Northwest Arkansas

How to Start a Workout Habit

A teacher once told me that it is far easier to form a habit than to break one. Even if you get rid of some (the h), you still have “a bit” left over. He, of course, was discouraging bad habits in our developing minds but I am reminded of it every time I hear someone complain about finding time to exercise. When you make being active a habit, it becomes less about finding time and more about making time.

There are many theories on just how long it takes to form a habit. Some say 21 days, some say 40. Science has proven habits can form in as little as 18 while for some it takes 254!! No matter what science tells us though, the habit of exercise will never form if you don’t take that first step.

People are often surprised to hear that I have 5 children and still find time to be fit.

I love to involve my children into my fitness routine. It is recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of active play in a day; adults would benefit greatly from the same advice. The Jones Center offers a wide variety of kid geared classes like dance, gymnastics, Aikido, hockey and ice skating lessons. While the kids are busy, you can exercise in the fitness center, join a group fitness class like Spin, Zumba or Yoga. When you are both done, hit the leisure pool! Did you know that the Jones Center is a park-and-ride location for the Razorback Greenway? You can take advantage of Northwest Arkansas’s beauty while still having access to a secure parking location and clean amenities. Take hikes, go for a bike ride or swim, break it down in an after dinner dance party, just get moving. Before you know it, that habit will form and you will look forward to making time for fitness.

Not sure how to get started? The trainers at the Jones Center offer a monthly class just for you!

Fitness 101 is a new, monthly program designed to walk members through the fitness center and explain the basics of the equipment. We also offer personal training sessions to help jump start your fitness journey. While we are currently focusing on our Iron Man Challenge, in the coming weeks you will start to see information a 5k running program. Beginner or advanced, all are welcome to join our 6-week challenge ending with a full 5k race. We will offer group runs and coaching throughout the challenge.

I look forward to seeing you all around the center forming positive habits!

Guest blogger: Betsy McCall, Fitness Coordinator

6-Week Triathlon Challenge

Go get it. Do something you’ve never done before.

January has come and gone, but you've never been into new year's resolutions anyway. You've always wanted to do something new, something exciting, but searching out what that is takes time. 

Well, you've found it. A 6-week Triathlon. This activity has all the benefits of accomplishing something amazing while not having to torture your body through 14 hours of a grueling race in 1-day's time. 

Our facility can accommodate all of your miles.

Swim laps in our junior-Olympic sized lap pool. 

Swim laps in our junior-Olympic sized lap pool. 

Bike on our spin bikes during a class or bring your bike to the Center and cycle around our 1-mile outdoor trail.

Bike on our spin bikes during a class or bring your bike to the Center and cycle around our 1-mile outdoor trail.

Run the outdoor trail, indoor track, or treadmills. 

Run the outdoor trail, indoor track, or treadmills. 

There are plenty of options, and it's up to you to document your mileage, so we're not going to be looking over your shoulder to make sure you complete this. You can do it!

From February 1-March 11, you get to manually log your own miles to accomplish something you never have before. The best part: all competitors who complete the mileage get a finisher's t-shirt. 

You've still got time to sign up, but the longer you wait, the less time you have to finish your mileage. 

You can register in person at the reception desk, by phone at 479-756-8090, or online at Cost is only $10


After the Snow Falls: The Frozen Event

The Center has thawed back out after the Frozen event, but it was an amazing afternoon on July 25th.  From 12-3 pm, there was singing with the soundtrack, photo booths, face painting, coloring, and best of all: ice skating with the princesses from Frozen (Once Upon a Party NWA). 

What was your favorite part of the afternoon? We loved giving away an awesome gift basket via social media contest using the hashtag #JCFrozenSkate and by "Checking In" at the Center on Facebook and Instagram. 


Which princess would you like to see come to the Center next time? #JCFrozenSkate