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Recreation Zone
by Patty Sullivan
Recreation Program Coordinator
Boulder City Parks & Recreation Department

Get In Shape
What are we all striving for in life but happiness? Trying to pinpoint what makes us truly happy can sometimes be elusive. I think one attribute we can all agree on that leads to happiness is feeling good. Feeling physically fit takes a commitment on an individual’s part. The ability to manage one’s time to accommodate for activities to keep fit must be placed high on life’s list of priorities to get results that count.

Let’s face it; once you’ve gotten out of the habit of daily physical activity, it’s difficult to get back on track. A good way to get on track is to start devoting fifteen minutes per day to do some stretches, take a short walk or any activity to get your blood flowing and your muscles moving. Every three to four days add an extra five minutes to the length of your activity until you feel you have enough stamina and mobility to take it to the next level. Okay, great; you’re ready to take the next step. Get your hands on the Boulder City Parks and Recreation Department Brochure you received in the mail and see what’s in it for you.

To continue stretching exercises, you can take Tai Chi and/or Yoga Monday and Wednesdays between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., and if you need an evening class, Yoga is offered on Monday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. If you like the idea of getting a lot of bang for your buck or the most out of your time commitment to exercise, I suggest you visit the Community Fitness Center located in ABC Park. The cardio vascular and weight equipment can be used at a beginner level and attendants can help you get started. For maximum results, you can schedule an appointment with a personal trainer. There’s also a good chance you’ll run into someone you know. Your reward for a good workout may be connecting with an old friend or making a new one.

For those of you who suffer from chronic pain or limited mobility, my heart goes out to you. For you folks, I recommend you connect with the City Pool. They have some wonderful programs and water therapy that just plain feels good even if all you can do is float or walk in the pool. The pool also has several classes that will challenge you and really get your heart pumping with minimal stress. Remember to ask about the cross-training the pool offers.

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