Fitness Update – March 18

Happy Monday Sun City Shadow Hills!

Santa Rosa Fitness Center has new cardio equipment: bikes, ellipticals, and a rower.  We also have punching gloves for the versys punching bags, and a TRX suspension trainer. Book your complimentary orientation to learn how to use the new cardio equipment and fun functional training equipment at either fitness desk.

Be sure to take the “Fitness Class Survey.” Click here: ☞

Want to know how to create new healthy habits and learn about the wonderful events we have coming up? Please  read on . . .

Tips for Creating New Habits

Our brains are equipped for automaticity-- for making the least effort possible. Habits can be hard to change but make automaticity works for you, not against you. Learn how to  create new healthy habits:

  • Make small changes: creating new habits can be done in small doses.. If, for example, you want to create a habit of getting more sleep each night, start by going to bed 10 to15 minutes earlier than your current time. Then slowly increase that to 15 to 20 minutes and so on. Start with something that feels easy and nonthreatening;
  • Staple it: tack your small change onto an activity that’s already a routine part of your day. That way, you will have to think less about when to make the change, and eventually it will become a new routine. For example, if you go for a daily walk, add the new habit of stretching your calf muscles right after you are done with the walk;
  • Mornings are green light zones: the earlier in the day the strongest the motivation;
  • Don’t decide--just do it: making decisions can be exhausting and in a weak moment the answer to your mental question might go against the intention of the goal. So just go ahead and  do it. You will be happy you persevered in creating the new habit;
  • Celebrate it: have a mini-celebration each time you achieved a micro-goal. This boosts confidence and strengthens your resilience.. Consciously say to yourself, “Yes!” or “I did it!” or “Done!”

Instructor Highlight: Leesann Shefa

Leesann Shefa joined our team this past summer and has been a wonderful addition to our growing yoga program. Her lightness of being truly carries out and transmits healing positive vibes to all who come to her class. Join her every Saturday at 8:30 AM for the Yang/Yin Vinyasa Yoga at Santa Rosa Fitness Center. ☞ Click Here to Learn More About Leesann


  • The 80-minute yoga class is now divided into two 45 to 50-minute classes. We have one at 8:30 AM and one at 9:30 AM. Each class is $4.
  • Tai-Chi on Tuesdays has been moved to 5:00 PM and will no longer be offered at 6:30 PM. This change took  effect March 12.
  • Thera-band with Dr. Eric will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, March 21 and 28, so plan to come earlier.

Upcoming Events and Activities

  • Annual Fall Prevention Education and Screening: Learn about fall prevention and get screened. Join me Thursday, March 21, or Thursday, March 28, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM in the Montecito Group Exercise Room. The education portion will be 30 minutes.  We will then proceed to screening which takes  two to three minutes per person. No RSVP needed. ☞ Click Here for Details
  • The 14th Annual Spring into Health Fair:  Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Montecito Ballroom. If you are involved in health, fitness, or wellness and would like to be a vendor for this event just stop by the Montecito Fitness Desk and register. ☞ Click Here for Details
  • Fitness Survey: Do you want to have an Assisted Pull-up/Chin Dip Machine as a new addition to our fitness facility? Take the survey online and let us hear from you! ☞ Click Here to Take the Survey
  • Early Spring Special in Bloom: For the months of March and April, receive a 10% discount on Reformer Pilates packages. This offer is for first time participants. ☞ Click Here for Details.

Reference book: The Telomere Effect by Nobel prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD and Elissa Epel, PhD.

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun

Remember to check for any fitness class cancellations.

Committed to your well-being,