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Why Everyone Should Hire a Personal Trainer

11/5/2014 Send Feedback

If you are like most people, the title Personal Trainer may evoke a couple different feelings in your mind. “That sounds expensive” or “I can manage my fitness fine all by myself” are usually at the top of the list. Consider this for a moment:

·         Estimated up to 250,000 deaths per year in the U.S.—about 12 percent of total deaths—are due to lack of regular physical activity.

·          Of people age 55 and older, 38 percent report essentially sedentary lifestyles.

·          Only 22 percent of American adults get enough leisure time to exercise to achieve cardiovascular fitness.

(Stats from the American Heart Association AHA)


Even if you are not considered overweight, that doesn’t necessarily mean you are healthy or even physically fit. You have to actually DO something to achieve any level of fitness. To boil it down, there are actually two components to this: Proper nutrition, and physical activity. They go together like peanut butter and jelly, or if that’s not your thing, French fries and ketchup (not the healthiest choice)! Especially when your goal is to lose weight, you cannot expect to change only one or the other, you must modify both. Now don’t think this means surviving on a diet of celery and water. I’m talking balanced nutrition here; all food groups in controlled portions. It’s not as scary as it sounds. I specifically avoid using the word “diet”. I dislike the word simply because the commercial industry has ruined its meaning.

Most personal trainers have backgrounds in nutrition for the sheer fact that it is a huge part of fitness. A personal trainer can help you achieve your fitness goals in a speedy, convenient manner and will work around your busy schedule. Sometimes all you need is a little coaching, and a push in the right direction to set you on the right path to fitness. Getting started is always the hardest part. Remember trainers are there to help you. Don’t feel intimidated, they have been working on their own fitness level for a long time so that they may better understand and convey the effort needed to achieve a fit and healthy lifestyle. They want you to succeed, and they are on your team!

The City of Greeley offers Personal Training services at both the Greeley Recreation Center and the Family FunPlex:

Family FunPlex

Evon Schones     (303) 579-4308
Exercise Science, BS
Certified Personal Trainer
ACE Certified Nutrition Specialist (AASDN)

Lisa Hergenreter   (970) 616-9777
Certified Personal Trainer
American Sports Medicine & Fitness Assoc.
Crossfit Trainer Level 1
Aqua Aerobics Instructor (AFPAI)

Brandon Elbell    (970) 673-5288
Certified Personal Trainer
National Academy of Sports Medicine

Greeley Recreation Center

Abbey Klein    (719) 237-1622
International Fitness Assoc.
Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor
National Council for Certified Personal Trainers


Why Should Seniors Exercise?

9/24/2014 Send Feedback

1. It increases bone density and limits osteoporosis.


According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis affects more than 10 million men and women while an additional 34 million Americans have low bone mass, putting them at risk for developing osteoporosis. The disease makes your bones weak and brittle. Exercise increases bone strength. The best kinds of exercise to make bones stronger are weight-bearing exercises like walking, and resistance exercises such as lifting weights. But you don't need to become a competitive walker or body builder. Just living an active lifestyle will help your bones stay strong. (You also need vitamin D and calcium for good bone health.)


2. It helps you stay independent.


The point of being active is to maintain your ability to function. Studies show that people who exercise over their lifetimes can avoid being disabled at the end of their lives. Those who don't exercise, if they live long enough, are sure to experience disability.


3. It increases metabolism to help you control your weight.


Metabolism measures how your body handles and uses nutrients. Strength training increases muscle mass, which raises metabolism. One benefit is that your body uses more of the calories you take in because your resting metabolic rate increases. That leads to less body fat and makes it easier to control your weight. Just being a few pounds overweight puts you at high risk for many health problems.


4. It reduces your risk for falls.


There are 2 reasons for this. The first is that exercise lets you practice keeping your balance and reacting to things around you. The second is that exercise can help arrest a natural decline in muscle fitness. Exercise will keep your muscles fit.


5. It makes you more flexible.


Doing things that put your body through the full range of movement helps keep it flexible. These activities don't need to be structured; any kind of activity is going to produce results. Some examples include: walking instead of driving, or raking leaves instead of using a blower.


6. It's a reason to be sociable.


Exercise groups are a good way to meet people. Since 1 of the best strategies for increasing your activity is to do it in a group, exercise can lead to new friends. Check the Greeley Senior Activity Center, Greeley Recreation Center or Family FunPlex for special exercise groups for seniors. They even have specialty classes for mature adults called SilverSneakers® that you may qualify for – call 970.350.9400 for details or check it out online. You can also ask your friends to join you.


7. It improves your mood.


Exercise is good for your mind. Studies show it reduces depression. It can also lift your self-esteem. Being physically active can help you improve your sense of what you can do.


8, 9 and 10. It helps your entire body.


It improves the way your lungs work, helps prevent and control diabetes and is good for your heart. All of the body’s systems deteriorate with age, but much of that can be attributed to a lack of physical activity. Exercise can slow the breakdown. Being active will help you live well.



Find out more tips on staying active and keeping fit at the Senior Health & Job Fair at Island Grove Regional Park (501 N. 14th Ave) Friday, October 3 from 7-11am.


NEOS game

9/8/2014 Send Feedback

A few years ago, the Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department (CPRD) applied for a grant from the game manufacturing company Playworld Systems, to receive a state-of-the art interactive gaming system called NEOS. The City of Greeley planned to use NEOS for recreational purposes at the Family Funplex to encourage kids to be physically active in the fight against childhood obesity. The grant was indeed awarded to the City of Greeley CPRD for which a NEOS game system was then provided. The system is currently still located at the Family FunPlex and open for use. The NEOS game was featured on the Ellen DeGeneres show not long before the grant was awarded, and it is in fact a very pricey piece of equipment (worth around $50,000 at the time). The system is designed to help keep children (and adults) active by participating in a fun and physically-oriented game. NEOS’s purpose and reason for acquisition is to help curb childhood obesity. It’s simply another tool to get kids active by appealing to their senses, natural desire for competition and interest in gaming. NEOS is FREE and available at any time that the FunPlex is open.  You will find it outside by the mini golf course.

So…how do you play? The great thing about this game is you can play with 1-4 people, and it’s for almost all ages. The equipment itself consists of four lighted towers (seen in picture above). The lights are either green or red (or white sometimes). They are arranged vertically from near the ground to about 6 feet up. The idea is to touch the lights as they light up using your hands and/or feet. (Though I can attest that it works better if you touch them with your hands). So for example, in a game for two players, one person would hit only green lights to get points and the other person would hit only the red. The lights can appear in any position, on any tower at any time. So, as soon as a light is touched, it will go off and another one will go on in a different place (or maybe the same place!). The player that touches the most lights of their color before they disappear gets the most points and will win. The game can be as friendly or as competitive as desired. Some people get a little physical and try and block each other from reaching the lights. It’s all about strategy! This makes for a game where players are running back and forth between the towers, reaching high and low, left and right and ducking and dodging around their opponents. It’s one fun way to be active!

Head out to the FunPlex, and play some NEOS, you won’t be disappointed. Remember this game is completely FREE of charge! Just tell the front desk you’d like to play NEOS, and they will direct you to the game.  Get your games faces on, Greeley!

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