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.

San Angelo Triathlon

The 4th annual San Angelo Triathlon will be Sunday, Aug. 12, at Spring Creek Marina on Lake Nasworthy. The triathlon will consist of a sprint distance race (500m swim, 20K bike, 5K run) as well as an Olympic distance (1500m swim, 40K bike, 10K run) with individual age group and team relay categories.

For more information on this event and how to sign up, click here.

37th Annual Southland Shuffle

The 37th annual Southland Shuffle — which includes 2-mile and 6-mile runs — will be at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, beginning at Meadow Creek Park, 5117 Tabosa Drive. 

The event, sponsored by the San Angelo Road Lizards Running Club, costs $3 and registration begins at 6:45 a.m.

This is a race day-only registration. For more information, call race directors Anne and Kent Fish at 325-944-7760

Rockin River Run 5K and 1-Mile

Area runners are invited to join for a spectacular run along the Concho River on Monday, September 3 starting at the Central High School Band Hall. Central High School's Mighty Bobcat Band will play for runners as they cross the finish line. Proceeds will benefit the band.

The race will start at 8:30AM and participants can choose between the 5K or a 1-Mile Run/Walk. There will be awards for runners who participate in the 5K.

Register here.

Run with the Heroes

Run with the Heroes is a family event. Bring the whole family to run or walk side-by-side with first-responders and community leaders. This event will be September, 5 at 9 a.m. It will kick off the annual River Fest. After the run, enjoy all of the other activities taking place at River Fest. Registration info to come.

24th Annual Armydillo Run

The Armydillo Run will be Saturday, September 29, at the Goodfellow Recreational Camp. The race is organized by the Sentinel Foundation, a non-profit that operates at Goodfellow Air Force Base, and assists the Army unit on base. The organization raises funds and provides money throughout the year for Army battalion events, the Army Ball, and other morale-boosters throughout the year.

The event will consist of a 10K, a 5K, and a one-mile fun run. All the money raised will go directly to support soldiers of the 344th MI. There will be age category divisions and awards for each run. 

Register here

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.