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Back To School

By Doug Nelson
Community Center Manager

The transition to autumn weather usually brings a reduction in outdoor recreation. Do you plan to hibernate for the winter like so many others? Don’t let the gray skies and misty air derail your fitness routine. I suggest embracing this “Back to School” time of year; and trying out a new fitness routine, exercise class, meal plan….or all of the above. It is completely understandable if you fall into the same trap that many Americans do. “The days are getting shorter, it’s dark when I wake up, it’s dark when I get home from work, it’s cold, windy and rainy, it’s football season, we have guests at the house”….. excuses, excuses, I’ve heard them all! Continue reading “Back To School”

Healthy for Life

By Doug Nelson
Community Center Manager

What is a “lifetime sport” anyway? Well, simply put, it is an activity or sport that you can do for your entire life. Finding a sport you enjoy playing is the key to longevity. You are much more likely to invest time and money into a pastime if you are having a blast while doing it. As we progress into our sixties and beyond, staying healthy and fit becomes more important and more challenging. While improved health and fitness – not to mention looking and feeling great – are great incentives for starting an exercise program, they are usually weak motivators over the long haul. If you choose sporting activities where the goals include having fun, learning a new skill, improving performance, and meeting new people, the byproducts of health and fitness are sure to come! Continue reading “Healthy for Life”

Healthy Choices for Kids

Healthy Choices for Kids
By Doug Nelson
Community Center Manager

It’s hard to get our kids to make good decisions when it comes to health. The best lesson I’ve learned over the years, as a parent, is that we need to lead by example. Good or bad, our kids develop many of their behaviors from what we say or do. My wife and I have always lead active lives, be it team sports, school or social activities, outdoor recreation, and so on. We believe these habits instill in our kids the benefits of being physically and socially active. Continue reading “Healthy Choices for Kids”

Beat the Summer Heat

Beat the Summer Heat
Doug Nelson
Community Center Manager

As long-time residents of the Pacific Northwest, we can’t wait for our warm, sunny days. You can also say that we suffer through all the different types of weather that fall, winter, and spring can throw at us just so we can enjoy three months of beautiful weather. And if memory serves, a Northwest icon used to sing, “The bluest skies you’ve seen are in Seattle.” Sometimes our summertime weather can get extremely hot. We don’t experience it often, so we don’t always know what to do to stay safe. I’d like to share a few tips for staying cool when summer temperatures rise to dangerous levels. Continue reading “Beat the Summer Heat”

Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go

By Doug Nelson
Community Center Manager

April is a popular month for parks activities and outdoor recreation. It is common for local cities and park districts to host Parks Appreciation events that attract park volunteers and lovers of the outdoors. When you get the itch to get outdoors and enjoy this spring and summer weather, here are some things you need to know before you go. Continue reading “Know Before You Go”