Monday, February 9, 2015

Winter Fitness Group Challenge - Week 1: Cardio

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Here we are at the beginning of our journey together. I want to welcome and thank everyone for displaying their passion for changing themselves for the better in 2015 by joining the Winter Fitness Group Challenge. I loved the turnout for Saturday afternoon during the open house for the kickoff event. We had great questions and conversations that I think helped certain individuals clear up any misconceptions or misinterpretations about cardiovascular activity.

When it comes to cardio, thinking about how important it is to building a healthy individual is the same as if we are to think about how an architect draws up his or her blueprint. That architect knows that they cannot build a piece of infrastructure with just walls or just a roof. Rather that architect immediately knows that the foundation plays the most important part in building a strong, efficient, and reliable building. We're taking that same approach when it comes to cardio: we're building our foundation bit by bit, week by week, and relentlessly continuing to strengthen our base. 

This week is dedicated to cardio. For those who I have not yet had the chance to talk to during the open house, I want you to think of cardio in multiple ways. The machines in the cardio side do serve a purpose from the treadmill, elliptical, stair master, and stationary bicycles. However, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the Y. We also offer group exercise classes like salsa, dance, zumba, and bootcamp that raise your heart rate up into desirable ranges to burn fat and develop lean muscle. Swimming is also an excellent choice: zero impact on the joints (big plus). 

This Week's Goal: 
Collectively perform 120 minutes of cardiovascular activities

Cardio can also be recorded as simple activities as walking in the park, a light jog on the treadmill, or a steady pace on the bicycle. 

Here's a great picture that's in our cardio room next to the Healthy Lifestyles Office (near the recumbent bicycles) that gives a great description of heart rate zones:

For those who have not yet come in to get their baseline weigh-in and body composition readings, I have added the addition time slots for you to come in and record your information. The times are the following:

Tuesday, February 10th: 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Friday , February 13th: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
** You have just this week to record your first week's baseline weight and body composition **

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