Get Active in 2011

Did you know the average person gains 7 to 10 pounds during the holiday season? There are tricks to avoiding this unwanted gain; don’t go to social engagements on an empty stomach, drink plenty of water, don’t forget those fruits and vegetables, and make time to keep up your physical activity. Resist that after meal nap and opt for a 15 minute walk to stimulate your digestion and to help alleviate that full feeling.

If you find yourself in this situation, the Recreation Department is here to help you. We are starting the year with a Challenge to “Get Active in 2011”. We are hosting a New Year’s Day 5k; it’s a late start for those who need a little extra sleep or cup of coffee. This 5k is designed for all abilities and will serve as the kick-off event for our Fitness Challenge.

The Recreation Department’s theme for the new year is “Get Active in 2011”. Wikipedia defines active as “A lifestyle characterized by frequent or various social, intellectual, and physical activities”. The fitness challenge will help you keep moving and active with fitness classes, organized walks, discounted and free classes, and a group question and answer session with a personal trainer. Stay motivated with a training log while you acquire points for prizes at the end of the challenge.

Staying active outdoors is easy but you will need to take extra precautions when going out into the elements to hike, snow shoe, or backcountry ski. Always take a day pack with water, extra layers, sun screen, snacks, first aid kit, water proof matches, extra socks, head lamp, compass,  and your fully charged cell phone. Leave a note or tell someone where you are going and what time you plan to return.

The holiday season is a great time to give back to your community. There are many avenues for giving in Salida and Chaffee County and it’s easy. You can give your time and physical self to help build trails, you can give your time to mentor a child, you can give your cast-offs to someone who needs them, you can make a donation to a food bank, or you can give money to a local organization. There are ways to give that cost nothing except your kind words or deeds, shovel your neighbors walk, take a meal to someone less fortunate, teach a child to catch, read to someone, or visit a nursing home.

Stay in shape this holiday season by making time for you and giving yourself the time to go to those social engagements, take it easy on the often rich food served, stimulate your mind by reading to a child or elderly person, and be physically active indoors or out.