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Here we feature UPCOMING EVENTS along with articles written by our professional exercise physiology staff – workout tips, nutrition basics, class highlights, member and employee spotlights and more! Look for our YouTube channel coming soon.

Red, White & Run 2017!

Red, White & Run 2017!

Join the Muskingum Recreation Center for the 5th Annual Red White and Run 5K  Walkers & all ages welcome:  July 4th at 8am, Rain or Shine  Entry Fee: $25 through July 2nd, $30 after  REGISTER ONLINE HERE, or print and complete the registration form below and return it to the MRC front... read more
Introducing the Makos Sharks

Introducing the Makos Sharks

  Summer swim team is so much FUN! Learn to swim fast, make new friends and race in meets! Parents can even expect to have some fun hanging out at meets and at the volunteer stations. So, how does all this work?  Registration and Team Suit Fitting/Ordering Tuesday, May 16, 5-7pm at the MRC. Register for the team, meet the coaches and try on suits to see what fits best. Our vendor will also have goggles and other swim gear for sale. If you already know your size, you can order a team suit online and still take advantage of bulk shipping. Order deadline is May 21. Link for online orders: https://aquaticoutfittersofohio.com/pages/muskingum-makos Team suit: Girls – Dolfin Predator V Back, $52.80 Boys – Dolfin Predator Spliced Jammer, $36.80 – or – Brief, $27.20 Practice Practices start Tuesday, May 30. Swimmers are expected to attend practice. The more your swimmer practices, the better your swimmer will get! Practices are in the mornings on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 8-9:30 am for 11 and older and at 9:30-10:30 am for 10 and under. We will also have an optional FUN swim (games and diving board time) on Friday at 9-10 am with treats afterwards. Meets Our meets are on weekday evenings. Away meets are typically held in outdoor pools. Warm ups will normally start 1 hour prior to meet start for home meets and 30 minutes prior to meet start for away meets. Your swimmer must participate in a minimum of three meets to be eligible for Championships. The Champs meet will be held at Denison University in Granville. Swimmers 11... read more
National Senior Day Is May 31st

National Senior Day Is May 31st

SAVE THE DATE! National Senior Health & Fitness Day is May 31st, 2017, 9a – 12p for adults 60 and over! “With Movement…There’s Improvement ” Free access to the exercise/fitness floor, senior group exercise classes, speakers on a variety of topics, health screenings, healthy snacks, and more. Registration not required. Free Senior Group Exercise Class Schedule (classes in italics are in warm water pool, dress accordingly) and Guest Speaker Presentations* 8:00-8:50am … Senior Step Class Studio 2 9:10-10:00am …  Senior Splash Class Warm Water Activity Pool 10:10- 11:00am … Senior Splash Class Warm Water Activity Pool 10:10- 11:00am … Silver Sneakers Classic Class Studio 2 10:30-11:00am … Chair Volleyball in the Gymnasium 11:00-11:25am … Line Dancing Gymnasium with Tara Poorman 11:35-12:00 … Speaker Meghan Green, Exercise Physiology Therapist from Genesis Healthcare Systems – “The Right Fit: Getting Ready for a Workout That Works for You.” Download the full flyer with schedule HERE. Local Participating Businesses and Health Screenings in The Muskingum Recreation Center Gymnasium (as of 5/24/17): Genesis HealthCare System Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department – BMI Home Instead Senior Care American Nursing Care Northside Pharmacy – derma view Sterling Suites Primrose – blood pressure testing Rambo – blood pressure and pulse oximeter readings Interim Healthcare Allwell Behavioral Health... read more
SPRING Into SUMMER! 8 Week Individual Fitness Challenge

SPRING Into SUMMER! 8 Week Individual Fitness Challenge

Are you ready for summer? We can help! Join the Spring Into Summer 8 Week Individual Fitness Challenge    Cost: Members $50, Non-members $100 When? May1 – June 25, 2017 What do you get? Pre and Post Fitness Assessment Personalized Exercise Prescription based on assessment Platinum Membership includes unlimited land and water classes Free fitness training led by exercise staff Weekly workouts, recipes and nutrition tips A Fitness Assessment is series of measurements to help determine your level of physical fitness, strengths, and weaknesses. The purpose of a Fitness Assessment is to: Allow the exercise staff to develop an exercise program to fit your individual needs based on the results of your fitness assessment. Allow for comparisons to standardized norms. Track progress of current program. Provide a gauge for evaluation on future reassessment Areas of testing include: Resting Heart Rate Blood Pressure Body Composition Aerobic Capacity Muscular Strength/Endurance Flexibility UPDATE: Registration is now closed. We have 28 participants, all 18 and over; 24 women and 4 men participating. Check our blog for updates as we are able to post them, and be sure to join the next challenge to get in on the fun of fitness! View/print downloadable PDF of challenge... read more
Goal Setting

Goal Setting

Set goals today to establish a success plan for tomorrow. Are you one of those people who sign up for a gym membership, show up the first day to work out and have no idea where to start? Or, you know how to work the equipment but are bouncing from machine to machine – not really using the equipment for any intended reason? If you have never set goals or evaluated what you want out of your time at the gym, it’s time to meet with an exercise professional and set some goals. Goal setting is the key to your success.  Make your time at the gym help you achieve success. Maybe you just want to stay active or work to increase your activity.  You may want to embark on a weight loss journey that you can commit to for a few months.  Either way, make it tangible. Invest in it by setting your goals. In order to move forward in a positive direction, you will need to identify your goals, purpose, barriers, and time frame. Goals allow us to have a plan in place when life happens. They give us the tools to walk through the barriers and focus on the outcome. Goals don’t have to be elaborate or in-depth but they do need to be specific enough to provide you with a road map to a healthier you! Here are some tips on how to set your goals!   SMART GOALS Specific: Write each goal as specifically as possible, so there is no confusion with what the goal is. Measurable: Focus on goals that are measurable actions. Attainable:... read more
Top Excuses for Not Exercising:  We’ve Heard Them All

