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2018 NASPA Annual Conference

Get your #NASPAFit on in Philly

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Are you ready to get #NASPAFit in Philly? Join your fellow attendees for our exciting lineup of fitness and wellness activities to keep you centered and full of endorphins! Setting your alarm extra early may be daunting, but imagine how clear your mind will be for all the learning after Monday’s Soul Cycle or Wednesday’s Rise and Shine Yoga. If an early rising is not in your future, check out our Back on My Feet Run/Walk in the afternoon on Sunday, lunchtime Boot Camp on Tuesday.  

All fitness and wellness activities are being offered with no additional fee! Explore the schedule below and add some time to be #NASPAFit with us:

Sunday, March 4

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Back on My Feet Run/Walk
One 3-mile running group and one 1.5-mile walking group will be available during this time, both are led by a Back on My Feet representative! Meet in the Lobby of the Philadelphia Marriott at 2:15 p.m.
(no charge, open to all)


Monday, March 5

6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
SoulCycle
Private NASPA Class taking place at SoulCycle located at 113 S. 16th Street
(no charge, open to first 56 respondents, RSVP Required)
SIGN-UP

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Meditation
Taking place in the Sensory Area/Quiet Area of the Convention Center in the Foyer past Exhibit Hall E
(no charge, open to all)

Tuesday, March 6

6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
NASPA Run (led by Philly Runner, a local owned running store)
Meet in the Lobby of the Philadelphia Marriott at 5:40 a.m.
(no charge, open to all)

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Bootcamp
Private NASPA Class taking place at Unite Gym located at 105 S. 12th Street 
(no charge, open to first 56 respondents, RSVP Required)

SIGN-UP

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Meditation
Taking place in the Sensory Area/Quiet Area of the Convention Center in the Foyer past Exhibit Hall E
(no charge, open to all)

Wednesday, March 7

6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Rise and Shine Yoga
Taking place in the Sensory Area/Quiet Area of the Convention Center in the Foyer past Exhibit Hall E
(no charge, open to all)

More About the Back on My Feet (BOMF) Run/Walk:
Back on Feet’s mission is to combat homelessness through the power of running and community resources in education, housing and employment. Back on My Feet seeks to revolutionize the way our society approaches homelessness. Their unique running-based model demonstrates that if you first restore confidence, strength and self-esteem, individuals are better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move towards homes and new lives. NASPA will be providing a donation to BOMF for the time they are taking to give our conference attendees a great fitness experience while promoting a good cause.

All levels of fitness are welcome as one BOMF representative will lead a 1.5 mile walk and another will lead a 3-mile run. Both start and end at the same place. Please meet in the lobby of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown on Sunday, March 4 at 2:15 p.m. No advanced sign-up required.

More About SoulCycle:

SoulCycle is a 45-minute indoor cycling class that features high-intensity cardio, muscle-sculpting strength training, and rhythm-based choreography. But it’s so much more than just a workout — it’s a powerful mind-body experience. Participants ride together as a pack in candlelit studios to the rhythm of one-of-a-kind playlists. You’re coached by magnetic instructors, who support you, coach you and push you to reach our personal bests. You will sweat, reach, and recover, together. With more than 82 studios (and counting!) SoulCycle’s revolutionary indoor cycling class is available across the U.S. and Canada. Riders come to us to experience breakthroughs and unlock their full potential—on and off the bike.

SoulCycle veterans and first-timers welcomed. If it is your first time, please feel free to speak up and let the instructor know. They’ll better be able to assist you through bike set-up and class. Come in your favorite workout clothes (shorts or leggings, a tank or a tee). The bikes are designed to be clipped into, so there are custom shoes at the studio available for you to use. If you already have your own cycle shoes, feel free to bring them.

Please plan to arrive at the studio at 5:45 a.m. to prepare for your ride! Be sure to plug in the address to your mobile device to give yourself time to get to the studio! It is a 12-minute walk from the Marriott Downtown. SoulCycle has keycode lockers for storing your stuff. If this will be your first SoulCycle experience, please spend a little time reviewing the bike set-up and bike ride information—it’ll help you follow along more easily and aid in a better workout! This activity is open to the first 56 respondents. You must sign-up using this form to gain admission! SoulCycle is located at 113 S. 16th Street!

More About Meditation and the Instructor:

The physical body is always in the present, but our mind tends to travel into the future and into the past. Mindfulness is the experience of choosing to bring our attention to the present moment, without judging what is happening, and without trying to change anything. In this guided meditation, you will be invited to rest your body and mind, and to focus on the movement of your breath, with kindness and compassion for yourself and for all beings. There will be a short discussion on the practice of everyday mindfulness, where we bring the same kind of awareness and concentration to our daily activities.  

