January 19, 2020

Walking Wednesdays

Walking Wednesdays

Join the President’s Council on Wellness and the UMW community for active socializing each Wednesday at 12:30pm. The meeting location will alternate between the front of Lee Hall and the front of the Jepson Science Center (see below for January’s schedule). Walks will last 30-45 minutes, but feel free to break off at any time. We will have a special guest walker the first Wednesday of each month, stay tuned for these announcements.

Faculty/Staff who participate in a minimum of eight Walking Wednesdays will be entered into a raffle to be drawn April 24th.  You could have the chance to win a free movie ticket, a yoga mat, or a free pass for an employee fitness program.

Follow us on Facebook (UMW Wellness) for updated information.

January 22: Meet at the Jepson Science Center at 12:30pm

January 29: Meet at Lee Hall at 12:30pm

 

Upcoming Mindfulness & Fitness Opportunities

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Course

Mondays *The day is different than previous semesters!
6pm-7:30pm, February 10 – March 30 (Excluding Spring Break on March 2)
Leidecker Center B-39, Trinkle Hall
Cost: $15 (but get that money back if you attend 6+ sessions!)
Sign up on our registration site under “Courses”.

Learn the practice of mindfulness in a 7-week, non-credit course led by Bill Brooks, a certified meditation teacher through the Meditation Teacher Training Institute. This experience is $15 and participants who attend six or more sessions will receive that money back in the form of a UMW bookstore gift card. Our lives are often overly stimulated. What would happen if we gave ourselves a few minutes each day to stop, and be fully silent and still – to meditate? Research has shown that the practice of mindful meditation can lead to a calm and focused mind. Such a practice helps to reduce stress, enhances self-awareness, and offers a greater sense of inner peace and connectedness with life. This 7-week introductory course is being offered to UMW faculty, staff, and students. It will answer the basic question: What are we doing when we meditate? You will learn about meditation through instruction, discussion and guided practice. Specific training will be provided on obstacles to meditation and how to work with them. Upon completion of this course, you will have the tools and experience needed to continue an independent practice of mindfulness meditation.

 

Employee Fitness Classes

Campus Recreation offers fitness programs exclusively for UMW employees. Each fitness program is 5 weeks long. Can’t make a few of the workouts? That’s okay! There’s no penalty for missing a few classes. We understand that it’s tough to commit to all 5 weeks. Just remember: some workouts are better than no workouts!

Group Strength Training *Our newest addition!
Group Strength Training is a circuit-based workout group led by an NSCA certified personal trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. This training program will work through strength movements to improve function and mobility. Your trainer will provide the group with great attention to detail on form and technique. You can expect to perform full body movements on the mat, TRX straps, and using dumbbells. This class requires 4 registrations in order to run.
$25 per 5-week session
Thursdays, 1:00-2:00pm
UMW Fitness Center Strength Floor

Lunchtime Yoga
The lunchtime yoga class is a gentle, relaxing yoga class designed to give faculty and staff head space during busy workdays, as well as the energy needed to finish the day strong. Mats, blocks, straps, and instruction are provided.
$30 per 5-week session
Mondays & Fridays, 12:00-12:50pm
Goolrick Studio 5

Yogalates
Yogalates is a fusion class of a yoga practice with Pilates moves. Enjoy a low impact flexibility and core strengthening workout where you will feel challenged, but not leave drenched in sweat. These weekly workouts will stretch and strengthen your body to help you stay active during the work week.
$15 per 5-week session
Wednesdays, 12:00-12:50pm
Goolrick Studio 5

FREE WEEKS: Try any of the classes above for free from January 13-19 & March 9-15!

Spring 2020 Session 1
January 27 – February 28

Spring 2020 Session 2
March 16 – April 17

You can register and pay online or in person at the Fitness Center.  If you register online, please log in using the button and your UMW credentials. Please note: online transactions incur a 2.75% processing fee.

*If you don’t register for the program but would like to attend a class or two, you may pay the drop-in rate of $5 per class at the Fitness Center front desk with EagleONE, cash, or credit card.

Call For ‘Wellness Passport’ Event Submissions

The President’s Council on Wellness (PCOW) is reaching out to share exciting and important updates related to the Wellness Passport this semester. We encourage you to reach out to us at wellness@umw.edu with questions or concerns as this is a work in progress. Also, please feel free to pass along this information to colleagues who may be interested.

Learn more about the Passport
Are you curious, “What is the wellness passport? What does it mean to be a passport event?” See the UMW Wellness Passport PDF for an easy to share document.

Get your events ‘Passported’
If your department is interested in submitting your events to be a part of the Wellness Passport initiative, please see the deadlines below and submit to the submission form.

  • Events happening prior to spring break, please submit by January 24.
  • Events happening post spring break, please submit by February 14.

What will happen at a ‘Wellness Passported’ event?
As a Passported event, PCOW will provide you with:

  • A Printed Flyer or Powerpoint Slide (you can choose your preference in the form)
  • Passport Stickers (delivered within a week of the event)
  • Paper Forms for tracking participation and learning

Please follow @UMW_Wellness on Facebook and Instagram, tag us in your passport event posts, and message us any event images so we can help share it as your event is approaching!

