10/19/12

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Four Pre-Holiday Fall Fitness Tips

As the wind blows colorful leaves off of trees, and the days grow noticeably shorter, chances are that improving your fitness may not be your top priority. Even so, fall will soon turn into the season of holiday goodies – a time when it pays to be fit. With the holiday season just around the corner, fall is a great time to enhance your overall fitness. Keep reading for some fun tips on how to do just this.

This fall, avoid fitness boredom with a group fitness class.

Avoid fitness boredom with a group fitness class.

1. Get your heart pumping with a group fitness class. If you’re stuck in a fitness rut, try a group fitness class. Not only will you make new social connections, but you’ll also take your fitness level up a notch. “Group fitness classes help you avoid boredom while getting a great workout,” Lauralee Beerman, manager at The Sports Club at Garden of the Gods Club, said.

This article describes how you are also more likely to get a well-rounded workout when attending a group fitness class, as instructors generally demonstrate how to properly perform exercises. Working out in a group setting also provides extra motivation and accountability. The Sports Club at Garden of the Gods Club offers an excellent variety of group fitness classes, including Zumba, yoga, indoor cycling, and more.

2. Cross-train during the off season. The cooler months are the “off season” for many athletes, including golfers. If this includes you, take advantage of this time by using it for sport-specific or muscle-specific training. “The personal trainers at the Sports Club use bio-mechanical optimization techniques to target weak muscles and then strengthen them accordingly,” Lauralee said. “Our trainers are also working with Titleist Performance Institute to help golfers increase their fitness.” Whether you’re a golfer, tennis player, runner, or other type of athlete, cross-training can help improve your performance.

3. Boost energy with B vitamins. As described in this article, B vitamins are essential for maintaining an optimum energy level. They are essential for the production of neurotransmitters, are needed to make healthy blood cells, and also help the brain function properly.  “Many people unintentionally deprive themselves of key B vitamins like B12, folic acid, and choline when they diet in preparation for the holiday season,” Lauralee said. “Cutting out carbs, a source of B vitamins, can leave you lacking energy.” To boost energy, opt for foods rich in B vitamins, such as whole grains, leafy green veggies, vegetables, potatoes, nuts, eggs, milk, and fortified cereals. To learn about more foods that are rich in B vitamins, click here.

Enjoy the fall air and light exercise with a family visit to a pumpkin patch.

Enjoy the fall air and light exercise with a family visit to a pumpkin patch.

4. Make fitness a family event. It’s often difficult to fit in fitness – especially if that means taking time away from your family. Fortunately, fall provides ample opportunities to make fitness a family affair. You can always visit a pumpkin patch or corn maze, or involve the children in prepping the yard for winter. Who doesn’t love jumping into a big pile of leaves? And, raking them afterward will provide extra exercise. Enjoy the lovely fall air by taking the family out for a bike ride or visiting a local walking or hiking trail. You can also head to the park for a family game of soccer or football. Enjoy fresh air and exercise while spending valuable time with your family.

This year, you can embrace the holiday season with renewed energy and vigor by improving your fitness throughout the fall season. Tomorrow (Saturday, October 20) from 8 am to 12 pm, GGC Members will have the opportunity to bring guests to an “open house” at the Sports Club, where they will enjoy a full spread of autumn-inspired refreshments, learn about staying fit during fall and winter, and participate in group fitness classes like Nia, Yoga, Circuit Training, and Zumba. Guests who sign up for a Sports Membership at the open house will receive one month of complimentary dues. Membership at The Sports Club at Garden of the Gods Club includes access to a variety of group fitness classes, personal training, a full Pilates studio, and more. If you do not know any GGC Members but would like to attend the open house, or if you’d like to learn more about sports memberships at GGC, we encourage you to contact Sports Club Manager Lauralee Beerman at 719.329.4009 or lbeerman@ggclub.com.

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