Why Now is the Perfect Time to Try a Group Fitness Class

When embarking on your fitness journey, many find it tough to maintain motivation and stick to a plan. Doing it alone can make this process even more difficult and certainly not as fun. Everyone needs support; many have found it beneficial to have an accountability partner and friend to work out within the gym.

Have you thought about trying group fitness? If you haven’t, you might be missing out on some benefits that come along with exercising with a group.

The Newtown Athletic Club, a top wellness center in Bucks County, believes that the journey to fitness is one best shared with friends, which is why we offer a selection of fun and engaging group classes during every season. They’re designed to keep your heart pumping and help you meet others with common goals. With everything from cycling to yoga, Pilates to Zumba, Barre to HIIT training, each participant is immersing themselves in a fitness community.

While many love group fitness, many others prefer working out with expert personal trainers for assistance in planning their workouts and staying accountable. The NAC takes pride in hiring the most qualified career personal trainers in Bucks County, PA.

No matter what style of workout you prefer, now is the best time to start working towards a better you – and the Newtown Athletic Club team is here to help you on that journey – whatever it may be.

The NAC is embarking on their own journey – to better serve the community – with a complete renovation of the facilities and a 45,000 sq. Ft. addition. The NAC encourages you to embrace your best self this fall season and try a free class.

If you are interested in learning more about trying one of our group fitness classes, we encourage you to contact us today by calling 215-526-5906 or filling out a contact form on our website.

3 New Workouts to Try This Fall

As the weather begins to cool down and we get back into the swing of things, the fall season can be a good time to revisit your and your family’s health and wellness goals. Fall is a beautiful time of year to get active outdoors.

There are so many different types of workouts and ways of being active. Try adding something new to your fitness regimen this fall:

  • You might look past it as a great form of cardiovascular exercise. The fall is the perfect time of year to explore your area’s natural beauty – and naturally, you’ll find yourself on an incline, which is great for building muscle. You can also try looking up some hiking trails in your area and exploring nature around you! And when the weather gets too cool for that, you can continue your training at an indoor health and wellness center in Newtown, PA.
  • Just because summer is coming to an end doesn’t mean that swimming is off the table! Swimming laps is one of the best ways to burn calories – you can burn up to 500 calories in a single hour swimming freestyle. Visiting Newtown Athletic Club, the top wellness center in Bucks County, PA, is a great way to get started swimming – no matter the age, no matter the season. The NAC comprises an indoor pool that can be used year-round, as well as lifeguards and trainers on duty to keep you and your family safe.
  • This version of cardio endurance exercise has taken the world by storm. While most of us are guilty in thinking that Zumba is too much of a ‘dance’ class for someone who doesn’t ‘dance,’ this workout is destined to get your heart rate up while you’re having fun. Group exercise classes at the NAC connect you to the energy, enthusiasm and inspiration of the fitness community. It blends music, motivation and movement to create your ideal exercise experience.

When you revisit your family’s fitness and wellness goals this fall, consider the Newtown Athletic Club as a venue and resource to help you get there. Visit newtownathletic.com for more information, or call us at 215-968-0600.

 

How You Can Encourage Fitness as a Family Value

Now that it’s back to school time, it can be hard to make your family’s fitness a top priority, as other responsibilities begin to pile up. Encouraging fitness as a familial value is great for your individual health, but also a perfect way to bond together as a family. Looking to get your spouse and children to join in the fun with you? Take our tips for family-friendly fitness, from a premier wellness center in Newtown, PA, and enjoy a more active fall!

● Choose the right fitness center. If you’re looking to get your family members active, encourage them to join in by joining family-friendly fitness center in Bucks County, PA. While many fitness centers cater to a specific audience – ranging from professional bodybuilders to marathon runners to casual exercise enthusiasts looking to get back in shape – a family focused community is the way to go for your whole family. Before committing to joining a gym or local fitness center, give them a call and ask about their family membership options and kids programs.

