Whether you want to look good in shorts, learn portion control or add to your current workout, Norris Recreation Center has a line-up of new health and wellness seminars and fitness classes for all ages this spring.
For the first time, Norris members will receive the perks of attending monthly seminars on a variety of topics for free. Nonmembers pay a $10 fee. Seminars are for ages 12 and older.
The first seminar, Portion Control, at 6pm Thursday, March 14, will teach you proper portion sizes, the difference between portion size and serving size as well as other tips for eating a balanced meal.
“This class is for everybody; even if you don’t have a fitness goal, you can pass along what you learned to other family members, including children,” said Ande Masoncup, Assistant Superintendent of Recreation.
Rethink Your Drink at 6pm Thursday, April 11, will demonstrate the amount of sugar in juices, vitamin water, soda and other nonalcoholic beverages; how to understand nutrition labels; and make better drink choices. Don’t forget to bring your own beverage to the seminar.
“Sugar is the hidden culprit in everyone’s diet whether you’re eating it or drinking it,” Masoncup said. “We’ll show participants, in a very eye-opening demonstration, how much sugar they’re actually consuming in one drink.”
Then Practice Safe Sun at 6pm Thursday, May 16, will teach you how to safely exercise in the summer heat including how to properly dress, stay hydrated and protect yourself when you exercise outside.
Those rising temperatures also mean wearing less layers, and swimsuit season. If you’re not prepared for your summer wardrobe, join one of several fitness programs to help shed those unwanted pounds.
During the new Shape Up for Shorts Challenge from March to June, a personal trainer will help you get fit, build confidence and hold you accountable. You will receive a fitness assessment, three personal training sessions, weekly weigh-ins, teleconferences and a final assessment in June – all at times convenient to you. The program is for ages 12 and older, but ages 12-17 must have parental consent.
If running is more your style, but you’re not sure where to start, sign-up for Running 101. You must be 18 years old to participate in this program that will progressively train you to pick up your pace with the end goal of preparing you to compete in a 5K. The program meets from 8:30-9:30am on Thursdays, March 7-May 23.
Maybe you already workout but are looking to take your routine to the next level; consider adding TRX Suspension Training. This full-body workout engages every muscle group, using your own body weight as resistance for each exercise. The program meets from 6-7pm Mondays, March 4-May 20 or from 9-10am Thursdays, March 7-May 23.
Catering to all ages, Norris also will offer Little Yogis for ages 5-7 and Brains, Bones and Balance for ages 50 and older.
Little Yogis will teach children poses in a fun, age-appropriate manner as well as instill the importance of focus, body awareness and confidence. The class meets from 4:30-5:30pm Tuesdays from March 5-May 21.
Brains, Bones and Balance meets from 8:30-9:30am Wednesdays from March 6-May 22, to help strengthen bones and improve joint mobility to gain and maintain independence for as long as possible.
For information on fees and to register, visit www.norrisrec.org or call Ande Masoncup at 630-377-1405.