LifeFit Center @ The Beach
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
Phone: (562) 985-2015
|HOURS OF OPERATION|
|Mon - Thurs||8:30am - 7pm|
|Fri||8:30am - 2pm|
|Sat||8:30am - 12pm|
The LifeFit Center @ The Beach opened on October 1, 2012 as Long Beach State University's (LBSU) newest fitness facility. Fitness provides lifelong health and wellness opportunities in a variety of ways. The LifeFit Center aims to be the premier health and fitness facility in the Long Beach area for the age 49+ community. The LifeFit Center aims to provide fresh and complete health, fitness, social, and wellness programming to all of its members; as well as provide education, research, and career development opportunities for LBSU students, faculty, and staff.
The LifeFit Center is in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on campus at LBSU. Together, OLLI and the LifeFit Center share the same passion for lifelong education, health, and wellness. OLLI is sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services. OLLI is a source of widely varied courses of interest to persons 50 years of age or older. For more information about OLLI, please click here.
Liz Taylor is our Team Member of the Month for July! Liz has worked with us for only one month, and has been a wonderful addition to our team. Liz has stepped in to teach the KrankCircuit, Fit and Fun, and Body Weight and Balance group fitness classes. She is also performing fitness and balance assessments for all new members and is doing a little personal training as well. We have received a great deal of positive feedback about Liz and her skills as a fitness professional. If you have not met Liz yet, please attend one of her classes or schedule a fitness and balance assessment with her at the Service Desk.
*Any OLLI member, or guest of current LifeFit members, who sign up for a LifeFit Membership on Tuesday, July 22nd will get 50% off their first month of membership.
We are having a friendly Facebook competition that will last throughout 2014. Check out the image below for details!
Here is a look at the LifeFit Center's monthly themes for 2014. If you have any ideas or suggestions for activities or speakers at the LFC, please let LFC management know:
January - Goal Setting
February - Healthy Heart
March - Nutrition
April - Falls/ Injury Prevention
May - Exercise Is Medicine
June - Social Wellness
July - Body Composition & Resistance Training
August - Benefits of Outdoor Activity
September - Water
October - Cancer Awareness
November - Mental Health & Stress Reduction
December - Healthy Holidays
The LifeFit Center now has two types of t-shirts for sale! The LFC has black dri-fit t-shirts for men and a v-neck for women on sale for $20. We also still have the black or white cotton LFC t-shirts for $10. You can purchase your LifeFit Center t-shirt at the service desk.
The LifeFit Center is now proud to say that it is officially an Exercise is Medicine on Campus facility.
We at the LifeFit Center are making a commitment to uphold and promote these guiding principles of the Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIMC) Program.
• Exercise and physical activity are important to health and the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases.
• More should be done in university and college settings to encourage students to establish lifelong exercise and physical activity habits that have the power to significantly improve the quality of students’ lives.
• Support the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM’s) efforts to bring a greater focus on exercise and physical activity in university and college settings.
Greetings LifeFit Center @ The Beach!!!
July is Resistance Training/Body Composition Month! Body composition is the ratio of fat mass to lean mass in your body. Fat mass consists primarily of subcutaneous fat underneath your skin and interstitial fat that surrounds your internal organs. Lean mass consists of muscle, connective tissue, bones, and organs. A healthy body fat percent range for women between the ages of 50-79 is between 15-30% body fat. A healthy range for men age 50-79 is between 15-25% body fat. Research continues to demonstrate that physical activity, specifically resistance training, can have positive effects on our body composition regardless of age!
Here again are the resistance training guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine:
Resistance Training Exercises:
Frequency: 2-3 days per week
Intensity: 2-4 sets of 8-12 repetitions with 2-3 minutes of rest in between sets
Time/Duration: 30-45 minutes
Type: Machine weights, free weights, small hand weights, Building Strength Class, body weight; Exercise all major muscle groups using dynamic exercises that create muscle balance
Please contact Heather Mazzei (562-985-2087) for more information about personal training if you would like a resistance training program put together for you!
Energy Balance & Body Composition:
Your energy balance (calories consumed versus calories expended) will determine if you are maintaining weight (neutral balance), losing weight (negative balance), or gaining weight (positive balance). If you are seeking to decrease your body fat percentage, a good first step is to know how many calories your body requires on a daily basis. First, you will want to know your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). Your BMR is the minimum number of calories that your body requires to conduct physiological processes necessary for daily function. Once you know your BMR, you can calculate your Daily Caloric Needs. Your Daily Caloric Needs reflect the number of calories you will need to consume on a daily basis to maintain your weight. Here are websites for BMR calculation and Daily Caloric Need calculation:
Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) Calculator: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/
Daily Caloric Needs: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/harris-benedict-equation/
If you are seeking to lose weight and decrease body fat percentage, you can combine a slight decrease in your caloric consumption (200-300 kcals/day) with a slight increase in your caloric expenditure (through exercise or more general activity throughout the day). Resistance training is a wonderful way to sustain lean mass while losing weight.
Move More, Live Longer!