● Get kids moving with a fun class. For children, exercise must come through having fun! Most kids are more receptive to fitness when it’s framed within the context of a fun contest or game, which makes youth fitness programs perfect for young movers. Newtown Athletic Club offers several kids fitness classes like taekwondo, gymnastics and dance at a variety of skill levels. The fall session of youth classes has just begun. Learn more about our commitment to youth fitness here!

● Talk about the importance of health with your children. While most adults value the health benefits of exercise, children might not be able to conceptualize the importance of exercise in preventing long-term health issues. Saying things like “When you run, your heart gets nice and strong!” and “Wow! Your muscles help you make amazing karate moves!” is a simple way to help children understand that exercise is important for their bodies, and to value fitness more as they age.

What do your children do to stay active? Your children are invited to try a free, youth fitness class: http://offer.newtownathletic.com/youth-programs-free-trial. For more information, call 215-968-0600.

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Our Directors First Week at Camp!

Our directors have had the best time at Camp NAC this week! With a variety of age groups and camps to choose from, our NAC management team has been the greatest help.

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Alex has been representing our Camp NAC brand this week. From answering phone calls to returning all of the emails, we could not have done it without him!

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Taylor had fun this week as part of our NACster camp. The teens loved her!

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Leslie did great with our 3-5 year old NACster campers. This parachute game looked like so much fun!

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Erica & Liz had a great time as our NACster camp counselors!

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Our Lil Gymnast’s loved having Kim with them, especially during swim time!

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Leigh had the most creative ideas for fun projects for our Crazy Crafts camp.

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Nikki was one of our NACster camp counselors. Our campers had so much fun with her this week!

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Megan was one of our Backyard Sports counselors. She had the best ideas for so many fun games.

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Nancy was one of our 3-5 year old NACster camp counselors. They had so much fun!

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Jim was our Backyard Sports camp counselor today. From soccer and football, to intense games of GaGA, we loved having Jim at camp today!
We still have one more week left of Camp NAC. We are adding two more of our directors to our Camp NAC staff for the week! Introducing…

Linda Mitchell, Director of Public Relations

Linda functions as the NAC representative to our community, in addition to handling all club communications as they relate to overall club operations, senior management, charitable giving, media relations and more! Linda began her job at the NAC in 1981 as the Group Exercise Director and after 15 years she became the Director of Marketing and Public Relations. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a BFA in Dance Education. She loves being apart of the NAC vision of “Making Lives Better” and we cannot wait to have her join us in our NACster camp next week!

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Kate Golden, Director of Fitness

Kate serves as the Director of Fitness here at the NAC. You can always find Kate working hard in the gym, connecting with members and being that friendly, smiling and welcoming face here at the NAC. Kate is excited to get the opportunity to work at Camp NAC in our NACster camp where she will bring her love of fitness into the camp day! We can’t wait to have you at camp Kate!

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We are excited for our last and final week of Camp NAC happening August 28th to September 1st!

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From Directors to Counselors!

The end of summer is not something to cringe about this year. While our counselors are away, our NAC directors get to play!

Instead of closing down camp while our current counselor staff goes back to school, our NAC employees were eager to help run the show.
With tons of experience and a variety of different backgrounds, our staff has what it takes to make sure your campers have the best last two weeks’ of summer vacation.

Introducing our Week 12 2017 Camp NAC Staff:

Taylor Antolino, Marketing Director

Taylor was a 4 year lettermen athlete, playing for the Virginia Tech Women’s Division 1 Soccer Team! She loves working with kids and will be working in our NACster camp. Taylor is currently our Marketing Director here at the NAC. She graduated from Virginia Tech back in 2014 with a Bachelors Degree in Communications with a focus in Public Relations & Marketing. We are so excited to have her aboard for camp!

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Justin Nusblatt, NAC Sports Training Center Director

Justin is super excited to work for CAMP NAC in our Backyard Sports camp because it will give him the opportunity to play different sports with the campers. He has always enjoyed being around kids and is thankful for the Camp NAC campers to give him the opportunity to be a kid again! Justin works as the director of the NSTC here at the NAC. He graduated from Fairfield University with a degree in Communications and Marketing. He played baseball in college and is an all around Philadelphia sports fan!