For your reference, here are UMW’s six Dimensions of Wellness:

Physical: Taking care of one’s body by partaking in healthy practices such as exercise, a nutritious diet, and getting adequate sleep. Acknowledging the importance of one’s physical surroundings and taking an active role in sustaining it.

Mental: Combining the elements of emotional well-being and intellectual curiosity, mental wellness includes being attentive to one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; positive or negative. Having the ability to approach life optimistically and with resiliency despite life’s inevitable disappointments. Seeking out ways to expand one’s knowledge and skills.

Social: Fostering a sense of connection and belonging with others. Involves using good communication skills, respecting oneself and others, and creating and maintaining a well-developed support system.

Spiritual: Taking steps to identify one’s values and beliefs in order to expand one’s sense of purpose and to find meaning in their life. Keeping an open mind and demonstrating tolerance towards others.

Financial: Striving to live a life within one’s means and taking steps to ensure one’s finances are prepared to support them in both the short and long term.

Occupational: Finding purpose and fulfillment in one’s professional journey while working to maintain balance between personal and work-life.

Peace, Love, Mary Wash Event Oct. 26

UMW faculty and staff (as well as students and members of the Fredericksburg community) are invited to join UMW Campus Recreation at Ball Circle on Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to enjoy a day of free yoga and mindfulness, mental health and local vendor tables, and a food truck where food will be available to purchase! Kids are welcomed! Learn first-hand how practicing yoga and mindfulness can be relaxing, enjoyable, and help combat stress.

Schedule:

  • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Music, Check-in and local vendor tables open
  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Fun Flow Vinyasa Yoga (presented by Kassi and Susan [UMW Alum!] representing Dragonfly Yoga Studio)
  • 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Functional Movement and Grounding Practice (presented by Kiersten Kennedy, a Fredericksburg yoga instructor)
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Yoga Meditation (presented by Catie representing the Yoga Foundation of Fredericksburg and Latitude Yoga)

Vendors:

  • UMW Talley Center for Counseling Services
  • Mental Health America
  • UMW President’s Council on Wellness
  • Latitude Yoga
  • Yoga Foundation of Fredericksburg
  • Dragonfly Yoga
  • Kimman’s Co
  • Katora Cafe UMW
  • UMW Campus Recreation

Giveaways! We will be giving away UMW Campus Rec branded yoga mats, UMW Beanies, UMW Water bottles, t-shirts, and swag bags throughout the course of the day. You don’t want to miss it!

This event is free thanks to our amazing partners (above)! Please let us know that you’re planning to come by joining the Facebook event! Please bring your own towel or yoga mat. This is an outdoor event and free water stations will be available.

Free Yoga Class Friday, October 25

Campus Recreation offers fitness programs exclusively for UMW employees. Each fitness program is 5 weeks long. Can’t make a few of the workouts? That’s okay! There’s no penalty for missing a few classes. We understand that it’s tough to commit to all 5 weeks. Just remember: some workouts are better than no workouts!

FREE WEEK: October 21-25

Lunchtime Yoga
The lunchtime yoga class is a gentle, relaxing yoga class designed to give faculty and staff head space during busy workdays, as well as the energy needed to finish the day strong. Mats, blocks, straps, and instruction are provided.
$30 per 5-week session
Mondays & Fridays, 12:00-12:50pm
Goolrick Studio 5

Yogalates
Yogalates is a fusion class of a yoga practice with Pilates moves. Enjoy a low impact flexibility and core strengthening workout where you will feel challenged, but not leave drenched in sweat. These weekly workouts will stretch and strengthen your body to help you stay active during the work week.
$15 per 5-week session
Wednesdays, 12:00-12:50pm
Goolrick Studio 5

Fall 2019 Session 2 – $30/$15
October 28-Dec 4 (excluding Nov 27 and 29th due to Thanksgiving holiday)

You can register and pay online or in person at the Fitness Center. If you register online, please log in using the button and your UMW credentials. Please note: online transactions incur a 2.75% processing fee.

*If you don’t register for the program but would like to attend a class or two, you may pay the drop-in rate of $5 per class at the Fitness Center front desk with EagleONE, cash, or credit card.

Employee Walking Challenge

Mary Wash Moves

UMW Employee Walking Challenge
Brought to you by the President’s Council on Wellness, Campus Recreation and UMW Human Resources

Let’s show off how much Mary Wash Moves! Grab your walking shoes and get ready to rack up the steps this year with your UMW colleagues.

How It Works:

  • Dates: October 1-31, 2019 | April 1-30, 2020 | July 1-31, 2020
  • Teams: There are six teams and up to 25 people per team. You may sign up for your team by writing your name on the team color tab you choose on the official tracking document.
  • How to win: Log your total steps walked each day in the official tracking document. The team color with the highest step average between all active team mates (anyone who logged any steps on any day during the challenge) by the end of the challenge wins!
  • How to track your steps: Use a FitBit, Apple Watch, iPhone, or other step tracking device!
  • Prize: A free lunch sponsored by Human Resources and a free fitness/wellness experience sponsored by Campus Recreation!

