What I love about the state of Virginia is the sense of community spirit you get, no matter which part of the state you live in. People tend to pull together to support one another and it is exactly what makes me so proud to live in this state. Recently, our local hospital announced their plans to provide free exercise programs to help the community get in shape.
Why Is This Important?
Exercise in necessary to achieve greater health and general wellbeing. Not only is this important for your body, but it is also important for your mind and spirit. It provides various benefits such as helping you to build strength, lose weight, relieve stress and avoid various chronic diseases. It’s a terrific idea for the hospital, because it helps people stay healthy and supports those who are recovering from an illness or surgery.
What Does The Program Provide?
The exercise program is free and open to the general public, so you don’t need to worry about having to be registered at the hospital. The aim for the programs is to help focus on building strength, improving flexibility and balance and managing weight. They are targeting those over the age of 50, or those who are at risk of developing a chronic disease, but anyone can benefit from the program. I know I can!
The program includes cardio classes to target weight loss, metabolism and improve cardiovascular activity. There will also be strength-training classes, which will focus on building muscle with the use of weights or exercise bands. Some examples of classes include Pilates, yoga, aerobics, Zumba and total body conditioning. There are lots of different classes to choose from to suit your needs and fitness levels, so no need to worry or feel intimidated, there are plenty of beginners attending.
My Favorite Class
I had a chance to try out a couple of classes to report back to you and I have to say my favorite class was the elliptical training. This involved using an elliptical trainer, also known as a cross-trainer, and it gave me an impressive workout. I don’t normally use this machine at the gym, so it was a great chance to learn about it and the various benefits it can provide.
The class lasted 45 minutes and it included a warm-up and cool-down. It was great for cardio and I found that it had less of an impact on my joints than the treadmill does. I left it feeling happy and energized, even though it was hard work! It really gets your heart rate up and targets various different muscles, so it provides a good all-round workout for your body. I would recommend this class to everyone and the trainers were really fantastic.
What Can I Do?
Local fitness programs need the help of the community to keep them running. You can start your own or enquire about helping existing programs. I would love to volunteer and offer a bit of my time to help out my community. It’s not just fitness trainers they need, they can always use help when it comes to setting up, cleaning or providing general administrative tasks.
You can also give money to help keep these kinds of programs running, or you can donate gym equipment. Exercise machines such as rowing machines, elliptical trainers and treadmills are more than welcome, either new or used as long as they are in good condition. Other equipment includes things such as mats, weights, jump ropes and gym balls.