Core Training Class
Wednesday, May 15th @ 10:30 am
Join Kelly for this FREE half hour core specific training class. This class will be modifiable for all fitness levels, but come prepared to WORK! Class will be held in the Boot Camp room. Sign up early to reserve your spot.
Boot Camp Demo Class
Tuesday, May 21st @ 9 am
Been wondering what all the Boot Camp fuss is about? Come join Kelly for a FREE demo class for a taste of this butt kicking workout! This class is designed for first time Boot Campers. Space is limited so sign up early.
Wednesday, May 29th @ 10:30 am
Join Kelly for a discussion/Q&A about healthy weight loss, healthy diets, and caloric consumption and expenditure.
How to keep cool
Wow! Fitness encourages all members to cross train and enjoy the wonderful spring & summer season to exercise outdoors too. Spring weather is here…some sun and hopefully little rain but with warmer days coming outdoor exercise can be challenging when the temperature soars. Stay safe during hot-weather exercise by drinking enough fluids, wearing proper clothing and timing your workout to avoid extreme heat. In the excitement of a pickup basketball game or the relaxation of a friendly round of golf, you might not notice the temperature rising — but your body will. If you exercise outdoors in the heat, use caution and common sense to prevent heat-related illnesses.
How hot weather affects your body
Exercising in hot weather puts extra stress on your heart and lungs. Both the exercise itself and the air temperature increase your body temperature. To dissipate heat, more blood circulates through your skin. This leaves less blood for your muscles, which increases your heart rate. If the humidity is high, your body faces added stress because sweat doesn't readily evaporate from your skin — which only pushes your body temperature higher. Under normal conditions, your skin, blood vessels and perspiration level adjust to the heat. But these natural cooling systems may fail if you're exposed to high temperatures and humidity for too long. The result may be a heat-related illness, such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heatstroke.
How to avoid heat-related illnesses
To keep it cool during hot-weather exercise, keep these basic precautions in mind:
- Take it slow. If you're used to exercising indoors or in cooler weather, take it easy at first. As your body adapts to the heat, gradually increase the length and intensity of your workouts. If you have a chronic medical condition or take medication, ask your doctor if you need to take additional precautions.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Your body's ability to sweat and cool down depends on adequate rehydration. Drink plenty of water while you're working out — even if you don't feel thirsty. If you're planning to exercise intensely or for longer than one hour, consider sports drinks instead. These drinks can replace the sodium, chloride and potassium you lose through sweating. Avoid drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol, which actually promote fluid loss.
- Dress appropriately. Lightweight, loose fitting clothing promotes sweat evaporation and cooling by letting more air pass over your body. Avoid dark colors, which can absorb the heat. A light-colored hat can limit your exposure to the sun.
- Avoid midday sun. Exercise in the morning or evening — when it's likely to be cooler outdoors — rather than the middle of the day. If possible, exercise in the shade or in a pool.
- Wear sunscreen. A sunburn decreases your body's ability to cool itself.
- Have a backup plan. If you're concerned about the heat or humidity, stay indoors. Work out at Wow! Fitness.
Know when to call it quits
During hot-weather exercise, be on the lookout for heat-related illness. Signs and symptoms may include:
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea or vomiting
- Rapid heartbeat
If you suspect a heat-related illness, stop exercising and get out of the heat. Drink water, and wet and fan your skin. If you don't feel better within 60 minutes, contact your doctor. If you develop a fever higher than 102 F (38.9 C) or become faint or confused, seek immediate medical help.
Regular physical activity is important — but don't let hot-weather workouts put your health at risk.
10 Fitness Facts and Statistics to Keep You Motivated
- Over 50% of people who start an exercise program GIVE UP within the first 12 months.
- The average man exercises 115 days per year. Sound impressive? It's not — that's only about TWO days per week.
- 71% of men admit that they should exercise more.
- A whopping 96% of men admit to skipping a workout on more than one occasion when it conflicted with some other activity (i.e. watching a game).
- 69% of men consider themselves to be physically fit.
- 13% of men actually ARE physically fit.
- How many people buy exercise equipment only to later use it as a clothes hanger? Nearly half at 45%.
- How much money would the average 40+ male save each year in medical expenses with regular exercise? $949
- What part of your body is she checking out at the beach? 35% of women say Abs with Chest right behind at 30%
- 100% of active, healthy people are more active and healthier than their non-active, unhealthy friends.