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This month’s blog is about more than one component of fitness. 

Published in Top Fitness Tips

Dive In to Better Health: 5 Healthy Reasons To Take Your Workout to the Pool

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Summer is here, and what better way to have some fun in the sun than staying active and fit in the pool?

The fact is, just two and half hours a week of aerobic physical activity can reduce the risk of chronic illness (according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention).

So, to stay healthy and have fun, people are increasingly enjoying the many benefits of water based aerobic exercise. Here are five healthy reasons why:

Reason #1: Less Impact on Joints and Muscles
We all know that exercise is good for our health and body. However, we tend to forget the toll that most exercises take on our muscles and joints.

For example, running, jogging, walking and squatting are all extremely useful ways to exercise, but they can put added pressure on our joints. The repetitive movements of these exercises and continuous strain on the knees and other joints can eventually lead to long term issues.

Water’s buoyancy displaces about 90% of our body weight, making us appear to be almost weightless. The result is a drastic reduction in impact on joints and muscles.

Reason #2: Increased Strength and Flexibility
Water has a built-in resistance factor that helps to strengthen muscles and increase flexibility.

When working out in the pool, the resistance of the water is twelve times greater than the resistance of the air. This increased resistance helps to tone and build muscle mass, resulting in stronger bodies.

In addition, water-based exercise is an excellent way to improve flexibility and increase range of motion.

The water helps to support our body weight, allowing us to hold a position and/or keep our balance for much longer than we could “on land.” The result is lengthened muscles and increased flexibility.

Reason #3: Calorie Burn
According to the Aquatic Exercise Association, water based aerobic exercise can burn anywhere from 400 to 500 calories per hour.

That means, even though our muscles and joints aren’t feeling the high intensity impact of other workouts, we are still enjoying the benefit of burning calories.

The low impact also allows our bodies to work out longer, which can lead to a higher calorie burn. Who doesn’t love that?

Reason #4: Improved Cardiovascular Fitness
Water aerobics, like many other types of exercise, is good for cardiovascular health. By combining aerobic exercises with the resistance training of the water, we can keep our hearts actively engaged, and can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Reason #5: Improved Mental Health
Want to feel better emotionally? Hop in the pool! Water based aerobic exercise releases endorphins and provides a calming factor that leads to an improved, happier mood.

One of the best things about water aerobics is that it’s suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Kids, older adults, or people with injuries can usually all enjoy water-based exercise and reap the health benefits.

At the NoHo Senior Arts Colony Apartments, we have recognized the many benefits of water aerobics, and our residents enjoy onsite water-based exercise classes taught by college-level professionals each week.

So what are you waiting for? Dive in, take a swim, and experience the water aerobic health benefits for yourself.

Apartments at NoHo Senior Arts Colony are now available for lease. The community is for adults age 62+ and features one-and two bedroom apartments. Art and social programs referenced above are available free of charge to our residents. The community also features on-site art openings, theatre previews and play readings by the professional Road Theatre Company. Whether you are an artist or simply take pleasure in the creativity of life, visit www.nohoseniorartscolony.com or call 855-399-5381. NOHO Senior Arts Colony is located at 10747 Magnolia Boulevard in North Hollywood, California.

**** For information on Los Angeles theatre, tickets to theatre in North Hollywood's NoHo Arts District, theatre reviews, the NoHo Event Calendar, restaurants, news and local businesses in NoHo, or anything and everything about the NoHo Arts Community, bookmark nohoartsdistrict.com.  

So how are you staying fit in 2014?

It’s a brand new, beautiful year, which means resolutions have been made for a better 2014. And if you’re like most of us, staying fit is likely #1 on your list.

Getting in shape (and staying that way) is one of the most popular resolutions to make. And, funny enough, it’s also one of the easiest to break. The fact is, there are so many exercise options that it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.

So - where to start?

At the NoHo Senior Arts Colony, an apartment community for adults age 62+ in North Hollywood, we’re taking our “stay fit” resolution to a whole new level with something we already love: the art of dance.

Dancing has so many benefits: it’s fun, it’s beautiful, and it’s a fantastic workout for both your body and mind.

