No Couch Potatoes is a teen program that meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday in the Edge. Natalie Sykes, a trained physical therapist, leads the program with her knowledge of cardiovascular excercise, muscle training and kickboxing techniques. At the end of each program participants are offered a healthy snack. Last Thursday the snack included fruit salsa and flour tortilla chips.
Cardiovascular exercise is activity that involves the large muscles like the legs and helps make your heart and lungs stronger. It also has lots of health benefits like lowering your blood pressure and burning calories.
Natalie uses kickboxing techniques to get the teens moving and using their muscles. Basic moves are the jab, hook, uppercut, front kick and back lunge. After they have mastered all the moves Natialie puts all the moves to music for a short syncronized routine