Thursday, December 15, 2016

Community Wellness Day 2017

Community Wellness Day is back! If you have health and fitness goals set for the new year, this is the event for you! The Cullman Wellness and Aquatic Center will be open FREE to the public on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 7am-5pm. Here is everything you need to know about the event!

Who can attend?
            YOU! Not a member of the Cullman Wellness and Aquatic Center? Not a problem, on Community Wellness Day admission is FREE to nonmembers! If you are a member, that doesn’t mean you won’t benefit from coming to this event. There will be a little bit of something for everyone!

What will be going on at Community Wellness Day?
            This won’t be just a regular Saturday at the gym! ALL memberships opened on this day will be $50 off when you sign-up. The Cullman Wellness and Aquatic Center will be open for workouts, fitness classes, swimming, basketball, and a health fair! The facility will offer it’s regularly scheduled fitness classes, plus a few more so that visitors can try a little bit of everything.
            The Polar Bear Plunge will also take place on this day at 11:00am. Those who wish to participate can sign-up for free to jump into the freezing cold outdoor pool for a chance to win a FREE one-year family membership to the facility.
            The health fair will feature businesses that specialize in nutritional supplements, healthy living, and leading an active life.

When will Community Wellness Day take place?
            Saturday, January 7, 2017, the facility will be open from 7am-5pm; the health fair will be from 7am-2pm. The Polar Bear Plunge will take place at 11:00am on the outdoor pool deck.

Where is the event?
            The Cullman Wellness and Aquatic Center
            1636 Field of Miracles Drive SW
            Cullman, Alabama 35055

Why should you attend Community Wellness Day?

            Why not?! At the beginning of a new year, many people love to set new goals to accomplish. This is the perfect time to make a lifestyle change and commit to something you may have never done before! Start out small and make gradual changes so that you are not overwhelmed. Small changes made over a large period of time can lead to even bigger personal success than anticipated!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Staying Fit During the Holiday Season

Tis the season for homemade sweets that only come around one time of the year. These tempting treats usually come with obligatory attendance to an event with family, friends, or coworkers. So, since you’re at a party and your favorite treat won’t stop staring at you it’s time to splurge, right? You can always work it off later, but the holiday season busiest time of the year. So, what if later doesn’t come until February?

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s there seems to be a giant conga line of delicious foods everywhere you turn. The key to enjoying your favorite holiday treats and staying fit is all about prioritizing. If you know the dates and times to parties and events, mark them in your calendar and plan daily exercise around these events. Here’s the deal, it is the holiday season so here are a few things to think about about while getting into the spirit of things.

First things first, don’t panic. Your food choices do not equal your value as a person. The holiday season is a challenge for anyone trying to eat all things healthy. Also, be realistic. Don’t deprive yourself! Treat yourself with your favorite cookies, cake, fudge, or whatever else it is that dances like sugarplums in your head. That being said, be realistic. Don’t go cold turkey and boycott holiday treats, that’s simply not reasonable (or sane). However, if you are easily tempted, plan ahead. Decide what isn’t worth the calories, and what you think is worth spending 20 extra minutes on the treadmill. Find that balance and you should be good to go!

            Now, let’s talk about the moment that your plan goes completely down the drain. You went full-on Buddy the Elf at the dessert table, and you are having regrets. Don’t shame yourself for eating an entire gingerbread house, the resulting sugar coma will be enough punishment. A buffet-style event can set you up for success, or complete failure. Assess your options as you make your way through the line to make your plate. It is pretty easy to spot the healthier items that are available, and it’s also very easy to fix yourself a 3,000 calorie plate before you even hit the dessert table. If you fill two-thirds of your plate with the healthier items available, then you should be good to go. If you feel like you deprived yourself on that first go-around, head back and get a small sampling of some not-so-healthy foods. Moderation is key to a happy holiday, and a well-balanced lifestyle.

The most important thing to remember is that a healthy and well-balanced lifestyles are not defined by one change, but many small everyday changes that lead to big results. Celebrate the small victories because no matter how great your willpower is the holidays are just overwhelming. Through the years you will experience health and wellness successes and setbacks, this is called learning (deep stuff, right?). Take a look back at past holiday seasons and try to remember what worked and what didn’t. What were your health and wellness goals then, compared to now? Let’s be real, struggles with food don’t just exist during the holiday season. Making small lifestyle changes throughout the entire year, can make you the health and wellness MVP of the holiday season.

Kayti Persall
Health & Wellness Coordinator
Cullman City Parks & Recreation