Geek Your Health – Fitness Classes Based on Pop Culture Themes
Written by Guest Blogger Carolyn Noe
After the 2018 America’s Health Rankings Report was released and we saw that Kentucky ranks 50th in the nation for adult physical activity, Northern Kentucky University’s Institute for Health Innovation (IHI) wanted to find a way to make exercise fun for residents of Northern Kentucky. The idea for Geek Your Health came about as a way to connect the community’s enthusiasm for geek culture with new exercise programs like the upcoming Shape Up Like Spiderman event at Boone County Public Library on Saturday, February 1.
Geek culture is everywhere – from the ever popular Marvel movies to sold-out comic conventions. Geek Your Health is full of themed fitness events built around popular television shows, comics, films, and video games. Attendees are encouraged to “let their geek flag fly” and wear fandom-themed workout gear and talk about the fandom before, during, and after the events. To quote founder of Geek Girl Strong, Robyn Warren, M.S.Ed, “This allows folks to bond over shared interests before exercising in front of one another. Because many of the attendees are new to exercising and/or group fitness, breaking the ice in this way can really help them feel comfortable.”
Northern Kentucky University and Boone County Public Library have partnered to bring you three Geek Your Health Programs. These programs will be held once a month at the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, in Burlington KY.
The series kicked off with Shape Up Like Spiderman in early February and continues with a high intensity workout in March and yoga in April:
Next up, Train Like the Avengers on Saturday, March 7, 10:30 a.m.
Want to be as strong as The Hulk? Fly around like Iron Man? Run as fast as Captain America? Or fight like Black Widow? Now you can learn the basic skills of strength training combined with the style and finesse of high intensity (HIIT) combat. Ages 16 to adult. Please register: https://boone.libnet.info/event/3252810
The series of three concludes with Star Wars Yoga on Saturday, April 4, 10:30 a.m.
Jedi-yogis join the Rebel Alliance for self-empowerment, peace, and unity through a 60 minute yoga and mindfulness practice. Learn how you can use the Force to guide your body and breath. Never practiced yoga? Remember what Yoda said, “Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.” Ages 14 and up. Please register:https://boone.libnet.info/event/3773802
Geek Your Health is a partnership between Northern Kentucky University and Boone County Public Library.
-Guest Blogger Carolyn Noe is the Program Director of Institute for Health Innovation at Northern Kentucky University