Happy New Year! With the new year comes the many resolutions people make. Of course, maybe the most popular is to exercise and lose weight. There is nothing wrong with that resolution and if you start and stick to it, then it can be a life changer for you. There are many places to exercise in Highlands Ranch, and if you live here then you may already know how easy it can be to find a place to exercise and get fit.The place almost seems to be made for it. Highlands Ranch Community Association runs 4 different recreation centers throughout Highlands Ranch. There are the Westridge Rec Center, Northridge, Eastridge and Southridge. There is one nearby no matter where you live.
For many folks, even the thought of exercising can get exhausting! I’m not kidding. I think the key is just to start. Make the decision and go do it. There are plenty of different exercise options and it may be good to start with something you like to do. Make this fun. Do you like weight lifting? Swimming? Jogging? Maybe cycling like I do, whatever it is start there. In Highlands Ranch, exercise doesn’t need to be at the rec centers. There are miles of outdoor trails and parks to walk, bike or just play. Spring and summer are usually better suited for outdoor exercise, right now it is cold out there!
You may like to exercise in a class or group. Highlands Ranch makes this easy enough. There are so many different classes for all kinds of fitness and sports of all ages and abilities. If you want the motivation and guidance of a personal trainer, they are available and helpful as well.
In Highlands Ranch, there are several options other than just the HRCA rec centers. One of the most popular is the 24 Hour Fitness facility at C470/Broadway. Everything you want in a fitness center along with all the help you need from trainers and classes is here for you. Another option that seems to be gaining popularity is OrangeTheory Fitness in Highlands Ranch. This is a smaller, specialized place that seems to be working for a lot of people.
I began a regular exercise program for myself last June. I decided that I needed to lose weight and get fit. I began to ride my mountain bike along the Highline Canal trail every morning. Gradually I increased my distance and soon it became a regular part of my day and I looked forward to the joy of being out on the trail and listening to my music on the headphones. As it became colder out, I’ve moved that in to the Westridge Rec center on the stationary bikes. Still get in the great workout and the bonus is now I dip in the hot tub a couple times a week afterward and that itself is rewarding.
I have found that setting goals, monitoring activity and if you are looking to actually lose weight, then writing down your calories every time you eat something is very helpful and tells you right where you are. You need tools for this. With the calorie counting, mine is VERY technical. I get a scratch pad and write down the calories for each day. 🙂 This actually may be the best of all for weight loss. If you’re honest, it keeps you in line. It’s not out of site on a computer or spreadsheet, it is right there in your face and you are hand writing it every time you eat something. For other goals, I use some free online and app based tools. I track my goals using a cool tool at IrunUrun and my biking at Map My Fitness. They have app’s for tracking running, walking, biking, hiking, etc..very useful and fun to use. Whatever you use, just do it, track it and then enjoy the results!! Have fun.
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