Category Archives: Trends in Fitness

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What Are The Benefits Of Pedometers?

people walkingArticle by Rachel Nelson via

A device smaller than a cell phone that clips to your belt, a pedometer counts  your daily steps to help you determine how active you are in a day. By using a  pedometer to monitor your steps and increasing the amount of steps you take, you  can achieve the health benefits of burning more calories.

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Inspiration: A dad’s journey to be one of the fittest men in the world

Video by CNN

We were inspired by this man’s journey to become one of the fittest men in the world. His story is proof that all of us , no matter our age or starting fitness level, can change our health and our lives.

Have an inspiring story that keeps you motivated? Share with us on Facebook!

Rich Roll and “Finding Ultra”


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Today is the Day (9/15)! Join the Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge and see who won Walk Riverside!

It’s 6:22 am and we are already up and getting ready for today’s BIG event at White Park! We hope you can make it out! The Celebration will take place from 9am to 12pm, with Mayor Loveridge announcing the winner of the Challenge at around 9:05am! I know it’s early on a Saturday, but we are trying to beat the heat, so come on out! There will be fitness demos from Karla Adams, Reveille Studio, and Riverside Community Health Foundation  and all of the screenings you need to get enrolled in the Challenge! Plus, facepainting for the kids and free passes to local fitness centers for the adults!

Parking is free downtown on weekends!

Who are you starting R.I.G.H.T. for?


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Start R.I.G.H.T. Kickoff Event Details, Directions, and Parking

Hello Everyone!

We sincerly hope you’ll be able to make the Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge Kickoff this Saturday, September 15 at White Park in Downtown Riverside (see map here).  The event will talk place from 9am to 12pm — Mayor Loveridge will speak just after 9am to award the title of “Riverside’s Fitness Neighborhood” to the winning neighborhood of the Walk Riverside Competition. You’ll be able to register for the Challenge — we’ll have all the screenings you need to get started! We’ll also have some fitness demos, including Zumba and Yoga, throughout the day, as well as nutrition, wellness, and fitness booths for you to check out. Please enter White Park through the Market Street enterence (the other gates will be closed.)

Parking Information

There is no parking lot for White Park. However, parking is free downtown on the weekends! There are free lots across Market Street in front of City Hall and also a free praking garage on the corner of Market and 9th. Plus, there is a bunch of street parking all around White Park.

What if you can’t make the event?  

Can’t make this weekend’s event, but still want to be a part of the Challenge? You don’t have to be at this weekend’s event to be a part of the Challenge — you can register for the Challenge here under the “My Passport” tab. Just enter your most recent numbers and print off your Start R.I.G.H.T. Access Pass to gain administion to Challenge events and take advantage of special offers only available to Start R.I.G.H.T. participants. You can get a listing of the events on this website’s calendar and there is a downloadable version abvailable when you are logged into the “My Passport” Application.

If you have any further questions, send them to

Thanks and see you Saturday,

The Team at Start R.I.G.H.T. Campaign and Challenge and

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The Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge Update — New partners added!

Family on BikesWe’ve been excited and encouraged by the great support we’ve got from area health and fitness businesses to take part in the Start R.I.G.H.T. (Riverside Is Getting Health Together) Challenge. The Challenge will last from September 15 through November 17, and will provide a range of free health education, nutrition, and fitness classes for Challenge participants. In the past week,  Room To Dance, Reveille, Necessary Nutrition, and T3 Fitness all made commitments to host free classes and workshops for Start R.I.G.H.T. participants, and more partners are coming in each day! The Challenge is free to sign-up for and open to anyone who lives or works in Riverside and is over the age of 18.There will be a $500 prize for the person who loses the most weight during the Challenge and two $300 prizes for the people who attend the most events.

You can sign up for the Challenge under the “My Passport” tab on this website or you can come out to the kickoff event on Saturday, September 15 from 9am to noon at White Park in Downtown Riverside. We’ll be providing all the screenings you need to get registered for the Challenge. We hope to see you there!

Finally, tell us why you are starting R.I.G.H.T. on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


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Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge is Just Around the Corner!

You may have noticed a new button on our homepage called “My Passport,” which is a sure sign that the first-ever Start R.I.G.H.T. (Riverside Is Getting Healthy Together) Challenge is just around the corner. Here’s the press release announcing the event! We’ve also just found out we’ll be able to offer prizes! $500 for the person who loses the most weight and two $300 prizes for participation.


