GYM HOURS BY LOCATION:
Charlottesville: Monday - Thursday 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Crozet: Monday - Thursday 7:00AM - 8:00PM
Friday 7:00AM - 6:00PM
Elizabeth Poole, MSPT
Rehab Pilates Instructor
Among her many talents, Elizabeth Poole is mat trained in pilates by APPI. Rehab Pilates is a method developed by Physical Therapist using the original 34 Pilates movements. The movements are adapted to decrease the pressure on the discs in the low back and to focus on muscle imbalances that can created by pain in this area. The adaptations allow people from all walks of life to participate regardless of age, fitness level or past injury. Elizabeth also has a PT practice at PT Plus in Crozet. A resident of Crozet, she lives with her husband and two sons and enjoys running, gardening, and spending time outdoors.
My therapy with Kristen earlier this year was very
successful. Kristen has a special quality that comes
through so easily and sincerely, that you want to do
whatever is recommended, and do it at home, too.
When I completed and was coming back as a gym member, Kristen was always solicitous and friendly, even listening
to my need that day! – Carol Little
Why Should I Exercise?
It's the Healthiest Thing You Can Do
Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? Look no further than exercise. EXERCISE IS MEDICINE. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical ability. Like most people, you've probably heard that physical activity and exercise are good for you. In fact, being physically active on a regular basis is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. Studies have shown that exercise provides many health benefits for people of all ages. Even moderate exercise and physical activity can improve your health and produce long-term health benefits. Need convincing? Look at the many ways exercise help you!
1. Exercise Controls weight
Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don't need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can't do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores.
2. Give Yourself an Energy Boost!
Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.
3. Manage Your Stress & Improve Your Mood
Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem. Regular, moderate physical activity can help manage stress and improve your mood. And, being active on a regular basis may help reduce feelings of depression. Studies also suggest that exercise can improve or maintain some aspects of cognitive function, such as your ability to shift quickly between tasks, plan an activity, and ignore irrelevant information.
4. Exercise Promotes Better Sleep
Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don't exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.
5. The Importance of Exercise for Seniors
Regular physical activity and exercise are important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, including older adults. Being physically active can also help you stay strong and fit enough to keep doing the things you like to do as you get older. Making exercise and physical activity a regular part of your life can improve your health and help you maintain your independence as you age.
6. Prevent or Delay Disease with Exercise
Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good," cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls. Scientists have found that staying physically active and exercising regularly can help prevent or delay many diseases and disabilities. In some cases, exercise is an effective treatment for many chronic conditions. For example, studies show that people with arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes benefit from regular exercise. Exercise also helps people with high blood pressure, balance problems, or difficulty walking.
Exercise vs. Physical Activity
Some people may wonder what the difference is between physical activity and exercise. Physical activities are activities that get your body moving such as gardening, walking the dog and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Exercise is a form of physical activity that is specifically planned, structured, and repetitive such as weight training, tai chi, or an aerobics class. Including both in your life will provide you with health benefits that can help you feel better and enjoy life more as you age.
Exercise classes are now included in Fitness Memberships (annual contracts). Those who wish to only attend exercise classes may purchase packages. Fitness Memberships are not required for class participation.
Cost per class without membership: $12.00
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