Gurnee Park District News

Learn to Exercise Series - How Much Exercise Per Week?

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Blog Author: Maria Michl NASM PT, PES - It's a new year and I love to use a fresh start to get motivated and set some new goals. Whether you are getting back on track after the holiday season or you're just starting an exercise routine, I got you! Exercising and getting fit can be over whelming, but I am going to teach you the basics on how to...
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So much equipment! Learn what it all does for FREE!

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State of FitNation: Pat Bodame, CPRP, Fitness Facility Manager ​ - Increase your chances for success! FitNation Gurnee is here for you.   Our goal at FitNation is to have your resolutions become a lifestyle, rather than something you commit to at a certain time of year. Orientations are a simple half hour with a personal trainer...
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New Year = New Habits

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State of FitNation: Pat Bodame, CPRP, Fitness Facility Manager​ - We live in a fast paced world in every aspect. As a society, we want things to happen faster. Whether its how something gets done or even how we communicate. This has transferred over to every aspect of life, including fitness. Everyone has seen the infomercials that promise&nbs...
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Warm Up Before Your Work Out

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State of FitNation: Pat Bodame, CPRP, Fitness Facility Manager ​ -  I want to take a moment to discuss a topic that is too often forgot about. I will admit that I am the first to skip my warm up before my workout. With that said, I do know the importance of it and try my best to always get that warm up in before I begin my workout. T...
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Favorite Tips for Staying Fit for Fall!

Blog Author: Maria Michl NASM PT, PES As you all know, when the weather starts to get colder, we tend to stay inside and eat more. Sweets and treats are everywhere and with the holidays around the corner, it can be a time where food anxiety sets in. This can lead to overeating and packing on the pounds.  That's why its important to p...
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State of FitNation - Pool Updates

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Pat Bodame, CPRP, Fitness Facility Manager ​ -  It's been one month since the FitNation pool has completed 2018 renovations. The surface of the pool has been refinished and overall air quality within the pool area has been improved with an updated ventilation system. ​ "Nice place! Pool, machines, locker rooms, multiple aerobic studios, sauna,...
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Swim Tips For Your Freestyle

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Learn from Aquatic Manager, Kara Moss. Swimming laps or taking lessons? Keep these tips in mind when working on your freestyle. You know swimming is a good for you! Having proper form while taking swim lessons or working out reduces the risk of injury. Swimming builds strength and endurance while toning muscles. Here are a few tips to keep in ...
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On the go work out. Take this with you!

Blog Author: Maria Michl NASM PT, PES - With a long weekend coming up, it can be hard to stay focused. Make the effort to take extra steps, go for a run or try this workout… before you kick back this Labor Day!  This work out can be done outside or from the comfort of the lake house, hotel or your home, with the use of a chair or bench. B...
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Easy Vacation Work Out!

By: Maria Michl NASM PT, PES ​ Going on vacation? Celebrating 4th of July? Summer is full of fun! This quick circuit workout will take 10 to 30 minutes. Don't cheat yourself, get it done!  Exercising while on vacation, or before that BBQ will enhance your day, give you more energy, build confidence and burn extra calories! Additionally, you ca...
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Finding your fitness time

State of FitNation: Pat Bodame, CPRP, Fitness Facility Manager  It's summer! Graduations, summer camp, sports, vacations and everything in between have taken over. As a parent, I know it can be difficult to find "me time" and/or gym time. This summer, stay committed to your fitness goals by taking the time to plan, embrace the buddy system, pr...
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5 Reasons Your Child Should be Swimming Year Round

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Did you know there are more than 18 million swimming pools and hot tubs in the United States? Yet almost half of America can't swim according to the American Red Cross. Swimming is not only a great cardiovascular and resistance workout, but it also provides skills that could save your child's life. Our best defense is to teach our community how to ...
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Gurnee Park District Hosts Summer Feeding Program with District 56

Gurnee Park District Summer Lunch Program
Gurnee Park District (GPD) is teaming up with District 56 to host a free Summer Food Service Program to support low-income children in Gurnee. Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer, free lunches will be served to kids 18 years and under in need at Village Park from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Summer can be an exciting time for any child filled w...
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Silver – Sneakers – Stronger

FitNation in Gurnee now offers SilverSneakers.
Have you heard the buzz? FitNation in Gurnee is offering more fitness opportunities for boomers and beyond – through SilverSneakers! This is the perfect way to defy the odds, gain confidence and shatter stereotypes. SilverSneakers is a free fitness program for seniors providing unlimited access to treadmills, the track, weights, pool and additional...
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Woman Fights Against Postpartum Depression Naturally with Fitness

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​ Four years ago, Seika Zugarazo was fighting postpartum depression after giving birth to her second child, Sebastian. "After I had my youngest, I did not make myself a priority. As I am sure many mothers and fathers can relate – I put my kids and spouse first. It became too easy to be my last priority," stated Seika. Her goal was to overcome postp...
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Champions and Pups Celebrated One Year of GO GURNEE

Champions and Pups Celebrated One Year of GO GURNEE
Hundreds of GO GURNEE Champions were in attendance at the one year anniversary season kick-off event on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Viking Park in Gurnee. "We were so pleased to see so many smiling faces, the sun shining and lots of cute GO GURNEE pups at the event," stated Jennifer Gilbert, director of marketing and community relations with Gurnee Park...
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Free GO GURNEE Season Kick-off Event

Free GO GURNEE Season Kick-off Event
​ It's time to lace up your shoes and get stepping! GO GURNEE, presented by Gurnee Park District, will be hosting a free Season Kick-off Event on Sunday, May 7 at 4:00 pm in Viking Park (4364 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee). The event will include a DJ, 30 minute walk and free raffle along with champion T-shirt pick-up. All well-behaved and leashed dogs ar...
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9 Reasons to Volunteer in 2017

9 Reasons to Volunteer in 2017
​Volunteers are the best – seriously. They provide such a benefit to any organization, community and to themselves! At Gurnee Park District, we could not be more proud or grateful for our many volunteers who have donated over 10,000 hours in 2016 alone. They have helped us with countless projects, events and programs. Have you ever considered volun...
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Why You Lose Motivation, and What You Can Do About It

Why You Lose Motivation, and What You Can Do About It
​ New Year's has passed and your resolutions may have taken a back seat to other items on your check list. However, at FitNation, our goal is to keep you motivated ALL year long – not just around the New Year. Here are some of the reasons you might lose motivation, and what you can do about it: ​ 1. You get bored. Workouts do not and should not be ...
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Top 7 Ways to Reach Any Fitness Goal – Individual, Community and Agency Related

Top 7 Ways to Reach Any Fitness Goal – Individual, Community and Agency Related
​ By Liz Gnippe, Marketing Specialist with Gurnee Park District   Successfully reaching any fitness goal, whether it be personal or community related, takes time, effort and dedication. Gurnee Park District (GPD) knows that well. For the past few years, the District has been taking steps to be the health and wellness leader for the Gurnee comm...
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Register Now for Swim Lessons at FitNation Pool and Warren High School – O’Plaine Pool

Register Now for Swim Lessons at FitNation Pool and Warren High School – O’Plaine Pool
​ Dive into Gurnee Park District's swim lesson program at FitNation Pool and Warren High School – O'Plaine Pool this winter and spring. Registration is now open, and lessons begin on January 7, 2017. Gurnee Park District has been teaching swim lessons for over 40 years. During this time, they have developed an excellent curriculum based on safety a...
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