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Winter Harrisburg Fitness

jumping-jacksWhen it comes to the cold weather, the only thing I want to do is lie down and do absolutely nothing.  I mean, seriously, who wants to do anything other than snuggle under a blanket?

But apparently that’s really not the way to beat the blues.  The way to beat the winter blues is actually by exercising!  Aah! That doesn’t sound like fun!  But I read recently – and my girlfriend keeps confirming it (very into fitness is she) – that exercise is the most important when the weather is like this.

No matter what it is you do, just do something apparently is the message.  The idea is to REALLY sweat.  And the theory is, that by exerting energy – even if one is freezing to start with – it is like having an internal heater as one sweats so much from the exercise that they are no longer cold.

Now I get it. I really do.  I mean sweating sure is one way to get warm.  But the thought of getting dressed up, in the car and seek out some Harrisburg fitness actually fills me with dread.  So I came up with a different solution (and also a way of getting my 3 boys to exert some of their excess energy – something boys ALWAYS seem to have) and that is, jumping jacks in the living room.

Boy did we sweat!  And when my girlfriend gave me the Wahoo Fitness Heart Rate Monitor I figured I would get really competitive while getting in shape. What could be better?

Improving Harrisburg Fitness

walking-school-busSince I am trying to not only get myself fit, but also my kids, I was delighted to read about the grants being given to improve the overall levels of Harrisburg fitness.  While of course the schools’ program won’t affect my kids (since they go to schools by their mom’s), the community-based groups initiatives do have the potential to help them reach higher levels of fitness when they come on weekends.

This initiative was established by the Department of Health in the region and the Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center.  The idea was to give community groups funds for sporting activities to enhance overall Harrisburg fitness.   The long-term goal is to encourage all students – even those with disabilities – to walk or cycle to school and other activities.

I totally agree with the statement made by Michael Wolf, Secretary of Health on enhancing Harrisburg fitness.  He said, “the administration’s goal of a healthier Pennsylvania starts with our children.  While we encourage all Pennsylvanians to be more physically active, we know the importance of instilling healthy habits in our children, as they are more likely to become healthy adults.”  Close to $90,000 is being put into this program.  I think it’s wonderful.