Top Excuses for Not Exercising: We’ve Heard Them All

When people are asked the question, “Why don’t you workout?”  They usually respond by answering, “I don’t have time,” then give a million other reasons why.  Let’s face it – we make or find time to do things that are a priority.  As the saying goes, “Find time now or you won’t have time later.”  Below are the top excuses people use to avoid working out. I don’t have time.  I understand that schedules can be very hectic.  But, when I hear people use this excuse I often wonder if they really don’t have time or if it’s just not a priority.  Face it, if something is a priority, we will make time to get it done. I’m too old.   You are never too old to exercise.  There is something for all ages.  Exercise can help stave off many health conditions or help you better manage those conditions you may have.  Our exercise staff has experience developing programs for all age groups. I don’t like exercising by myself.  Find an exercise partner.  If we know we have someone to work-out with, we are more motivated to do it because we don’t want to let that person down.  We are more inclined to work a little harder when we have someone by our side. It’s so boring.  Find an activity that you like and do it.  Don’t plan an activity that you don’t like and expect to stay motivated.   It’s hard to stay motivated if you are dreading doing it.  Don’t do the same routine day in and day out.  Mix it up.  Remember – variety is the... read more
The Many Styles of Yoga

The Many Styles of Yoga

As a yoga teacher, people often ask me about the various styles of yoga they’ve heard of . . . Power Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Hot Yoga, Slow Flow . . . what do they all mean? There are, in fact, so many styles of yoga it is truly difficult to name all of them. Yogis are always coming up with something new. In fact, the MRC is getting ready to pilot a new yoga class called PiYo that is a Pilates/Yoga mixed class, and our very own Rachel Matz created a new class herself called Spin & Flow (indoor cycling + yoga in an hour long class.) But what of some of these other styles that you’ve heard or read about? Let me give you a brief explanation of a few. I’ll use the 7 styles introduced in this Infographic by Health Perch. Aerial Yoga Aerial Yoga is a style of yoga done while suspended from the ground from hammock-like pieces of cloth called ‘silks.’ It is a relatively new style of yoga and is growing in popularity, much like AcroYoga and Slackline Yoga, neither of which I address here. Ashtanga Yoga Ashtanga Yoga is an older form of yoga that follows Patanjali’s 8 Limbed Path which includes moral precepts, right living practices, controlled breathing, postures and all practices leading up and and including meditation. Ashtanga is an intense practice that follows a specific sequence of postures (asanas) and is a type of Power Yoga. Bikram Yoga Bikram Yoga is another form of Power/Hot Yoga established by Choudhury Bikram. Classes are held in a room heated to approximately 100 degrees F... read more
Adding Movement to Your Day

Adding Movement to Your Day

Are you too busy to exercise?  Not enough time in the day?  If you answered yes to either of those questions, you might want to start creating a plan to move more.  Adding more movement into your day helps you burn calories and stay energized.  The American College of Sports Medicine recommends a minimum of 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise.  You can increase your health benefits if you also sit less during the day.  New evidence suggests that, no matter what your total sitting time is, regular interruptions from sitting (even as little as standing up) may help to reduce your risk factors for developing coronary heart disease and diabetes. Here are some tips to get you moving more throughout the day. Stand and take a break from your compute, stretch swing your arms and move every 30 minutes. Take breaks in sitting time in long meetings. Stand to greet a visitor to your workspace. Use the stairs. Stand during phone calls. Walk to your co-workers desk instead of phoning or emailing. Use the restroom on another floor. Move your bin away from your desk so you have to get up to put something in it. Use a height-adjustable desk so you can work standing or sitting. Have standing or walking meetings. Use headsets or the speaker phone during teleconferences so you can stand. Eat your lunch away from your desk. Lift small hand weights at your desk.   On average, adults spends half of their day sitting.   The human body is made to move.  However, the technology age has left us as a society more... read more
Fat Pockets, Skinny Bodies

Fat Pockets, Skinny Bodies

Healthy Eating on a Ramen Noodle Budget Losing weight is not all about exercise. Exercise combined with a good healthy diet is key to the wallet. If you know what foods to buy and understand what the proper serving sizes are, most healthy foods are not as expensive as we think. Here is a list of healthy foods that are very cheap. Carbohydrates  Brown rice: What’s a serving? 1/4 cup dry rice. Price per serving: 18 cents. A 1-pound bag costs about $1.75 and contains 10 servings. Nutrition info per serving: 170 calories, 2 grams fiber, and 4 grams protein. Whole Wheat Pasta: What’s a serving? 2 ounces of dried pasta, which means you get about 7 servings in a box of dried pasta. Price per serving: About 24 cents. You can get a 13- to 16-ounce box or bag of store-brand dried pasta for about $1.69. Nutrition info per serving: About 200 calories, 7 grams protein, and 6 grams fiber. Whole Wheat Bread: What’s a serving? 2 slices. Labels usually list a serving as 1 slice of bread (about 28 grams per slice), but for our purposes, we’ll use the amount you’d use to make a sandwich. Price per serving: About 18 cents. You can get a 22-ounce loaf of store-brand whole-wheat bread for about $1.99 (on sale). Each loaf has about 22 slices, or 11 servings of 2 slices each. Nutrition info per serving (2 slices): About 120 calories, 6 grams protein, and 3 grams fiber. *Make sure the first ingredient on the bread is whole grain. Old Fashioned Oats: What’s a serving? ½ cups of oats.... read more

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