Holiday Weight Gain: Myth or Reality?

By Doug Nelson
Community Center Manager

Scale photographI’ve done my own personal and professional research on the topic of holiday weight gain, and I have bad and good news. Studies indicate that holiday weight gain is real, but how much weight we lose on average is greatly exaggerated. I’ve heard stories about seven pounds of weight gain, but luckily it is closer to one and a half. Statistics aside, the better story is, “Why do we gain weight during the holidays, and how do we lose it after?” Continue reading “Holiday Weight Gain: Myth or Reality?”

Pre-Season Ski Conditioning

By Doug Nelson
Community Center Manager

Alright skiers! All the local weather experts are predicting above average snowfall for the season. You’ve got a lot of things to get in order; gear, clothing, seasons pass, free up some weekend time…
…and the last thing you’ll think of (or not at all) is getting in shape! There’s a reason why all the local knee surgeons love the ski season. Make that two reasons: one – they can afford to pay for lift tickets and two – their waiting rooms will be filled with injured skiers. Continue reading “Pre-Season Ski Conditioning”

Setting Goals for Health and Fitness

There is a popular adage often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Planning, in the sense of health and fitness, is similar to goal setting. Oftentimes when it comes to our health and fitness intentions, we start off like “gangbusters” only to fizzle out and fade away. If we have a well thought out plan to stick to with measurable targets we are far more likely to get results. This is where goal setting comes in. Continue reading “Setting Goals for Health and Fitness”

Fall Season Activities

By Doug Nelson
Community Center Manager

Summer is almost over, but you don’t have to stop enjoying the outdoors when school starts back up again. We are blessed in the Northwest with summertime weather that often extends into September and October. Cool and pleasant temperatures to begin and end the day allow us to find adventure without the extreme heat of summer. Fall is one of my favorite times to go “adventuring” in the great northwest. Hopefully some of my ideas and tips will encourage you to get out and play! Continue reading “Fall Season Activities”

Family Fitness

By Doug Nelson
Community Center Manager

Whether we like it or not parents, we are role models for our kids when it comes to fitness and wellness. And in most cases, the apple never falls too far from the tree. This might be a startling revelation for many of us, especially when we struggle to meet our own fitness goals. I have great news for you! You can go out and play with your child (or grandchild) and in most cases it will count as a workout. The benefits don’t stop there, as this time spent with a loved one will bring you physical, emotional, and social profits.

“I’m having so much fun, this can’t be a workout!”

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