Balancing Act: The Case for Adding Stability Training to Your Workouts

Great balance may seem like something you shouldn’t worry about until you’re scoring early-bird dinner deals, but it’s never too soon to start training. It’ll come in handy when you trip over the dog while carrying two handfuls of grocery bags, but that’s not all. Slowly losing your balance and coordination is normal as you get older, and perfecting your balance as you move through life means that, by the time your muscle mass begins to decrease and your bones begin to weaken, you’ll have a solid base you only need to maintain.

You’d think that staying upright would be a simple act to pull off, but, in reality, it takes teamwork from three major systems: the visual, the auditory (inner ear), and proprioception, our inner sense of limb position and movement in space, which is reliant on specialized neurons found in muscles and joints. Take one away (by closing your eyes or standing on an unstable surface) and balancing becomes harder — but that’s how you get better at it.

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Sweet: There’s a Fitness-Filled Pool Party in Northern Liberties Next Week

Photo of the pool at Riva Health and Wellness | Photo via Facebook 

Next Thursday, June 29th, the folks at Riva Health and Wellness, Aqua Vida, and Fitness Alive Swim Academy are teaming up to give you an excuse to start your holiday weekend a little early. They’re bringing you all sorts of sweet stuff like complimentary spa consultations and fun water workouts as part of their Summer Bash Event, which will be held at Spa Riva (1 Brown Street, Northern Liberties) from 4 to 8 p.m. Insert all the confetti emojis here.

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Aqua Vida Is Taking SUP Yoga (And More SUP Fitness!) Indoors This Winter

Indoor SUP Yoga at Drexel | Photo via Aqua Vida

Indoor SUP Yoga at Drexel | Photo via Aqua Vida

Remember how last year, Aqua Vida, the floating fitness studio behind the beloved SUP fitness classes at Spruce Street Harbor Park, took their much-loved stand-up paddleboard yoga classes indoors, hosting them at Drexel’s indoor pool through the winter? Well, good news, SUP yogis: Aqua Vida is taking things indoors again this year — and they’re getting started way earlier this year. Their first indoor class is this weekend! Insert all the praise-hand and wave emojis here.

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Awesome News: SUP Yoga Now on the Lineup for Be Well Philly Boot Camp!

Indoor SUP Yoga at Drexel | Photo via Aqua Vida

Indoor SUP Yoga at Drexel | Photo via Aqua Vida

Guys, guys, guys: We have some VERY exciting news to share. You ready? We just made an awesome addition to our fitness lineup for Be Well Philly Boot Camp, our annual day of all things wellness for women, coming up June 4th at Drexel Recreation Center. Drumroll, please: The ladies from Aqua Vida — the same gals behind SUP Yoga at Spruce Street Harbor Park — will be hosting two indoor stand-up paddleboard yoga classes during this year’s Boot Camp. Eeeeeee! Read more »

SUP Yoga Coming Back to Spruce Street Harbor Park This Summer (Along with More SUP Fitness!)

SUP Yoga at Spruce Street Harbor Park | Photo via Facebook

SUP Yoga at Spruce Street Harbor Park | Photo via Facebook

We are here to start your day with some great news (You can thank us later): The ladies of Aqua Vida — yep, the same ladies behind this winter’s indoor stand-up paddle board fitness classes at Drexel and the SUP yoga classes at the Spruce Street Harbor Park the past two years — just let us know they will be making their way back to Spruce Street Harbor Park come warmer weather. And here’s the really good news: They are going to be offering way than just SUP yoga this time around. Read more »

Aqua Vida Bringing SUP Yoga Classes to an Indoor Pool in Philly This Winter  

Indoor SUP Yoga at Drexel | Photo via Aqua Vida

Indoor SUP Yoga at Drexel | Photo via Aqua Vida

If you never got a chance to make it to one of Aqua Vida’s SUP Yoga classes at Spruce Street Harbor Park this summer — that’s yoga on a stand-up paddleboard, if you didn’t know — all is not lost: The lovely ladies from Aqua Vida just gave us the very good news that, starting in February, they’ll be teaching SUP Yoga indoors at Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center Pool at 33rd and Market streets. Yippeeee! Read more »