Monday, September 2, 2013

Avatar Fitness Club-Get Fit Virtually and Possibly in RL Too!

Fitness Center a video by Kara Trapdoor on Flickr.
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I visited the new Avatar Fitness Club, officially called the Kevin J. Gamble Fitness Center,  today in SL, and asked a few friends, Bel, Soni, Kathy, and others to join me for a good workout.  The center is only a couple of days in Second Life, but has a lot of good traffic.   I was surprised to see that while it is on the destination guide, it's not run over with a lot of noobs, but rather had many avatar visitors who have been around for quite a while.  We enjoyed good conversations, a little flirting, and some earning of Lindens, as the bikes and treadmills operate like the old camping spots in that you earn cash L the longer you exercise on them sometimes. 

Other workout areas besides the popular bikes and treadmills include some great dual rock climbing walls, various workout mats that have great animations, free weights, group or individual aerobics, fitness balls, and much more.  The scale even works if that tells you anything about the quality of work put into the place.  Next door is the classy Littletown Natatorium with fun swimming and diving and a locker and changing area that has free male and female swim suits for the taking.   There is healthy educational information provided too in this fun environment.  There will be events coming up, so hop in their group, check out their Facebook,  and visit the sim.

Some of the info. on their welcome card states:  "........Club managers are Syzygy Merlin, Thynka Little, DFox Spitteler, and Extension Helix. The venue is a project of Cooperative Extension

Join the free club and try the cycles, treadmills, yoga, climbing wall, pool, weight room, aerobics, and member lounge. Check our Facebook page or SL Search for scheduled events. During some events, machines will offer L$ reward for time exercising, but not always.

"Research at Univ of Kansas, funded by the National Institutes of Health, indicates that a weight loss management program using a Second Life avatar can be as effective or even more so than attendance at a physical world clinic. This venue offers a social environment for changing habits and maintaining weight loss through regular exercise and nutrition education"."   Note the Cooperative Extension, is a service of the US Department of Agriculture. 


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