Get Fit For Life

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Fast facts of walking everyday

Fast facts of walking everyday: Walking is the most popular form of physical activity in the United States. According to the CDC, only 13% of children walk to school today, compared to 66% in 1970! 10,000 steps equals about 5 miles. An average city block is about 200 steps. The Duke University Medical Center found that […]

Parents are role models in family nutrition and physical activity

A recent study by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation reports that parents have more potential to influence their children’s behavior, including their eating habits, than anyone else. In fact, the study found that parents outrank sports celebrities as the person their child would like to be the most. As a parent, you can help […]

Free Fitness Week January 2-12, 2014

Happy New Year! Once again the Chicago Park District offers Free Fitness Week, January 2-12th! Kick off the new year in great shape by working out for FREE from January 2-12, 2014, at any of the Chicago Park District’s citywide fitness centers, select fitness classes or pools during lap swim. All activities are first come, first served based on availability. […]

Tips to stay healthy this holiday season

The holiday season is in full force! The last of the Halloween candy is gone, the Thanksgiving feast is eaten and everywhere you turn you see holiday pies, cookies and cupcakes! It’s a challenging time of the year to stay healthy and stick with your regular diet, so for this reason, we offer you tips […]

November is American Diabetes Month: Benefits of exercise for type 1 & type 2 diabetes

November is American Diabetes Month and the Chicago Park District’s Park Families Wellness Initiative wants to help you stay fit for life by including regular physical activity and healthy eating habits in your daily routine. The American College of Sports Medicine has developed the following exercise program for those diagnosed with diabetes. The Center for Disease […]

Stay active in your daily life!

Not enough time to make it to the gym every day? Consider all of the ways that you can stay active during your daily life: Take a family walk after dinner Get a pedometer and start tracking the number of steps you take each day, try to progress up to 10,000 steps or more per […]

Stay hydrated! All day & during workouts

Stay hydrated when you exercise! Water is the most essential component of the human body; more than half of your body is composed of water! It’s important to drink water before, during and after your exercise. Drink 3-8 fluid ounces of water every 15-20 minutes when you exercise for less than one hour Drink 3-8 […]

Stay fit while at work!

Do you spend most of your working day sitting in a chair at a desk? Does the rest of your day and evening include sitting in a chair while you eat dinner, watch TV, and go online to read shop or do your banking? Scientists are finding that sitting too much during the day can […]

Five tips for staying motivated: Add focus & fun to your exercise routine!

Set goals: Start simple and progress to long-term fitness goals. Be realistic about your goals and make them achievable. For example: a short-term goal might be to walk for 10 minutes a day, three days a week. Building upon this, you may work your way up to walking 30 minutes a day, five days a […]

Exercise & the common cold

The common cold is probably the most frequently occurring illness in humans worldwide. There are more than 200 different viruses that cause colds, and the average person catches two or three colds a year. Getting extra rest, drinking plenty of hot fluids and over-the-counter cold remedies is your best shot at treating most colds. Keeping […]