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Kristen Golden, Wellness Programs Director

Kristen is excited to work at camp where she will be working with our NACster camp full of fun games, sports, crafts, swimming and more!  Kristen works as the Wellness Programs Director here at the NAC. She graduated from West Chester University, with a degree in Kinesiolgy. At school, she was an avid softball player where she still plays recreationally! Kristen loves working with kids and we are so excited she will be joining us!

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Eve Krieger, Chief Financial Officer

 Eve works as the CFO for the NAC. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she majored in Retail Management. Eve enjoys being with her children while watching them play instruments and sing in both the band and choir. Eve will be working with our 3-5 year old’s in Camp NACster where she will use her expertise of playing games and being with children like she does with her new grandchild! We can’t wait for Eve to join us.

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Jon Mullin, IT Coordinator

Jon is our wonderful IT Coordinator here at the NAC. He knows all things computers and fixes any problem we might have! He is currently attending Bucks County Community College where he is majoring in Photography. Jon enjoys coaching in the Billiards League as a current team captain. He enjoys watching sports, especially taking pictures of various sports events. He loves nature and all things wildlife and is excited to work alongside our Camp NAC team as a NACSter counselor!

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Nancy Goracy, Administrative Director

Nancy will be working as part of our 3-5 year old NACster variety camp where she has a ton of experience working with children along with being a positive influence in their lives from growing up in a huge household! She enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling and cooking. Nancy works at the NAC as our Administrative Director. She graduated school with a major in Business. She has been an athlete her entire life ranging from Cheerleading to Gymnastics and Tennis!  We are eager to get the camp week started!

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Leigh Ferello, Creative Director

Leigh works as our talented Creative Director here at the NAC. She is excited to teach our Crazy Crafts camp next week because she believes in the power of a child’s imagination where everyone has a special talent. She graduated with Bachelors in Art from the Art Institute where she enjoys art and music! Growing up in an artistic family, art and design were encouraged from a very young age where her father worked in art restoration and her mother was a self taught illustrator and painter. With tons of experience as a freelance designer in industries ranging from retail to pharmaceutical, she is able to bring her design knowledge to work each day. She has three children, two cats and a hamster where she combines her love of children and animals to make for a busy house hold. Crazy Crafts will be a lot of fun with Leigh!

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Nicole Beck, Marketing Manager

Nicole works as our Marketing Manager here at the NAC where she graduated from Temple University with a degree in Public Relations. She absolutely loves public speaking, which will come in handy when working with all of our little campers! Nicole loves traveling, going on hikes, camping and working out with friends. She absolutely loves sports and working together on a team. She has a ton of experience with this where she has played lacrosse, field hockey, water polo and volleyball! Growing up, she was the oldest of five and has always felt like she has gotten along and worked well with other children. She enjoys crafts and staying active outdoors, which will come in handy next week at camp. She is super excited to work at camp to help all of the campers end summer feeling refreshed and ready for a new school year.

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Lindsay Dowrick, Video Specialist 

Lindsay works at the NAC as our talented video specialist!  Lindsay is working camp as our Gymnastics and Tumbling counselor to train gymnasts on their skills and conditioning to get them where they want to be for coordination, balance and flexibility. She recently graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and Production. Lindsay has been a competitive cheerleader for over 13 years and competed at the Cheerleading World Championships 6 years in a row. She has shared her life on YouTube with cheer videos where she has built a fan base of over 50,000 cheerleaders worldwide. Lindsay is excited to work at camp to get out of the typical office routine and get working with all of our little gymnasts.

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Liz Wedekind, Youth Marketing Coordinator

Liz graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2017 with a degree in Business Marketing. She has been a cross country and track runner her entire life and was a four time National Qualifier in Cross Country at Elizabethtown College. She absolutely loves working at the NAC where she gets the chance to combine her passion of working with children and her creative knowledge to market for our club as our Youth Marketing Coordinator. She has been busy all summer marketing for Camp NAC and our Youth Programs.  She is so excited to finally be able to work with the kids these last two weeks in our NACster camp!