Riverside Is Getting Healthy Together:
City-Wide, Healthy-Living Challenge Set

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (August 31, 2012 ) – To promote healthy living and shine a light on some of the great wellness activities offered in Riverside, the City of Riverside and its partners are hosting the first-ever, city-wide Start R.I.G.H.T. (Riverside Is Getting Health Together) Challenge. The Challenge will begin with a kickoff event on Saturday, September 15, at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at White Park in Downtown Riverside. The event will include Challenge registration, information booths, Zumba and fitness demos, free screenings, and Mayor Loveridge will announce the winner of the title of “Riverside’s Fittest Neighborhood,” which is given to the winning neighborhood of the Walk Riverside Competition.

“The Start R.I.G.H.T. campaign represents the culmination of Riverside’s efforts to become a more fit, fresh, and fun community. By challenging Riversiders to eat, move, and live right for eight weeks, we hope to encourage lifelong habits of healthy living across the City,” said Mayor Ron Loveridge.
The 8-week Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge will offer participants access to free health education, nutrition, and fitness activities, as well as a free online tracking tool through The Challenge is completely free and open to anyone 18 and older who lives or works in Riverside. There will also be prizes for the person who participates in the most Start R.I.G.H.T. activities and a cash prize for the top three people who lose the most weight during the Challenge! The Challenge ends on November 17. Registration for the Challenge began on September 1st at In order for participants to be eligible for prizes, they must enter the competition by September 25, 2012.

“We are excited to offer a program like this here in Riverside,” said Stephanie Smith, Director of Health Education for Riverside Community Health Foundation and Chair of the Start R.I.G.H.T. Campaign & Challenge Committee. “Other cities have achieved great success with similar programs, and we hope that happens here.” Oklahoma City’s “OKC Million Challenge” helped city residents to lose one million pounds collectively, and local cities like Chino and Fontana have launched city health initiatives also.

As part of Fit, Fresh & Fun, the Start R.I.G.H.T. Campaign and Challenge are part of a city-wide initiative to motivate and provide the education for Riverside residents to start living healthier lifestyles, with the ultimate goal of reducing Riverside’s obesity and overweight percentages. The Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge is led by Riverside Community Health Foundation. For more information about the Challenge and partnership opportunities, contact Stephanie Smith at 951.788.3471 or at

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Start R.I.G.H.T. Kickoff and Closing of Walk Riverside Competition Set for Sept. 15

Hello Everyone! We are excited to announce we finally have a venue for our Start R.I.G.H.T. Kickoff Event and the close of the Walk Riverside Competition! September 15th at White Park from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. We’ll have free screenings that day, as well as computers to help people get enrolled for the Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge and Mayor Loveridge will award the title for the Riverside’s Fittest Neighborhood! More details below. Please share with your friends!

Tell us why you are starting R.I.G.H.T. on Facebook and Twitter!

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Walk Riverside Spotlight: Downtown

Dick and Donna Wing

Dick and Donna Wing of downtown Riverside. Check out Dick's great shoes!

We were so excited to receive an update from some of our Downtown Walk Riverside participants! (Downtown recently stole the lead from the Wood Streets to become the leading neighborhood in the competition.)

Dick and Donna Wing, who both teach at UCR, have ALREADY reached their goal to walk 100 miles by September, 15th. Donna has actually logged 104 miles since the beginning of the challenge! The couple has now set their sights on walking 200 miles by the completion of the Walk Riverside challenge. Amazingly, Dick recently had knee replacement surgery on both legs — way to go Dick!

Congrats to Dick and Donna for helping their neighborhood take the lead in the challenge and thanks for sharing your story.

Happy Walking,

The Team at

PS — Share your Walk Riverside success stories with us at

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Educational Bike Tour of Long Beach

Sat July 14th – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Long Beach by Bike with Riverside Mobility Adviser Charlie Gandy

On this easy, 8-mile loop ride Charlie will share Long Beach’s innovative pilot programs and infrastructure that have moved the city rapidly into #19 of the most bike friendly cities in the nation. The goal of this ride is to spark fresh ideas, projects and advocacy for bicycling in Riverside.

Space limit: 25. About 10 bikes are available via Bike Long Beach for those who don’t have them or can’t bring them along. Time is included for a non hosted lunch. Sunscreen, a sweater, and water highly recommended. Please rsvp to Brandi Becker at or call her at (951) 826-2306.

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Trend Alert!

Two new classes are coming to Riverside!

1. Hot Hula Hot Hula DVD Cover

HOT HULA fitness® is a fun, new and exciting dance workout.  It provides a “total body workout” in 6o minutes.  HOT HULA fitness ® isolates your larger muscle groups, increasing strength and definition to your core with specific emphasis on the abs, glutes, quads and arms.  Inspired by the dances of the Pacific Islands, HOT HULA fitness®incorporates easy to perform dance movements set to the sounds of traditional Polynesian drum beats fused with funky Reggae music, resulting in a modern, hip fitness workout.  All ages and fitness levels will enjoy HOT HULA fitness®.

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