Exercise / Fitness

Bust those Winter Blues with Exercise

Many people feel a little "down" in the winter, due to the shorter days and colder temperatures. But, there's a simple fix that can help: exercise! Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins—the feel-good chemicals that can improve your mood. A walking program is the perfect place to start, but any type of exercise you enjoy will boost your mood—the key is consistency.

If lack of consistency has foiled your fitness routine in the past, here are three tips for sticking with your blues-busting winter exercise plan can help.

New Small Group Training:
Core Blast/Weekend Warrior Bootcamp

Start your Saturdays off right with a great morning workout! Sign up for one or both classes.
  • Core Blast: Awaken your core muscles with our 30-minute Core Blast class. Strengthen your midsection with multiple exercises that will burn calories, make you sweat, and build a stronger you.
  • Weekend Warrior Bootcamp: Come join us for a military-style workout that will energize your day. Burn calories while working on multiple muscle groups.
Date: Ongoing, starting Jan. 4, 2020
Time: 9 - 9:30 a.m. (Core Blast), 9:30 - 10 a.m. (Weekend Warrior)
Location: Virtua Health and Wellness Center – Moorestown, 401 Young Ave., Moorestown, NJ
Cost: Drop-in for $15 per class; packages are $60 for 4 sessions, $110 for 8, and $165 for 12

Contact Darren Lewis at Dlewis@virtuafitness.org for more information. 

Les Mills BODYPUMP and CXWORX Launch

Join us to try new Les Mills BODYPUMP and CXWORX classes at either our Moorestown or Voorhees Fitness Centers. BODYPUMP is a group barbell class that helps you get lean, toned and strong, while CXWORX focuses on your core, which is vital to improving everything from everyday movements to your favorite sports and workouts. 

  • Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 - Moorestown
  • Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 - Voorhees
Times: Please call for class times and registrationLocations:
  • Virtua Health and Wellness Center – Moorestown, 401 Young Ave., Moorestown, NJ
  • Virtua William G. Rohrer Center for HealthFitness, 2309 Evesham Road, Voorhees, NJ
Cost: Free 

Yoga Health Series

It's a new decade! Time to put your resolutions into action. Join our Yoga Health Series and learn how different types of yoga can really take your health to the next level.

Dates: Eight consecutive Tuesdays, Jan. 21 - March 10, 2020
  • January 21 - Yoga for digestion
  • January 28 - Tai Massage Part 1: Thai Hermit Self Stretch “Reusi Dat Ton” 
  • February 4 - Tai Massage Part 2:  Tai Massage
  • February 11 - Yoga for Hip Opening
  • February 18 - Pranayama
  • February 25 - Yoga for Healthy Heart
  • March 3 - Yoga Nidra for sleep
  • March 10 - Yoga for Balance
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Virtua William G. Rohrer Center for HealthFitness, 2309 Evesham Road, Voorhees, NJ
Cost: $79 for members; $99 for non-members; $15 drop-in for a single class

Contact Kierstin Mitchell at Kmitchell@virtuafitness.org for more information.

The Exercise Effect and Prediabetes

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 -- If you've been told that your blood glucose is higher than normal and that you have prediabetes, your doctor is likely to first suggest lifestyle steps to stop it from progressing to diabetes.

The steps that can have the most benefit are losing weight and improving your diet, which obviously go hand in hand.

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Even a Little Exercise May Bring a Brain Boost

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6, 2019 -- Just 10 minutes of exercise a day appears to sharpen mental prowess, new research suggests.

"Getting off the couch and walking a block can help keep you on the right track," said study author Nicole Spartano, a research assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine.

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Ways to Make Exercise More Enjoyable

MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 -- Only about half of all American adults meet the national guidelines for aerobic activity and only about one-fifth meet the combined aerobic and strength-training goals. One reason is that some people just don't find it enjoyable, so they don't stick with it.

Changing your mindset can lead not only to increases in exercise time, but also feeling good about working out.

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