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Staying fit and taking care of your body is no easy task, but with a little motivation and lot of variety, it can at least be fun. Reston Town Center  has so many creative fitness events that the hard part is choosing which ones you want to do.

Variety in exercise regimes (aka cross training) is very important to a well-balanced muscular system and broadens your physical abilities, says Barbara Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, associate professor, Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Southwest Missouri State University in an About.com Women’s Health article.  Different workouts also provide a variety of “good” stress on the body, like aerobic, anaerobic, isometric, strength or resistance training.

For example, a cyclist may want to switch it up with a yoga class or swimming to challenge their cardiovascular system and increase flexibility to improve their stamina and prevent injuries.

Switching up your routine also prevents boredom, which can ruin your motivation and create a plateau of physical performance according to the American Council on Exercise. So don’t get stuck in your routine; grab some friends and head to Reston Town Center for events like these:

Lov
e Your Body, on June 10, 2012, cultivated and celebrated yoga and holistic wellness. 40 yoga studios, wellness centers and vendors shared  ways to Love Your Body with free classes for the whole family, massages, henna and alternative healing therapies demonstrations such as Reiki, chiropractic, massage, and yoga therapy.Down Dog on Love Your Body Day in the Pavilion

Athleta hosts events in the Pavilion to celebrate the strength of the female form. The Power of She, was a 3 day event, June 19-21, 2012, filled with activities featuring local gyms, trainers, clubs, professional athletes, health and beauty consultants and local restaurants and eateries with classes like Hoopnotica, Belly Dancing, Turbo Kick and Hip Hop to stay active and fit. Throughout the month of July join Athleta for a myriad of fitness activities, including Yoga Fridays, July 13 & 26, at 8am; and 9:30am Sunday Meet-up groups for running (July 8), walking (July 22), and cycling (July 29)!

Potomac River Running  also hosts Fun Runs, a weekly running group on Thursday nights at 6:30 that traverses through the W&OD trail for beginners and competitors to have a social work out. It’s perfect for groups of friends or family who want something to participate in together.

RTC Grand Prix RaceFor you cyclists, Reston Grand Prix was last weekend, but is hosted at Reston Town Center every year in June. If you want to test your speed and reflexes, sign up for the Grand Prix presented by The Bike Lane  for the 1.25K 8-turn course through the heart of Reston Town Center.
 

Feeling fit yet? Coming up tomorrow, July 4, is the Firecracker 5k hosted by Potomac River Running. This event is a great way to celebrate our nation’s birthday with the whole family. There’s T-shirts, little kids fun run after the race, a post race breakfast, free massages, live music, race photos and cash prizes. Registration is still open, so sign up now for a discount.

So whatever your sport is, branch out, challenge yourself and try something new – and bring your friends and family with you!

A rainbow of yoga mats created the terrain of the Reston Town Center pavilion on June 12, as 3,000 attendees managed to raise $1,500 for Reston Interfaith at the third annual Love Your Body Yoga and Wellness Day!

Free yoga classes of all varieties took place, managing to cater to all levels of age and expertise throughout the event. While some sessions focused on intellect and the creation of inner-peace and overall tranquility, others required a more advanced physical state and flexibility—one seminar even involved handstands! The local yoga studios responsible for leading the classes set up booths on the perimeter of the pavilion, providing information about their practices—many offering passes for free classes!

Patrons of healthy lifestyles contributed to the relaxed vibe of the event, offering an array of samples of organic products and spa services. Massages were a hit, relaxing partakers enough to put the “zzz” sound in zen! Reston Whole Foods Market, SweetGreen, Honest Tea, and several others set up an assortment of healthy eats and beverages, encouraging attendees to join them in consuming foods that would be sure to summon applauds from their bods.

Organic culture was also applied to clothing and products, such as nail polish, make-up, hair care, and other personal products. Henna was a sensation, drawing many over to get inked with anything from indie designs to Chinese characters.

Attendees were able to walk away from Love Your Body with ample resources to help bring peace and health to their body and soul!

Check out more photos of this event:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/restontowncenter/sets/72157626954531426/

Ohmmm… Ohmmm… Trying to center your chi and gain a greater connection to your third eye and inner realm of higher consciousness? Or, maybe you just want to get that yoga body in shipshape for summer. Whichever the case we welcome you on Sunday, June 12, 2011 for the third annual Love Your Body Yoga and Wellness Day, presented by Beloved Yoga! The event will take place rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Reston Town Center Pavilion and kicks off the Virginia Yoga Week!

Love Your Body will focus on promoting personal wellbeing from the inside out, by virtue of instructional yoga classes for all ages and abilities, healthy food samples, therapeutic seminars, massage treatments, as well as many other services and offerings! Free classes are offered all day, and the first 500 attendees will receive a free tote bag!

Sunday’s schedule of events:

9:00-10:00am, Opening Flow Yoga Class by Beloved Yoga, serenaded by Prema Hara

10:10-10:40am, Beginners Yoga by Health Advantage

10:45-11:15am, Yoga for the Lower Back by Life Wellness Centre

11:20-11:40am, Intro to Kundalini by Radiant Sun Therapy

11:45-12:15pm, Mudras & Mantra by Sat Kartar Singh

12:20-12:50pm, Bikram by Bikram Reston

12:55-1:25pm, Ashtanga Yoga by Inner Power

1:30-2:00pm, Rocket Yoga

2:05-2:35pm, Synergy Yoga (Family)

2:40-3:05pm, Yoga Dance by Camille/Dream Yoga Studio & Wellness Center

3:15-4:15pm, Closing Celebration Concert: Wade Morissette!

Our favorite sponsors of healthy living will be on site to help guide and inform guests on the best choices to please both body and soul , including SweetGreen, Reston Whole Foods Market, Lululemon Athletica, and YogaAlliance! We hope you’ll join us this Sunday, June 12, to celebrate this occasion of zen and inner-peace!

Volunteers needed! If interested contact belovedyoga@yahoo.com

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