Community Education strives to provide you and your child with quality educational and recreational programs, and this is especially true with any classes involving physical activity. Whether you have chosen indoor walking, aerobics, weight training, self-defense, or another course, we want to keep your safety in mind. Please read the following information and complete the waiver. Submit waiver to the Community Education office BEFORE you begin your program.
  • BENEFITS OF EXERCISE - Regular exercise promotes your general health and well-being; it can lower blood pressure, increase circulation, lower your resting heart rate, help to reduce body fat, burn calories, etc. It also provides a positive outlet for stress, improves sleep quality, and promotes a more positive outlook on life. The benefits endure long after your workout is over; for example, your metabolic rate can remain high enough to continue to burn calories at a higher rate.

    AEROBIC FITNESS PARTICIPANTS - Most of our classes are low impact. This is a softer way to enjoy aerobic exercise that eliminates the bounce from routines, therefore minimizing the stress to your back, ankles, and feet. Check the course description or with the instructor if you are unsure about the level of your workout. All classes will include a warm-up to safely prepare you for your aerobic workout, and a cool down with an emphasis on stretching and relaxation.

    WALKING PARTICIPANTS - Your fitness program is much less structured than others we may be offering. The way in which you structure your walking program is left entirely up to you. A building supervisor is available to assist you should a question or problem arise; however, it is up to you to exercise properly to prevent any injuries.

    WEIGHT TRAINING PARTICIPANTS - The use of weights to enhance strength and fitness is a popular choice for many, as it is an activity that can be done with little or no supervision and at your own pace. Our program is designed to provide you with basic information to get started in this direction, with skills to be applied within as well as away from our class setting. Please remember at all times that the room and equipment you will be using can be dangerous if not used properly and within the safety guidelines. Do not attempt anything that is above your ability and always ask for assistance when needed.

    SELF DEFENSE - This program involves physical contact and therefore a risk of injury. If you are suffering from medical conditions involving your neck, back, wrist, knee, muscle strain, heart, hypertension/high blood pressure, etc. you should not participate in this program.

    YOUTH RECREATION ACTIVITIES - These programs for youth of all ages are non-competitive and geared towards participation and skill building. However, MN Statute 121A.323 and MN Statute 121A.045 requires that information and training be accessible to parents/participants about the nature and risks of concussions, including the effects of continuing to play after receiving a concussion. Information/training is available at the CDC Concussion Training Link:

    MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS - Sports are a great way to stay active. You’ll have a great experience participating in our sports programs. Some sports are “in house” and all matches, games and scrimmages are done with participants who have registered for that same activity. Some sports are set up in middle school leagues, this allows for competition with surrounding schools and districts. Each day will begin with a warm up and stretching sequence that will help prevent injury. MN Statute 121A.323 and MN Statute 121A.045 requires that information and training be accessible to parents/participants about the nature and risks of concussions, including the effects of continuing to play after receiving a concussion. Information/training is available at the CDC Concussion Training Link:

    CLOTHING - Wear comfortable clothing that is appropriate to the activity you have chosen. In the heat, always wear lightweight, well-ventilated clothing. Do not wear anything that will interfere with heat loss from your body. Non-breathable garments can lead to heat stress or heat injury. Well fitting shoes are an essential. Please do not attempt to exercise in street shoes, stockings, or barefoot unless it is part of the class, such as yoga.

    EATING AND DRINKING - It is important to replace body fluids that are lost during exercise. In the heat you should drink a lot of water before, during and after class. Don’t wait until you are thirsty. Water will cool your body and maintain safe levels of body fluids. It is also advisable to refrain from eating for two hours before a fitness class.

    BE ON TIME AND DON’T RUSH - Please get to class early enough to allow for proper warm-up exercises. If you do arrive late it is your responsibility to perform the warm-up routines before joining in with the class. When exercising on your own, don’t cheat yourself—be sure to allow time for a safe warm-up and end your workout slowly.

    PACING YOURSELF - It is your responsibility to pace yourself, whether in class or out on your own. Only you know how your body is responding to the workout. Slow down a bit if you begin to feel overexerted. Walking with relaxed arms will help achieve this—do not stop suddenly, and remember to breathe fully. If you feel the “burn” during muscle strengthening exercises, stop and gently stretch out that muscle. A burning sensation indicates a buildup of lactic acid. If you feel soreness later, gentle stretching will help. If you feel extremely sore, you overdid it and should slow down the next few classes.

    FREQUENCY - To achieve or maintain your fitness level, it is recommended to exercise at least three times each week. You might want to include a variety of exercise types such as walking, swimming, or biking. Fitness is a process that is obtained one step at a time. With a regular program, you can begin to see results within six to eight weeks.
  • SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS - It is the responsibility of the participant to consult with their physician and obtain their consent before participating in a fitness program. This is especially true if:

    • You are over 30 years old
    • You have high blood pressure
    • You have a history of heart problems
    • You have diabetes
    • You are overweight by more than 20 pounds
    • You are pregnant
    • You have high cholesterol
    • You smoke
    • You have history of lung problems
    • You have muscle, joint, or back problems that may be aggravated by this exercise
    • You are previously inactive or new to a fitness program
    • You have a chronic illness
    • You are currently taking medication

    If you are aware of any medical condition that may be affected by or affect exercise, you must obtain a physician’s consent and inform your instructor or the supervisor before beginning.

    Please sign this waiver form and submit it to the Community Education office before you begin your program. Keep a copy for future reference.

    BY CHECKING THE BOX BELOW, I verify I have read the above safety information and understand the need for a physician’s approval for participation in the ISD 728 Community Education or Community Recreation fitness program which I have chosen. In consideration of your accepting this registration, I hereby, for myself, my heirs, executives, and administrators, waive and release any and all rights and claims for damages I may have against ISD 728, Community Education, its staff, representatives, successors, and assigns for any and all injuries suffered by me while participating in this program.
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