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 Erica Petrone, Fitness/Wellness Marketing Manager

Erica is currently our fitness and marketing manager here at the NAC. She graduated from Penn State back in 2016 majoring in Marketing with a minor in Pyschology. She has been an athlete her entire life playing soccer for YMS, Villa Joseph Marie and PSU Club Soccer. She currently coaches for Villa’s varsity soccer team and absolutely loves it! She stays healthy by playing sports, lifting and doing cardio workouts. Erica is super excited to work at Camp NAC in our NACster variety camp! She knows it will be a great opportunity to both teach and learn from our campers about working together as a team. We can’t wait to have you at camp Erica!

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Brittany Garvey, Fitness Manager

Brittany is our fabulous fitness manager here at the NAC. She graduated from the University of South Florida back in 2014 where she played softball and majored in Health and Exercise Science. Brittany coached college softball at Hofstra University and continues to train at the travel level. She truly believes fitness is ultimately the key to living a healthy, wholesome and well balanced lifestyle. She likes to workout everyday during the week doing both Cross-fit and Zumba. Brittany will be working as a counselor in our Backyard Sports camp and we are so excited!

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Kim Levins, Urban Allure Salon & Spa Director

Kim is currently our Urban Allure Salon and Spa Director here at the NAC. She graduated from Holy Family University with a degree in Business Management and Marketing. Health and wellness is extremely important to her and absolutely loves working out, traveling to beautiful places and spending much needed relaxation time with her dogs! Kim loves getting the opportunity to work with kids and is very happy to be working at Camp NAC next week!

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Alex Davies, Director of Parties and Events

Alex is currently our party and events director here at the NAC. He has worked for Camp NAC in previous years and is so excited to get the chance to come back again! He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Secondary Education English, grades 7-12 and has a ton of experience working with children on a daily basis. In his free time, he really enjoys sitting down with a good book and will bring his educational background and implement it to our campers in the coming weeks! Alex loves spending time at Camp NAC and we cannot wait to have him back!

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Megan Wells, Member Experience

Megan currently works at the NAC as part of our member experience. She strives to make sure each member is well taken care of, represents the NAC brand in a positive way and ensures their NAC experience is one of the best. Working with kids and teaching is her passion, where she recently just got a new job as a 3rd grade teacher! We couldn’t be happier for Megan and cannot wait for her to join us at Camp NAC.

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Melissa Christie, Director of Member Experience & Integration

Melissa currently works at the NAC has the Director of Member Experience and Integration. Melissa loves working at the NAC because she knows she has the opportunity to change and brighten someone’s day, each and every day. Originally joining the NAC as a member, she discovered how the NAC was way more than just a fitness club, it was a lifestyle. She enjoys working with others and loves getting the chance to work with kids. We are excited to have Melissa with our 3-5 year old group in Mid Day Care!

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Jack Worthington, Maintenance

Jack is one of our valuable maintence workers here at the NAC. Growing up, Jack played all types of sports! He is an avid sports fan and will be a great counselor for our NACster campers. Our campers are very excited to have Jack join us for camp!

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Amanda Brown, Camp Director

Amanda is our fabulous camp director here at Camp NAC. Having over 11 years of experience working at the NAC both as the Youth Programs Director and Camp Director, she knows exactly what it takes to make the camp weeks run smoothly. With a degree in Education, she has ensured each camp includes an educational component into each and every camp day. Amanda is excited to get out from behind the scenes and be a counselor for the next two weeks!

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Ryan Kitchenman, Front Desk Manager

Ryan is our friendly face at the front desk here at the NAC! He is always the first to greet our members and the last when they leave. He always has such a positive, welcoming attitude, which is super important to our members. Ryan has played sports his entire life. In high school, he was captain of the varsity football team, MVP for a basketball tournament and honor roll student. He knows the value of a good education along with following his passion for sports. He loves working with children and is excited to see what Camp NAC offers. We are super excited to have you with our NACster camp Ryan!

