Healthy Things to Do in Castle Rock
Now that’s it’s officially 2017, can you hear that nagging whisper calling you back to healthy living? You’re not alone! If the holidays got your food and exercise regimen off track, here are a few ideas that can help you reinvent some healthy habits in the New Year.
So far this winter, the weather has been mild enough to pound the pavement outdoors, either solo, with a friend or your favorite canine. If you want to venture past your regular route, head over to Rhyolite Regional Park at 1701 Crystal Valley Pkwy. The park has easy and moderate trails (leashed dogs are allowed) with paved and native surfaces and lots of natural scenery.
Did you know about this perk to exercising outside in the winter? Research shows that exercising in the cold burns fat quicker than more at more comfortable temperatures because the deposits of “brown fat” are activated as our bodies try to get warmer faster.
When it gets too cold for you outside, you can still break a sweat inside. The Pinnacle Fitness Center* at Crystal Valley (2160 Fox Haven Dr.), which has been undergoing renovation, typically has group Zuma, yoga, and Pilates classes. Or you can design your own workouts on the treadmills and pump iron with an assortment of free weights.
*(Non-residents are also welcome in YMCA-operated fitness classes.)
If you want to swim a few wintertime laps, there’s a 25-yard indoor pool at the Castle Rock Recreation Center at 2301 Woodlands Blvd. The rec center has racquetball and Wallyball courts (and lessons), an indoor track, fitness studio and gymnasium. There are over 100 fitness classes every week for men, women, brides-to-be, seniors and youth, whether you want to slim down or build strength and endurance.
Admission for freestyling your own fitness activities is by the day, or you can buy three, six and 12-month passes. The different classes, lessons and fitness programs are priced separately.
The Philip S. Miller Activity Complex at 1375 W. Plum Creek Parkway has a leisure pool with four-lap lanes, vortex whirlpool, slide and zero-depth area, plus a children’s play structure with a 23-foot tall slide and a climbing structure.
This “crown jewel” of the 270-acre Philip S. Miller Park also has an 18-hole golf simulator, full-sized and half-sized synthetic field – all indoors — plus, a jumping area with 16 trampolines.
Admission is by the day, or again, you can buy a three, six or 12-month pass.
If you want to challenge your body with a more intense physical workout, there are Cross Fit and Krav Maga classes in Castle Rock, as well as martial arts classes and for all you Castle Rockettes, a variety of dance classes.
Healthy Living in Crystal Valley
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