As a health educator, Sandi, the meditation instructor, has developed expertise in holistic approaches to stress reduction. She discovered meditation in 1987 and, over the years, has studied with many generous and wonderful teachers. She worked for many years as a women’s health care advocate and educator, as well as an AIDS activist. Since 2007, she has conducted workshops on stress reduction, mindfulness, and self-care for University of Pennsylvania students and staff. Incorporating such mind/body practices as meditation, guided imagery, self-applied massage, and mindful movements, these workshops encourage participants to experience consciously the present moment with kindness and compassion for themselves and others.  In addition to these workshops, through Student Health Service/Campus Health, Sandi leads weekly meditation sessions for students. She also works with students individually, encouraging them to use mindfulness and meditation to cope with everyday stress. Meditation will take place on both Monday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 6 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Sensory Area/Quiet Space of the convention center. This area is located on the Exhibit Hall level outside of Exhibit Hall E. No advanced sign-up required.

More About the Philly Runner Run:

Philly Runner’s mission is connecting, inspiring, and strengthening the Philadelphia running and fitness community since 2004. This city and the streets running through it define us, and their culture is built on the idea that working out can and should be fun—and it is always more fun when you are part of a vibrant community of like-minded people. They aren’t the fastest runners in the world – they come from a variety of backgrounds, but they are all passionate about running, fitness, and living a healthy lifestyle. Their mission is health and movement. Moving from where you are now, to where you want to go. From the best brands and resources, to group runs and community events – Philly Runner is Philly's local hub for an urban, active lifestyle. All levels of runners welcomed!  There will be 3-5 mile run, depending on attendees’ experience, starting and ending at the lobby of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.  Please meet in the lobby of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown on Tuesday, March 6 at 5:40 a.m. No advanced sign-up required.

More About Boot Camp at Unite Gym:

The Unite Workout is 55-65 minutes, combining cardio intervals (run, spin), strength training (weights, bands, suspension, plyo, and recovery (yoga stretch, foam roll, final rest) so you get everything your mind and body need each workout. And it’s all set to high tempo, upbeat playlists. Unite truly believes in a holistic approach to health. This workout is suitable for all fitness levels! You will want to arrive in sneakers, comfortable pants/shorts, and a t-shirt or tank. Please plan to arrive at the studio at 11:45 a.m.  Be sure to plug in the address to your mobile device to give yourself time to get to the gym! It is a 6-minute walk from the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Get checked-in, get settled, and get excited! Unite has cubbies for storing your stuff and showers if you want to change there. You must sign-up using this form to gain admission! Unite Gym located at 105 S. 12th Street.

More About Yoga and the Instructor:

Nicole Taylor is a 500-hour certified yoga and meditation teacher who has practiced and taught for 10 years. Her classes provide a playful, connected experience with an emphasis on stabilizing the body, drawing awareness to the breath, and quieting the mind. Nicole’s purpose is to create sacred spaces for joy transformation, and her classes reflect that purpose. All levels, from beginner to experienced are welcome to join! Come in comfortable clothing in which you can move easily. This could be conference attire as long as you can move!  Come ready to move and breathe on the last day of the conference. By Wednesday, some decompression might be in order! Yoga will take place on Wednesday from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. in the Sensory Area/Quiet Space of the convention center. This area is located on the Exhibit Hall level outside of Exhibit Hall E. No advanced sign-up required.

Some tips from our local arrangement representative, Ashlee Halbritter, University of Pennsylvania, on how to stay #SAFit #NASPAfit!

  • Make it Official. By writing down exercise in my planner, I am able to think of my trip to the gym as an appointment to keep, rather than an opportunity in passing. If I know I have a date with exercise, I’ll also bring my sneakers and exercise gear with me for the day as a constant reminder.
  • Make it Enjoyable. One of the most helpful tips I learned is that if I don’t enjoy the activity, I’m probably not going to make a habit out of it.
  • Grab an Exercise Buddy. One of the best ways to keep a routine is find someone to keep it with you! It’s always a lot harder to cancel plans with a friend than to cancel the plans on yourself.
  • Sneak in some exercise. When you can’t go to the gym, and just because you should, try spicing up the day with a brisk powerwalk or bike ride to class or work or do some stretches before walking into class. Offer to walk a friend’s dog. Little things can make a big difference.
  • Log Your Activity. It is always great to see how much I have improved over time and have a record of some great accomplishments. Keeping a log will help you move forward and not give up!

See you there!

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