There’s no better time than today to find your way back into the gym and the staff at the Norris Recreation Center in St. Charles have some great fall classes to help you meet your health goals and have a fun, safe and social time.
Membership Services Supervisor Dan Charak said his team is always ready to help people achieve their health goals whether they are searching for one-to-one support, group exercise or even looking to drop a few pounds and maybe meet some friends along the way.
“Norris is a wonderful place to work because I have the opportunity to help people in so many different ways,” Charak said.
Grab those walking shoes and your dog’s leash for the Dog Walking Group that starts Wednesday, Sept. 1 Participants will meet at the Norris at 1 p.m. and enjoy a healthy walk for about an hour, or whenever your dog gets tired.
“We’re trying to create a community aspect,” Charak said.
The program is a great way to enjoy some fitness and reconnect in the community. All pups must be leashed and up to date on vaccinations.
Or for another spin on walking, check out the Breathwalk program, where a group instructor will help participants discover how to incorporate mindful meditation into their walks. The program is a great way to help reduce stress, improve one’s mood all while walking.
“It’s a chance to do something different and walking is the most common form of exercise,” Charak said. The class will meet from 8-9 a.m. Mondays starting Sept. 13.
For a new spin on group exercise check out FLASH, which stands for Fit Ladies Always Stay Healthy and offers participants the opportunity for small group training with a certified fitness professional for a six-week period. The program is designed for all fitness levels and aims to help each member work on their individual fitness goals. The program will run from 2-3 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 1, a great way to fit in an afternoon workout or burn some calories before dashing to pick up children from school.
“We’re trying to re-motivate people and help people feel comfortable using equipment, free weights,” Charak said.
For a challenge, consider Total Body Bootcamp where personal trainers leads participants through a variety of cardio and strength training exercises each week. Charak said this class offers a lot of variety, and participants may find themselves exercising indoors, outdoors and trying new moves. The class runs from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays starting Aug. 31 and continues through December, offering a great way to build a strong fitness routine as the weeks turn cooler and we move closer to winter holidays.
And don’t let the name intimidate as there are always modifications as each person find challenges and moves toward their personal goals.
“It takes time to see results and we’re here to help you work on the process,” Charak said.
And fitness alone can’t move the numbers on a scale. Charak said it’s important to understand the foods we eat can affect us. The Inflammation Symposium is a chance to learn direct from a registered dietician the causes of inflammation, what can be done to prevent it and aid in alleviating it. The program is slated for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 and is a great way to help educate oneself and learn more about the role foods play.
Charak said he and his team of fitness professionals are ready to support each member meet their goals, whether they are seeking personal training, finding a great group fitness program or simply getting a refresher on the equipment available at the recreation center. It’s not enough to sign up, Charak said, but taking that important step to find a fitness routine that fits into your life and helps you meet your goals.