Get in shape and have fun this summer at ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club with one of our new 5 Week Fitness Programs! Programs are just $99 for non-members and include small group training as well as five weeks of unlimited club access. Upcoming programs include:
5 Weeks to Becoming a Warrior –Are you training for the Warrior Dash or a similar obstacle race? This program will prepare you to take on anything! This program takes place Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., July 2 – August 5.
5 Weeks Adult Swim Program – Gain confidence in the water with a certified swim instructor! This program takes place Thursdays at 7 p.m., July 10 – August 7.
5 Weeks to a Healthy Lifestyle – Learn to create a healthy lifestyle through the combination of nutrition and exercise. Discover the ins and outs of healthy eating, how to navigate through the grocery store, common nutrition myths, and more with registered dietitians. Then meet with a certified personal trainer for a calorie burning, total body toning workout! This program takes place Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., July 24 – August 21.
To register or learn more about these programs, please call 419-539-0235
You know that regular exercise is key to maintaining a healthy heart, but are you truly committed to the recommended 30 minutes a day, five days a week regimen? While the standard running or weight training routine may be the ideal workout for some, others dread these types of exercises and avoid them altogether. The certified personal trainers at ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club share insight for out-of-the-box ideas to stay active.
1. Divide your exercise up throughout the day. If getting up at 6 a.m. to run that 5K seems daunting, try splitting your runs over shorter intervals. Run or walk for 10 minutes in the morning, during your lunch break, and in the evening. Club trainers also recommend exercising in small bursts by doing squats or push-ups while on the phone, brushing your teeth or waiting for your food to cook. Parking further away from the store while running errands and always choosing to take the stairs are also great ways to get a little extra activity into your daily life.
2. Go hiking with a backpack. Find a nearby nature trail and spend an afternoon walking through nature. Add weight to your backpack by filling it with healthy snacks, bottles of water or even a heavy book to read during a mid-hike break. If you don’t have a nature trail nearby, you can still load up your backpack with textbooks or small hand weights to add intensity and strength training to your normal walking routine.
3. Track how far you walk. Graham Miller, a personal trainer and group exercise instructor, suggests looking up the distance from your house to a place you’ve always wanted to go, such as New York, Miami or Los Angeles. Every time you go for a walk, run or bike ride, record your distance. Set a goal and try to get to your destination in a set amount of time. He also suggests using smartphone apps, such as Map My Run or My Fitness Pal, that give the user a strong visual aspect during their workout.
4. Cleaning the house. Although it may sound boring, seeing how much you can clean in a 5-to-10 minute burst or for the duration of one of your favorite songs, can really work up a sweat while leaving your house sparkling clean.
5. Play like a kid again. Personal trainer Justin Rea says that adults can even use playground equipment for a workout. “I like to find parks or jungle gyms and do pull-ups or ladder exercises on a hopscotch board,” he says. Or, round up your kids and friends to play an exciting game of tag, capture the flag or ultimate frisbee. Jumping on a trampoline or playing with a jumprope are other youthful ways to get your heart rate up.
6. Hula hooping. Believe it or not, Hula hooping is a great exercise that tones your abs, back, arms, and legs. You can start off with a cheap plastic hoop, or you can upgrade to a weighted one for exercise once you gain some strength. Just trying to keep the hoop off the ground for 10 to 20 minutes can be quite the workout. There are also plenty of instructional videos available online to help you get creative.
7. Get together with a group. Personal trainer Stephanie Egan says that working out with friends can be beneficial. “I like to get creative and do new challenges with friends because working out with other people motivates me,” she says. For example, the Toledo Sport and Social Club recruits recreational teams for a variety of sports, such as softball, volleyball, basketball, and kickball. If organized sports don’t appeal to you, a walking or running club may be of interest. Dance classes such as salsa or zumba are other great ways to incorporate social activity into your cardio.
8. Video games. While most people associate video games with being lazy and eating junk food, many of them can help you get in shape. Wii Sports, Wii Fit and Dance Dance Revolution are just a few video games designed for fitness. You can even transform a regular video game into a workout by standing up while playing, or seeing how many push-ups, crunches and jumping jacks you can do while it’s loading.
9. Play a game in the pool. When swimming laps is not appealing, there are other ways to use the water for a more entertaining workout. Water adds resistance to all of your movements. Playing games such as Marco Polo, sharks and minnows, water volleyball, or creative relay races can leave you exhausted. ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club also offers water aerobics or aqua zumba for a twist on popular classes. Because swimming is very low impact, exercising in the water is a great way to get your heart rate up while protecting your joints and muscles.
Article courtesy of ProMedica HealthConnect.
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To help you get the most out of your time at Wildwood Athletic Club, we’ve created an Ask the Expert Table. This designated space is the “go to” place if you have specific questions about equipment or exercises. You can also get tips from our certified trainers on how to improve your workout and get faster results.
The Ask the Expert Table is also where you can sign up for complimentary fitness consultations and workshops. During the month of July, we’ll be offering two free events:
- Summer Shape Up –A 10-minute workout that focuses on specific area of the body (i.e. the core, arms, legs, back, etc.). Workouts are led by personal trainers Frank Nagel and Justin Rea at various times on Mon., July 14.
- Total Body Event Clinic – A 30-minute workshop led by personal trainer Wendy Bahmer, covering low intensity interval exercises. Takes place Mon., July 14 from 5:30 – 6 p.m.
To sign up for these events or talk to one of our certified personal trainers, visit our Ask the Expert Table located outside the member advocates office.
ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club is dedicated to providing the best possible fitness experience for our members and guests. In order to meet the growing needs and expectations of our clients — present and future — we’ve recently launched a vibrant, new website: www.WildwoodAthleticClub.com. The site aims to provide visitors with content that is relevant to their health and wellness goals. Here, you’ll find:
- The latest information on our fitness and wellness programs.
- Bios, photos and video content featuring our experienced staff.
- Information about our state-of-the-art equipment.
- All the perks and benefits of being a Wildwood Athletic Club member.
Additionally, you can find a personal trainer, take a virtual tour, calculate your BMI, and learn about our latest 5 Week Programs and special offers. Visit www.WildwoodAthleticClub.com today to see everything Wildwood Athletic Club has to offer.
ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club has partnered with the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio to offer a series of workshops to teach girl scouts the importance of physical activity and help them earn their fitness badges.
Led by a certified personal trainer, these fun, interactive workshop have been designed to meet the requirements Girl Scouts need to complete the following badges and awards:
- Coaching Badge
- Cross Training Badge
- Fair Play Badge
- Good Sportsmanship Badge
- Practice with a Purpose Badge
- Safety Awards
- Staying Fit Badge
Each session is $199 per group (a maximum of 10 girls per group). To register or learn more, contact ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club’s fitness manager, Kerry Weipert at 419-578-7070.