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Families Are Keeping Cool at Escape Resort This Summer

With summer heating up, how is your family keeping cool? Summer is in full swing here at the Newtown Athletic Club, especially with our Bucks County summer camps. Campers are loving the Escape Resort & Outdoor Pool Complex and so are the adults.

The restaurant and bar offers many different options to help our members feel refreshed and relaxed. With a new menu that our members are raving about combined with poolside service, you’re destined to have a relaxing day with us at Escape!

Our outdoor pool complex has two 25-foot water slides, a lazy river, zero-entry pool, and a splash pad for kids. The Resort focuses on providing something that each member of the family will love. Our goal is to help create a fun place for the whole family, that’s why we’ve added exciting new events and amenities this summer, including:

AfterGlow happens every Thursday night at the Escape Resort Restaurant and Bar with a special late night happy hour from 10-11 PM. This event is free for members and has a $5 cover for non-member guests.

Friday Night LIVE is now through September 15! On Fridays, join us for the Friday Night Live, where the most popular local bands and performers come to Escape to provide live, outdoor music and entertainment. This month, we have Howl At The Moon’s Dueling Pianos and Fish Out of Water coming to the NAC! This is always a free event for members; non-members are subject to a cover charge each week.

Cabana Rentals provide a more private area to relax in our adult pool area. Cabanas are and ideal space for large or small groups. Cabanas are available for rent.

Birthday Parties are a summer favorite here! We want you to celebrate your birthday with us. You don’t have to be a member to have a party – the complex play field, outdoor pool, and the adult bar are all open to your families guests during your get-together!

The Newtown Athletic Club is the perfect place for families to cool down this summer, and is also a great option for anyone looking for a massage spa in Langhorne, PA or looking for the best wellness center in Langhorne, PA! If you are interested in learning more about our pool and its features, call us at 215-526-5906 or visit http://newtownathletic.com/.

Join One of Newtown Athletic Club’s Personal Training Sessions This Summer

It is almost time to head down to the beach or over to your local pool. Summer is quickly approaching, which means it is time to get your body looking and feeling great. Here, at the Newtown Athletic Club, we have carefully selected our personal trainers based on their outstanding credentials and commitment to training, as well as fitness.

The other important part of our personal training programs is helping our customers find the right person to help them reach their individual goals. Each trainer personalizes their approach for each individual, and this helps them to find the results that they are seeking.

With the time to get in shape for summer quickly running out, there are many different classes that the NAC offers. There is also our wellness center in Newtown, PA to help you relax during the busy season. We are confident that we have the program that will fit you and your schedule. Our options include:

Team Training – Team training is a great option for those who like to workout with others. These sessions are typically are made up of four to six participants to help maximize individual attention from your personal trainer.

The group sessions last 50 minutes and are one of the most affordably priced options – ranging from $20-to-$25 per session depending upon commitment time. Working out with others allows you to gain energy and motivation from other members that are sharing the same goals.

Senior Strong – Active adults living in the Newtown, Langhorne, Richboro, Washington Crossing and Yardley areas love this training program. Senior Strong is also a group session, with four to six participants for those enrolled in our Senior membership. Those in the program have seen success in a faster walking pace, improved balance and stronger muscles.

It is our goal to make sure that our members are given the tools they need to live healthier lifestyles. Whether you’re searching for massage therapy in Richboro, PA or personal training advice to supplement your workout, give us a call at  215-490-9275 or visit http://www.newtownathletic.com.

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6 Tips on Leaning Out for Summer

Now that the heat of summer is just around the corner, it’s time to step up your game so you’re ready for beach season! To help you look and feel your best while hanging out with friends and soaking up the sun, here are six tips to help you lean out for summer:

1. Drink more water. Everyone knows that good ole H2O helps you stay hydrated during vigorous workouts. However, it also tricks your mind into thinking you’re already “full.” A higher consumption of water and less of a consumption of food, means you’ll burn more fat throughout the day and especially while working out.

2. Increase intensity. By turning your workouts up a few notches, you’ll get a better sweat going and begin melting away fat quickly. You should start off performing 3 sets of about 12 reps or higher for each exercise, and rest for no less than 30 second.

