All Kinds of News for December 05, 2018
EDGE Learning and Wellness students recently explored fun, untraditional ways to incorporate fitness into their lives with an aerial yoga activity at AIR Aerial Fitness in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.
The activity was part of a new monthly challenge created by EDGE Dietitian and Personal Trainer Jennifer Ventrelle, MS, RDN, CPT. Every month, the student with the most recorded Fitbit steps gets the opportunity to choose and coordinate a group fitness outing with Jennifer. This month, the winner of the challenge chose aerial yoga.
“This outing inspired EDGE students to engage in healthy competition,” said EDGE Life Coach Candace McGee, MA. “It also allowed for students at all levels of fitness to engage in a new fitness arena.”
The activity, which involves combining traditional yoga poses with pilates, dance, and the use of hammocks, certainly was a new “arena” for most EDGE students. One student stated that he appreciated the opportunity to “try new things.” Learning to balance on the hammocks challenged students’ resilience, and the outing as a whole pushed students outside of their comfort zones and invited them to engage in a unique, peer-coordinated exercise.
Partaking in a monthly fitness group challenge and outing helps students improve several dimensions of wellness, particularly the social and physical dimensions. EDGE continuously invites students to share their ideas with one another and learn that exercise can be fun and beneficial for their mental health. The aerial yoga activity also increased conversation among students, as they’re already discussing what they will do to win next month's challenge and outing choice. EDGE can’t wait to see what exciting activity its students will choose next.
About EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community
EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community is an accredited transitional living program located in Chicago, IL. EDGE offers therapeutically supported residential and non-residential options for post-treatment young adults. The participants, ages 18 -24, are striving to excel academically, while creating a life of balance, joy and wellness.