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Fit for the season

Local fitness centers offer tips on staying healthy in Craig's winter wonderland

John Vandelinder

— The winter season is here, and Mother Nature will do her best to keep Craig residents indoors during the cold months.

Tammy Workman, assistant manager at Trapper Fitness Center, said although it will be cold outside, that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside.

“There are plenty of different things you can do to stay in shape during the winter,” she said. “If you still want to be outside, just make sure you protect your lungs.”

She mentioned cross-country skiing, snowshoe walking and trail hiking as simple steps to keeping fit while having fun outdoors.

Karrie Booth, co-owner of Holistic Health & Fitness, said the everyday outdoor routine can be used to your advantage, in an effort to stay fit.

“Shovel the snow instead of using a snow blower,” she said. “Play with your kids. Have snowball fights and make snowmen. There is no snow yet, so rake the leaves. They are inexpensive ways to keep in shape.”

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Being outside in Craig’s winter wonderland not what your looking for? Both clubs offer solutions.

“There are cheap videotapes and DVDs you can purchase that will help get you started in the right direction,” Workman said. “You can run in place, do jumping jacks and body weight stuff like push-ups. You can run up and down your stairs and that will work.”

“Not going outside isn’t an excuse,” Booth said. “You can spend a few bucks at a store and get a jump rope that you can use in your living room. Sitting on a ball will work your body’s core. Vacuuming and doing household chores is another thing you can do to keep on top of your body.”

Booth stressed the importance of being hydrated, stretching and having a plan of action before starting a fitness routine.

“The first thing I ask people when they come to see me is how much water they are drinking,” she said. “The average person should drink a gallon of water each day. That’s a good standard for body maintenance.”

For those who choose to partake in a fitness routine, Workman and Booth stressed the importance of starting light and working your way up.

“You have to start slow,” Workman said. “You have to know your body. Don’t try for a miracle out there. Fitness is not a quick fix.”

Booth had similar sentiments.

“You have to listen to your body,” she said. “Start off doing 10 minutes at a time. If you get up to three 20-minute sessions per week, you’ll be in good shape. If you fail to plan, you’ll plan to fail.”

The fitness clubs also offer up ways to stay fit.

Each has a diverse array of programs, designed to cater to all different fitness levels.

“We have weightlifting, racquetball, basketball and aerobics, just to name a few,” Workman said. “We offer a wide range of activities through all the levels of fitness.”

Booth said her club is starting a coed fit camp beginning Jan. 2 that will cater to a wide array of schedules.

“We are looking at morning and evening sessions and the possibility of providing day care for parents,” she said. “We have a bunch of programs available for everyone.”

John Vandelinder can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com