The good news about the holidays is that people get to do more – more parties, more baking, more shopping, more decorating. The bad news about the holidays is that all this decking the halls can also mean people pack on the pounds. Fortunately, four fun fitness programs offered at the St. Charles Park District furnish a great way to get a grip on those holiday love handles and shake off that seasonal stress. And a special bargain rate lets registrants take all four classes for just $32 and save some money in the bargain – another plus when those holiday bills start rolling in.
“This is a fun way of coping with all those holiday excesses,” said Lara Piner, Community Center Supervisor. “You can take a break and try out a new fitness program very inexpensively.”
The four-class program provides a varied workout experience, an important bonus for people who are making New Year’s resolutions to get in shape but aren’t sure what fitness program is right for them. Interested parties can sign up for all four classes at the reduced pricing schedule or register for each class separately at $10 per class, according to Piner.
“They can still fit in a fitness or yoga class even though their schedule might be busy,” said Piner.
If the stress of seasonal celebrations has sapped your strength, then “Holiday Restorative Yoga” on Wednesday, December 27, can lift your spirits. Participants can stretch and build up overworked muscles while improving focus and enjoying relaxation through guided breathing exercises. The physical and mental benefits of yoga are suitable for all age groups and fitness levels.
For those who want to chill out and warm up all at the same time, the “Poinsettia PiYo” class on Friday, December 29, can help burn calories while also calming frayed nerves. A fusion of Pilates and Yoga, the challenging class has enough action to help burn fat and sculpt muscles and enough low-impact stretching and focused poses to help minimize aches and pains.
When you’re ready to kick things up a notch, the “Santa Baby Cardio Barre” class on Thursday, December 28, gives a total-body conditioning workout with an emphasis on core and lower body muscles. The strengthening and toning routines are performed at the ballet barre and are augmented by the use of light weights. The “Jingle Bell Rocking Zumba” class on Tuesday, January 2, supplements its traditional Latin rhythms with some rocking Christmas tunes to illustrate why this dance-based fitness class is one of the fastest-growing exercise trends in the country.
Once a participant has discovered the fitness program or programs that are right for them, they can go ahead and register for regular program offerings in that subject. Classes generally run in 4-, 6- or 8-week sessions.
For more information on any of the holiday workout programs, contact Lara Piner at 630-513-4330.