787 N. Pennock St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Cunningham is an in-home personal trainer and holds a BA in sociology from University of Wisconsin at Madison. She asked that athletes first consider the health risks of an exercise program.
“Make it fun,” she said. “Other factors are past injuries and time commitment. Past injuries can hinder some activities a person can do, and as far as the commitment, they need to be prepared to know how much time they must set aside for exercise or certain times they must set aside to dedicate to exercise.”
Cunningham also graduated from the National Personal Training Institute and holds a nutrition consultant certification.
“I think the trainer’s qualification is very important for both the safety of the client and the ability to accomplish their fitness goals,” she explained. “But I feel that more important than their qualifications is trust and commitment to the client’s personal goals. The facility is not important at all. You can get an amazing workout and become very fit in the comfort of your home with no or little equipment. Any fitness level can get an amazing workout in the space in their home.”
3800 Manayunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19128
Tip 1: Find an activity you like to do, like play soccer or hang out with friends. Then sign up for a soccer league or spin class with some friends. The largest area sponsor of recreational sports leagues, the Philadelphia Sport and Social Club, provides social events and local social-networking connections. Boasting more than 15,000 participants yearly, the organization has established a reputation as the top place for active sport enthusiasts to meet and connect. It exists to sponsor quality sports leagues, tournaments and social gatherings. Whether it is soccer, football, dodgeball, handball, volleyball or softball, individuals may sign up with the club, which will then place them with a team. All levels of abilities are welcome, and classes are also available.
1315 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tip 2: Calories matter. Be aware of what you are eating. Farm to City, as its name suggests, connects area farmers with Philadelphia consumers by providing information on buying clubs, farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture programs. Consumers may join a CSA or a buying club and pay a fixed amount for one or more shares prior to the beginning of each growing season. Each share entitles members to a box of produce from participating farms. In 2012, Farm to City operated 16 farmers’ markets in the city.
111 Buck Road
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
Tip 3: Strength training is key. For the females out there, it will not blow you up to be Arnold Schwarzenegger. Dan Bowen, founder and CEO of HIT Fitness Training and a Philadelphia native, holds certification as a personal trainer and nutritional consultant from the National Personal Training Institute. Bowen also boasts an associate’s degree in exercise science from Montgomery County Community College. A certified NPTI instructor, he holds current CPR, AED and First Aid certifications. He offers in-home personal training throughout the metropolitan area and operates a private fitness studio in Huntingdon Valley. Every Saturday at 10 a.m., a full-body fitness boot camp is offered for $10 per session at the studio. The exercises are designed with a focus on firming the thighs and butt, flattening the stomach and reducing body fat. All fitness levels are welcome.
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1520 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19012
Tip 4. Depending on your current physical condition, find a safe way to start exercising to avoid unnecessary injuries. Injuries related to exercise or athletics require quick diagnosis and treatment. Fractures and ligament tears need immediate treatment by medical specialists. For other aches and pains, chiropractic and natural alternative treatments may be appropriate. Michael E. Petroski, D.C., a licensed chiropractor, offers massage therapy, chiropractic alignments, exercise and nutritional advice.
14 S. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Tip 5. Don’t stress, and don’t get overwhelmed. Take baby steps to reach fitness goals. Psychologist Eric B. Spiegel integrates several theoretical perspectives in a holistic approach that combines counseling, self psychology, interpersonal process theory and clinical hypnosis. In addition to psychological services, Spiegel offers wellness services. Stress coaching sessions involve the assessment of each individual’s situational stressors to determine the client’s coping strategies and help develop healthy adaptive responses. Breathing training, progressive muscle relaxation techniques and guided imagery are also used to help clients manage stress.