card for $25; if you do not have a POA issued photo ID an additional $2.25 fee is charged for facility use per visit. Your first Total Body Workout class fee is waived; however, you will need to present your current POA photo ID or pay the $2.25 facility use fee.

Yoga – Yoga certified fitness instructor Lucy Quarti leads yoga class each Saturday morning at Metfield Clubhouse, 3 Euston Road, beginning at 11am. The instructor will guide students through stretching, strengthening and detoxifying yoga poses. Focus will be on proper alignment and breathing during this class for all levels of Yoga students. Bring a yoga mat and prepare to enjoy an hour of stress-relieving yoga exercises. Each class costs $3, or purchase a 10-class punch card for $25; if you do not have a POA issued photo ID an additional $2.25 fee is charged for facility use per visit. Your first Saturday Yoga class fee is waived; however, you will need to present your current POA photo ID or pay the $2.25 facility use fee.

If joining a fitness class isn’t feasible or desirable, please remember that walking is the most accessible form of physical activity – regardless of ability level, age or socioeconomic status – just about everyone can get up and take a walk. Exercise, specifically walking, is vital to fighting preventable chronic disease and improving overall wellness. Commit to walking a short distance every day, at least 22 minutes, and resolve to begin a healthier lifestyle today!

Trails close by to begin your new or continued walking ventures

Tanyard Creek Nature Trail, constructed by volunteers, is a two-part trail with parking. The first part of the paved walking trail is a relatively level 0.3-mile loop through open country. Meanwhile, the other portion of the trail is moderately hilly. The trail stretches through woods and along Tanyard and Sunshine creeks. This portion of the trail has a well-maintained natural surface. In addition, the 2-mile trail connects to the top of the Lake Windsor Dam, which takes hikers past a breathtaking waterfall. This section adds another half of a mile of level, paved walking. The total length of the trail is about two miles. Both portions have signs describing the plants and flowers hikers will see along the way. The Tanyard Creek Pavilion sits at the trail’s entrance. Directions (from Town Center on Arkansas 340/Lancashire Boulevard): Take Arkansas 340 west. The trail, which is less than a mile from Town Center, is on the left.

Loch Lomond Walking Trail, a nearly 3,300-foot walking trail sits on the community’s west side. The level trail, which is located below the Loch Lomond Dam, has a paved surface and available parking. The trail loops around a softball field. Directions (from Town Center on Arkansas 340/Lancashire Boulevard): Take Arkansas 340 west. Go through the Highlands Gate. Turn right on Glasgow Road. Travel about one mile. The trail is on the left.

Blowing Springs Walking and Biking Trails offers 6.3 miles of natural-surface trails at Blowing Springs Park in Bella Vista. The rolling contour trails range from two to three feet wide. The trails are designed to be used by pedestrians and mountain bikers of all age and skill levels. The trails have been designed to take advantage of the park’s natural beauty, including its many bluff lines, springs, caverns and established natural habitat. One of the trails’ highlights is a 30-foot bridge that leaves a rock shelf to connect to the trail below winding around to a “natural air-conditioned cavern,” which releases 60 degree air. The trail system includes a total of eight bridges and 15 benches. Given the terrain, some of the trails are inherently more challenging; however, the trail was built with safety and sustainability in mind. Directions (from Town Center on Arkansas 340/Lancashire Boulevard): Take U.S. 71 south. Turn left on Mercy Way.

Although, technically located in the Bentonville city limits, the Lake Bella Vista Walking Trail is a convenient choice for many families living in the southern portion of Bella Vista. The 1.75-mile paved walking trail is level and loops around Lake Bella Vista. The trail, which is ideal for walking, running and biking, offers playground equipment, benches and ample parking. The walking trail is adjacent to Bella Vista’s Veterans Wall of Honor. Directions (from Town Center on Arkansas 340/Lancashire Boulevard): Take U.S. 71 south. Turn left on Mercy Way. Turn right on Lambeth Road.

If walking outdoors isn’t your thing, or in cases of inclement weather, consider visiting or joining the Fitness Centers in Bella Vista and use the treadmills each center has available. Affordable daily, monthly and annual fitness passes are available for purchase to POA members. Bella Vista fitness centers are located at: Branchwood Recreation Center, 222 Glasgow Rd., telephone (479) 855-8181, Metfield Clubhouse, 3 Euston Rd., telephone (479) 855-8165, and Riordan Hall, 3 Riordan Dr., telephone (479) 855-8170.

After all the walking you will be doing, your old sneakers are worth more than you think! Please consider donating your old sneakers; they become reused as affordable footwear for people in need around the world! Bring your old sneakers to the collection site at Kingsdale Tennis Center, 4 Riordan Dr., Bella Vista.

 

 

Evening Yoga class is held each Monday and Wednesday evening at 6:00pm at Riordan Hall, 3 Riordan Dr. Yoga is a great way to work on your flexibility and strength. Just about everyone can do it; it?s not just for people who can touch their toes or want to meditate. Instructor Maureen Neagle will help you learn and practice yoga poses that include proper alignment and breathing technique to acquire the maximum physical and mental benefit from the class. Bring your yoga mat, dress comfortably and prepare for the best hour you?ve awarded yourself. Class cost is $3.50 per class or 12 class punch card for $36 + POA photo ID or $2.25 facility use fee. Evening Yoga class is held each Monday and Wednesday evening at 6:00pm at Riordan Hall, 3 Riordan Dr. Yoga is a great way to work on your flexibility and strength. Just about everyone can do it; it?s not just for people who can touch their toes or want to meditate. Instructor Maureen Neagle will help you learn and practice yoga poses that include proper alignment and breathing technique to acquire the maximum physical and mental benefit from the class. Bring your yoga mat, dress comfortably and prepare for the best hour you?ve awarded yourself. Class cost is $3.50 per class or 12 class punch card for $36 + POA photo ID or $2.25 facility use fee.