Exercise is a great way to help people gain health, happiness and confidence. Exercising regularly will help with cardiovascular flexibility and strength, and will reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. It also helps yield higher levels of self-esteem and confidence, and improves mental health.

So get off the couch, grab a friend and get moving!. San Angelo has many events coming up that promote physical activity and most of them are kid-friendly. This is a great way to improve your overall health while having fun with your family and friends! Be sure to also check the calendar periodically for new and upcoming events.

Choose Healthier App

It's Time Texas "Choose Healthier" mobile app is a free app that allows you to find local, healthy activities. Using your location, you can easily find nearby fitness, nutrition and wellness activities that match your interests. You can also save and share favorite activities to get friends to join you. With custom filters and a wide variety of activities, the Choose Healthier app helps you find and make healthy choices in your community.

Click here to download it from the Apple app store or Google Play.

Dinosaur Trail Run

The Dinosaur Trail Run will be Saturday, Oct. 20, at the San Angelo State Park North Entrance (the equestrian gate). This is an adventure for any trail runner, sponsored by San Angelo Road Lizards and Randy's Bike and Run Shop. The course is a fairly level 1 or 2 loop - a great start to the trail season. The new 5K race gives runners three options: a 5K, a 10K and a 15K run.

Online registration is open until 1 p.m. Oct. 19. 

Register here.  

Santa Rita Super Hero 5K and Fun Run

The Santa Rita Super Hero 5K and Fun Run will be from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Red Arroyo Trail. The run will be a fundrasier for Santa Rita Elementary School. For more information or to register, contact Leslie Reyes at lesterp8@yahoo.com or 325-659-3672.

14th Annual Let it Go! Recovery Rally & Run

The 14th Annual Let it Go! Recovery Rally & Run  will be Saturday, Nov. 17, in a new location - El Paseo de Santa Angela. Race day registration will be at 7:30 a.m., with the race beginning at 8:30 a.m. followed by the Recovery Rally and balloon release.

Let It GO! will kick off with an '80s-themed 1M /5K walk/run race. Race registration fees are $20 for the 5K and $15 for the 1M. Special pricing is available for teams of five, and kids 12 and younger are free. The first 50 race registrants will receive a goody bag that includes a T-shirt. Awards will be given immediately after the race.

The race will be followed by a keynote speaker, Donnie McBee, who will share his story of recovery. After the speaker, ADACCV will release hundreds of colorful balloons that represent persons “letting go” of their addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Register at www.adaccv.org.

Local bike rides

If you are interested in joining a cycling group or just looking for local biking routes, the San Angelo Bicycling Association can help with that. SABA has a page dedicated to road rides as well as biking events in San Angelo. One such group, The Loop Group, meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for a self-paced ride. These rides allow riders of all ability levels to test themselves against other cyclists and enjoy the camaraderie.  

For more info on the different routes and biking groups, check out the SABA page here.