I've been part of the Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District from the very beginning, serving on the board when we built the first rec center in the 1980's, and have utilized the facility and programs ever since. Getting to the rec center at 5:30 am and taking part in a different activity everyday (racquetball, Bodypump, spin and boot camp) is the perfect way to start my days without getting bored or burned out. Having exercised for a couple of hours is the best way to add balance and health in my life.
Having friends to work out with and instructors that are fun and motivating keeps me consistent in my exercise. It has just become a part of my life and what I do rather than a program that I'm on and has made it easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle over the years. When you have people that you see almost daily and an instructor pushing you, you work much harder than you ever would alone.
The camaraderie with the patrons and staff has led us to doing runs outside the rec center and in 2022, the District was able to sponsor a group trip to the Manitou Incline. It was a lot of fun and hopefully, we'll have more group field trips in the future.
Several years ago, at the age of 40, I found out that I have high blood pressure and was at a crossroads, either get healthy or be on medications and have other issues for the rest of my life. I chose to get in better shape, so if I can do this so can you! It is never too late to start.