You can also try to keep your body moving during every workout by doing “supersets,” which means you’ll perform sets of two different exercises, one after the other. And don’t worry, you’ll be able to recover from strenuous training sessions with massage therapy near Richboro, PA, at Urban Allure Salon & Spa, located inside the NAC.

3. Watch your diet. Eat less carbs and more protein. Do away with eating things like bread, potatoes and sweets, and include more vegetables, whole fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds into your diet. While preparing your meals, make sure you get most of your protein from those meats that are healthier for you, like turkey, fish or chicken.

4. More cardio. Regardless of whether it’s on the treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike or outside in the park, stepping up your cardio game will certainly help you lean out and get more toned. Don’t do too much cardio, though, or else you’ll start burning muscle in addition to fat. Start or end your workout with at least 10-15 minutes of cardio a few times a week.

5. Make smart decisions. During this time of the year, everyone’s looking for a great excuse to hang out outside and have a good time. If you really want to lean out, however, you have be more aware of how straying even the slightest bit away from your diet will impact your overall progress. For example, choose a low-calorie light beer over a heavy IPA or sugary mixed drink while hanging out with friends.

6. Try to get some exercise in every day. This isn’t to say that you should hit the gym every single day; in fact, you should make sure you give yourself at least one rest day throughout the week so your muscles recover properly. Still, it’s important that you find some way to incorporate at least a little bit of physical activity into your day. If you work in an office, for example, take a little walk during lunch or start using a standing desk. It’s always the little changes that end up making the biggest difference!

Come check out the NAC this spring! Along with over 200 group fitness classes, immaculate facilities, state-of-the-art equipment and an experienced staff of certified personal trainers, we also have a massage spa near Langhorne, PA and every other town in Bucks County! To learn more, visit our website or call 215-968-0600 to speak with a member of our staff today.

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4 Reasons Why Spring is a Perfect of the Year to Start Exercising

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How much have you been exercising lately? Have the past few months of winter been a mental and physical drag? Maintain a healthier lifestyle throughout the months ahead by using the warm weather to your advantage! Here are four reasons why spring is a perfect time of the year to start exercising:

Get ready for summer. With so many outdoor activities and events planned for the warmer months, this time of year is when most people find motivation to start living a healthier, more physically active lifestyle. As the temperature gradually rises during the spring, it becomes easier to increase your heart rate and break a sweat. As long as you stay focused on your goals and keep working hard, you’ll feel your self-confidence soar – it’s all about how you feel!

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Warmer weather. Although you might exercise at a gym during the spring, you’ll still be able to enjoy what comes along with warmer temperatures. Unlike when you’re working out in the winter, your muscles are naturally loose and limber during the warmer months, which reduces the amount of time required to warm up. Plus, muscles tend to feel more achy, sore and stiff during the winter, making it harder to get to the gym in the first place. The Vitamin D from sunlight will give you more energy, improve your focus and concentration, and enhance your mood, so you can enjoy more productive workouts.

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Second chance. Spring is the perfect time to give that New Year’s resolution a second shot – or revamp! It’s not easy trying to turn around your physical health during the winter. However, now that the birds are chirping, the sun is shining and it’s getting a little greener out there, the winter blues—which seem to affect all of us to a certain degree—begin to fade away. This is a season of transformation; so start anew by joining a health and wellness center near Langhorne, PA this spring!

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Six months of warm weather. Unlike other states including Florida, California and Arizona, for example—where people enjoy high temperatures all year long—those living in Pennsylvania must take advantage of the warmer months as soon as they arrive. After almost six months of cold, gloomy weather, it’s time to hit the ground running by improving the way you look and feel! By exercising on a regular basis, you’ll have the energy and confidence you need to take full advantage of all those exciting days spent under the sun!

Rejuvenate your mind and body this spring by making exercise a top priority!

No matter what you might be looking for in your health and wellness center—weather it’s state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, aquatic classes, personal training, youth activities, performance training, yoga, group classes or a massage spa near Langhorne, PA, the NAC has it all! Visit our website to activate a 3-Day Trial today!