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Five healthy summer activities in Northern Colorado

July 18, 2014

Ah, summer. The sun, the fun, the outdoors! Northern Colorado, home to Colorado State University, is packed with lots of activities to get you outside and moving. Many CSU students enjoy walking, biking, or jogging around the beautiful campus.

Five ways to stay healthy

Here are some tips from Brittni Jensen, director of the Adult Fitness Program in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at CSU, for adding a summer twist to your workout routine.

1. Get your nature walk on 

Thanks to our local Larimer County Department of Natural Resources, you can enjoy the benefits of a long walk through the beautiful Red Feather Lakes area. Guides will lead you on a three-hour tour (cue the Gilligan's Island music!) where you're given time to stop and get those creative juices flowing. Write a poem or capture the beauty of the lakes in a painting. It's good for the body and the soul!

June Nature Notes Club

2. Paddle your way to great arms

Paddleboards are available for rent on the nearby Horsetooth Reservoir. Paddleboarding offers some great resistance training work for your upper body, not to mention the excellent balance and core workout you'll receive.

3. Practice yoga with a view 

This summer, Red Rocks presents Yoga on the Rocks. Participate with yogis from all around in one of the greatest settings Colorado has to offer. This is an invigorating way to start your morning and is sure to elicit the calm serenity of yoga coupled with the natural beauty of the outdoors.

4. Hone those endurance biking skills

Fort Collins is definitely a biking town and there are tons of great summer bike races, trails to explore, and bike-centered events. It's sure to get your heart (and legs) pumping! http://www.fcgov.com/bicycling/

5. Go 40, Love

If learning the lifetime sport of tennis has always been on your bucket list, why not make this the summer you try it out? Lewis Tennis School offers lessons for adults throughout the summer. Or, if you'd rather just hit a few serves with some friends, reserve one of the many courts available around Fort Collins.


Contact: Gretchen Gerding
E-mail: Gretchen.Gerding@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-5182