“The art of dance really means something different to everyone,” says Maureen Kellen-Taylor, C.O.O. of EngAGE, the nonprofit organization that runs all the programming at the NoHo Senior Arts Colony Apartments. “It’s an individualized way to express your emotions and enjoy yourself.”

Dancing is also an excellent way to get your heart rate up, get rid of extra body fat, and build lean muscle and build strong bones.

“We have so many residents here who have just begun taking dance classes, and they find dance incredibly beneficial for their minds and bodies,” says Kellen-Taylor (who loves to dance herself).

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Choosing a dance class is an important first step. Many local community centers and dance studios offer a variety of classes to choose from.

To select the right one, our advice is to be gentle with yourself. If you haven’t danced since you were a kid, start off slowly by trying a beginner ballet or ballroom dance class.

“Sometimes people try to jump into a new dance class and expect that it will be easy from the start,” notes Kellen-Taylor. “The fact is, the art of dance is an exciting challenge, and it will take some perseverance in the beginning.”

We recommend trying a class at least three times before you hang up your dancing shoes. Once you get really comfortable with beginner classes, we bet you’ll be tempted to branch out and try a more complicated dance like Salsa, Tango or Jazz.

In these classes, you’ll not only stay fit physically, but you’ll also be sharpening your memory and coordination skills.

“Studies show that memorizing dance sequences is a great way to boost brain power,” notes Kellen-Taylor.

Plus, dance class is the perfect place to remain social and to meet people. If you’re shy, invite a friend to a class with you. We guarantee you’ll share many laughs and create great memories that will last for years to come.

So have fun with it, and get out and dance your way to fitness in 2014!

(And as always, be sure to consult your doctor before starting any exercise regimen.)

Apartments at NoHo Senior Arts Colony are now available for lease. The community is for adults age 62+ and features one-and two bedroom apartments. Art and social programs such as the dance classes referenced above are available free of charge to our residents. Whether you are an artist or simply take pleasure in the creativity of life, visit www.nohoseniorartscolony.com or call 855-391-4766.

**** For information on Los Angeles theatre, tickets to theatre in North Hollywood's NoHo Arts District, theatre reviews, the NoHo Event Calendar, restaurants, news and local businesses in NoHo, bookmark nohoartsdistrict.com.  

Michael Phelps-the all time winner of Olympic Gold Medals needs to eat 12,000 calories per day to keep himself in optimal competition form. But how much do you really need to eat each day to maintain or lose weight?

Do you ever go the gym and see people chomping on their gum while they are seemingly having a very good intense workout? (It's the bubble snapping that erks me the most!) Are those people on to something to enhance their workout, or is chewing gym while working out dangerous?

At One Fitness

North Hollywood's At One Fitness

A unique, full-service gym in North Hollywood with heavy bags, boxing ring and a wide variety of specialty classes with no membership required! Our goal is to bring health and fitness in a friendly and professional environment. All are welcome. We are happy to serve our North Hollywood community!

Specials at At One Fitness and Muay Thai School USA

At One Fitness is having Registered Dietitian, Kim Shapira  Sat 1:30pm June 25, 2011  to give a nutrition lecture and questions/answer session! Only $20 for non-members and $10 for members!

Body Fat Hydro Testing 7am – 3pm must call for appt time (818)980-6688 $49 or $35 for retest. And Sign Up Now for Dance Summer Intensive August 1-5th 12:30-3:30pm includes Ballet, Jazz,B’way and Hip-Hop.

Summer Special Muay Thai School USA

At one fitness

Call (818) 980-6688 for free intro class! This is a one on one session absolutely free to come and try the sport of Muay Thai! 10% off if joining for 6 month or 1 year membership.  New members only!

What makes a quality fitness center is its owners and trainers.

Robin Hart and Dej Sriampai, a husband and wife team that opened up this unique fitness gym offering top training in Martial Arts, Dance and Fitness.

Dej, an internationally recognized top ring official, is a former fighter from Thailand. He currently works with the State Athletic Commission in California and Nevada, WBC, WBC Muay Thai and the Sports Authority of Thailand. Dej is currently teaching both classes and privates in Pasadena, Studio City, and Van Nuys. He is looking forward to sharing his love of Martial Arts with the NOHO Artist District in North Hollywood.

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