If you have further questions, please email wellness@umw.edu.

Mindfulness and Fitness Program Registrations Close Soon

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Course

Fall 2019: Tuesdays, 6pm-7:30pm, September 17 – November 12 (Excluding Fall break on October 15)
Leidecker Center, Trinkle B-39
Cost: $15 (but you get that money back if you attend 6+ sessions!)
Sign up on the Campus Rec registration site under “Courses”.

Learn the practice of mindfulness in a 7-week, non-credit course led by Bill Brooks, a certified meditation teacher through the Meditation Teacher Training Institute. This experience is $15 and participants who attend six or more sessions will receive that money back in the form of a UMW bookstore gift card. Our lives are often overly stimulated. What would happen if we gave ourselves a few minutes each day to stop, and be fully silent and still – to meditate? Research has shown that the practice of mindful meditation can lead to a calm and focused mind. Such a practice helps to reduce stress, enhances self-awareness, and offers a greater sense of inner peace and connectedness with life. This 7-week introductory course is being offered to UMW faculty, staff, and students. It will answer the basic question: What are we doing when we meditate? You will learn about meditation through instruction, discussion and guided practice. Specific training will be provided on obstacles to meditation and how to work with them. Upon completion of this course, you will have the tools and experience needed to continue an independent practice of mindfulness meditation.

Brittanie Naff: Taking Fitness to Heart

Brittanie Naff, assistant director of Campus Recreation. Photo by Suzanne Rossi.

Brittanie Naff, assistant director of Campus Recreation. Photo by Suzanne Rossi.

Want to jog through the streets of Paris, browse Facebook or catch up on Netflix – all without leaving Mary Washington? Brittanie Naff says now you can – and still squeeze in your workout – thanks to the cardio equipment she and her team have brought to the fitness center. UMW employees are invited to take the new machines for a spin – or sprint – and enjoy healthy snacks and beverages at Cardio & Katora, Friday, Aug. 23, noon to 2 p.m.

Planning special events like this is just one of Naff’s responsibilities as assistant director of Campus Recreation, a job she’s held since 2016, when she met now-supervisor Kelly Shannon, who convinced her to become an Eagle.

Naff, who has a master’s degree in public health from Virginia Tech, ensures that Mary Washington’s recreational facilities, staff and programs meet the fitness and wellness needs of the UMW community. She assists with marketing efforts, hires instructors and trainers, and manages schedules for group fitness programs like Zumba, barre, yoga and cycle.

“I’m living proof of the impact fitness programs can have on students’ lives,” said Naff, who began hitting the gym after trying a Zumba class her freshman year. “When I realized I could make a career out of managing collegiate fitness programs and facilities, I pursued that and haven’t looked back!”

 

Q: How did you know it was time for new cardio equipment at UMW’s fitness center?
A: Our rental term was ending, so we worked with procurement to secure a new vendor. We wanted quality, affordable machines; excellent customer service; and an asset management system that allowed us to track the status of the equipment to limit downtime in case parts break. We found it all with Matrix Fitness and got 45 pieces of cardio equipment, six with cool touch screens that let you escape to other locales.

Q: We’re excited for Cardio & Katora! The coffee shop and gym equipment are new, but what else do exercise and caffeine have in common?
A: When planning this event, we all agreed that exercise and healthy, delicious drinks and food contribute to a high quality of life. Why not put these things together and promote the message? You’ll see plenty of collaborations between Campus Rec, Katora Café and UMW Dining in the future, and you can find Mindful Dining info at the Top of the UC.

Q: What would you say to people who feel guilty about procrastinating starting a fitness routine?
A: It’s never too late. You have to find something you enjoy if you want to stick to it. Exercise can be way more than treadmills and dumbbells!

Q: What’s your favorite way to exercise?
A: I love Orange Theory. The workouts are intense – but modifiable, the coaches are motivating, the music is awesome and the classes work with my calendar. All I have to do is show up!

Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A: I started dating my husband when I was 15, after a high school homecoming dance.

Q: What’s your motto?
A: Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.

Campus Recreation, Dining Team Up with Katora for Fitness Center Event

Cardio exercise boosts your heart rate, burns fat and calories, and helps fight fatigue. So does coffee. Research has shown that enjoying a cup of joe before your workout can pack an even bigger punch. That’s why Cardio & Katora is coming to the fitness center on Friday, Aug. 23, from noon to 2 p.m. […]

Campus Recreation, Dining Team Up with Katora for Fitness Center Event

Cardio exercise boosts your heart rate, burns fat and calories, and helps fight fatigue. So does coffee. Research has shown that enjoying a cup of joe before your workout can pack an even bigger punch.

That’s why Cardio & Katora is coming to the fitness center on Friday, Aug. 23, from noon to 2 p.m. Sponsored by Campus Recreation, Katora Café and Dining Services, the event gives the UMW community the opportunity to take the fitness center’s new fleet of state-of-the-art cardio machines for a spin – or a sprint – while sampling Katora’s healthy drinks and snacks. The popular Fredericksburg coffeehouse will soon open a new location across from the Hurley Convergence Center in the space previously occupied by Blackstone Coffee.

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