‘Trekking’ way to better bodies in 2006
It’s that wonderful time of year — when holiday overindulging gives way to resolutions to get back in shape, and the hope and hype of the coming year makes it all seem so attainable.
Then the second week of January sets in.
To address the needs of the people looking for incentive to keep New Year’s fitness commitments, two area recreation centers have designed programs that they hope will keep motivation levels high.
They are encouraging people to work out their way around the map. Not literally, of course, but both South Summit Aquatic and Fitness Center (SSAFC) and the Park City Racquet Club have created programs that move people figuratively from place to place as they complete their daily workouts.
The SSAFC program is called "Trek Across Utah" and takes club members on a journey around the state from Logan to St. George. Whether biking, running or walking outside or using any of the cardio fitness equipment at the Center, each time people complete a workout, they are moved further along through the Beehive State, based on how many miles they completed. The total mileage to be completed is 391.55 miles. Program designer and SSAFC director, Steve Sutherland is hoping that the goal-oriented design of the "trek" will keep his patrons engaged and interested in staying in shape. He is offering the program at no cost to those with monthly and annual memberships and all participants receive a T-shirt. To make things even more exciting, the first person to reach each destination will be awarded a gift, such as dinner or tickets to movies or sporting events. To get started, members must fill out participation forms at the front desk and then turn them in periodically to log their progress. Sutherland said the idea originated from a national conference he attended in San Antonio this year, where many of his peers told him about similar programs. As he began looking a creative New-Year’s resolution-themed program, he knew the trek idea would be perfect. "We really hope that people will get excited about coming out and doing their resolutions, Sutherland said. "A lot of times people may not have a goal and we thought this was a fun thing. This gives them something to shoot for and win prizes and in the span of three months, say that they have trekked across the state of Utah."
For the more adventurous, Park City Recreation fitness coordinator Karen Yokum has designed a similar program that takes patrons across the country and back.
Using a brightly colored wall map with flags to show progress, patrons can watch themselves work their way from Utah all the way to the eastern seaboard.
The program is split into two divisions one for spinning and the other for group fitness classes. According to Yokum, the "Spin Across America" incentive program allows members to see America while riding a bike. Each time a participant attends class; they land in a different city, resort, and site of interest or small town. Yokum has included "fun" facts about each stop. A miniature picture of a cyclist is assigned to each rider and is displayed next to the map. The goal is for everybody to ride as far as they can over the course of the winter. For each completed class, a personalized slip is entered into a prize drawing that will occur in the spring. The "State of our Fitness" program includes all step, boxing, cardio sculpt, yoga, pilates, aikido and tai chi classes and offers incentives for people to make their way across the "nifty fifty" during the month of January. Each class attended moves the participant to the next state, with some extra stops in between. Fun facts are also provided in this program. Again, each time a person participates in a class, their name is entered into a drawing for prizes at the end of the month. Yokum says she is challenging everyone to see how many states they can see in 31 days. "I was just looking for a fun way to get people interested in fitness," said Yokum.
For more information on the SSAFC program, call (435) 783-2425 or log onto http://www.ssafc.org.
For more information on the Racquet Club programs, call 615-5401 or log onto http://www.parkcity.org.
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Buses, trains and gondolas doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, but they make up the transit alternatives for the mountain transportation system the Central Wasatch Commission is trying to create, mostly in the Cottonwood canyons.