Recreation Update December 2015

Mon, December 21, 2015 | Recreation

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Santa has been real busy becoming more physically fit and ready for his night of delivering gifts to all of the good little boys and girls in the world. He’s been hitting the treadmill, increasing his cardiovascular activity as well as strengthening his upper body (he’ll need that to keep his reindeer in line).

Right after Christmas comes a New Year and more often than not, New Year’s resolutions. The Bella Vista POA fitness centers are available for your use should one of your resolutions be to become more physically fit. Branchwood Recreation Center is located at 222 Glasgow Road, Riordan Hall, 3 Riordan Drive and Metfield Clubhouse is at 3 Euston Road. Fitness experts agree that it is important to choose a balanced routine when opting for a healthier, fitter you. If you’re looking to be fit overall (who isn’t), you’ll want to start a routine that keeps you on top of every aspect of your game – that means aerobic exercise, strength training, and flexibility training. All three of them!

  • Cardiovascular activity –Start out simple with walking or running, or take a class at any of the POA fitness centers. Fitness classes are held most days at Branchwood, Riordan Hall and Metfield Clubhouse. Stop by and pick up a schedule and resolve to join a class today! Just a few classes offered to assist in increasing cardiovascular activity are Zumba classes at Riordan Hall and Metfield Clubhouse, Cardio classes at Branchwood Recreation Center and Metfield Clubhouse and water fitness classes at Branchwood pool. Indoor cycling classes are offered at the Metfield Clubhouse on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
  • Strength conditioning –Start by doing 4 to 8 different exercises, making sure to work out different muscle groups.Though cardio can and should be done 5 times a week, keep the weight training to twice. Conditioning classes are offered at all 3 POA fitness centers. Sports Fitness (formerly known as Golf Fitness) will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:30pm in the Riordan Hall auditorium. Strength and Balance, Total Body Workout and Silver Sneakers Classic classes are scheduled regularly at all three fitness centers.
  • Flexibility training – You’ll be surprised how much improving your flexibility can help you across the board. Every day of the week, do slow, sustained stretches for 10 to 30 seconds (according to the American College on Exercise). Attending yoga class on a regular basis can help improve your flexibility immensely! Certified Yoga instructors offer Yoga class at Branchwood, Riordan and Metfield. Stretch and Balance classes are offered, too.

The POA is announcing additional fitness classes being offered at Metfield Clubhouse after the first of the year. Fitness Instructor, Lucy Quarti will add a Silver Sneakers Classic class on Fridays at 3:00pm, in addition to her Monday and Wednesday 3:00pm classes. Lucy will also lead a class called “Cardio Strength” on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:00pm. If you are looking to increase your arms, legs and core strength, this class is for you; a strengthening and conditioning cardio class utilizing hand weights and muscles provided by you! The instructor will conclude class with a series of stretching poses that will send participants off feeling revitalized and strengthened.

Also, beginning in January, Sports Fitness will be offered at 2:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Riordan Hall auditorium. This is a new name and new time for the class formerly known as “Golf Fitness”. Although the class was developed with golfers in mind, it is beneficial for anyone who wants to improve their overall health and fitness for all types of sports and lifestyles, whether it is golf, tennis, paddling, biking or hiking. The class, which is designed for all levels of fitness, will begin Tuesday, January 5 at Riordan Hall, 3 Riordan Dr. Sports Fitness class will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:30p.m. and will run through Thursday, February 25, 2016.

Certified Fitness Instructors Peg Corcoran and Jean Kittelson will lead the classes. The instructor team will offer guidance on exercises to be done in circuit style, focusing on the core and leg muscle groups. Work is done at your own pace and intensity leading to a fitter you! The one-hour classes will be offered at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Participants are welcome to attend as many of the classes as their schedules allow.

The cost is $3 per class, or $20 for 8 classes when a punch card is purchased. Class participants, without a current photo identification card issued by the Property Owners Association, will also be required to pay the Riordan Hall facility fee of $2.25 per class. Try your first class free, along with your POA photo ID.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good New Year!