Daytonians 2016 has taken off and it is time to recommit to doing things that are good for you! Instead of setting the same old resolutions, why not challenge yourself to try some new activities? There are two great events coming up that will get you moving and out of your normal physical activity routine. After all, variety is the spice of life and it is essential to challenge your body with new forms of exercise to continue to gain personal results. Extra extra bonus: these events are free of charge!
Five Seasons Family Sports Club is providing a free event to the public to learn and enjoy the game of tennis on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The program will provide adults the opportunity to learn basic tennis skills while trying out some of the newest Wilson tennis rackets. The clinic will be provided by USPTR (United States Professional Tennis Registry) and USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) certified pros and includes basic instruction, drills, and challenges. Prizes will be awarded to the participants.
There will also be a free kids USTA (United States Tennis Association) Playday that provides children the opportunity to learn the game of tennis in a fun, game oriented environment where the primary goal is having a great time. Instruction will be provided by certified 10 and under pros. Five Seasons Family Sports Club is one of the only five USTA Accredited 10 and under programs in the Midwest USTA Division. Tennis is a wonderful activity to take up or to get back into if it has been a while since you played it. Tennis helps develop leg strength, agility, speed, stamina, bone strength and density, fine and gross motor control, aerobic and anaerobic fitness, eye/hand coordination, and dynamic balance. This event is a great way to learn a new skill from qualified professionals!
Walk, don’t run! Planning ahead for another free opportunity to exercise, check out the Tuesday Adult Nature Walks at Englewood Metro Park. This Tuesday, January 12, 2016 come out and explore nature with Metro Park Volunteers and other curious adults from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m, (ages 18 and up for this event). This is a weekly adventure, and a fabulous way to connect with new friends while doing something active and good for your body! A variety of habitats will be explored while exercising, learning, and sharing. The numerous benefits of walking include improved circulation, weight bearing activity (good for your bones), muscle strength, mood elevation, aerobic activity, improved sleep, improved respiratory capacity, enhanced immune function, and stress relief. Also a walk in nature may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of one’s brain in ways that improve mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature.
This is definitely something that you want to do for your body, mind, and soul!
Try something different this year Daytonians! Two fantastic opportunities to experience new activities and learn something at the same time. Tennis is a great way to move your body and develop coordination, and it is appropriate for everyone, no matter age or skill level. Even if you have a daily walking regimen, mix it up, go for a nice hike in nature, and ‘rewire’ your brain so to speak. The benefits of all physical activity far outweigh the drawbacks. Let’s get out and get moving Dayton!