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.

Nutrition Month 5K/1 Mile Run/Walk 

To register, click here.

On Saturday, March 3, the Mayor's Wellness Partnership will host a 5K fun run for National Nutrition Month.

The event is free and everyone in the community is invited to run or walk. The first 100 participants to sign up will receive a free T-shirt. Registration for the race will take place the day of the event. The race will begin at 9 a.m. at the Red Arroyo Trail across from Unidad Park. 

For more information, email kristyn.ward@cosatx.us.

Crazy Desert Trail Race

San Angelo park is a good mix of rolling hills and a variety of terrain. The course for the 5k and 10k stays within the northern part of the park which is less varied in terrain. The 13/.1, 50k and 100k all have more technical terrain and more climbing that is true to low desert running.

  • When: March 10th, 2018
  • Where: San Angelo State Park, San Angelo Texas
  • Time: 6, 7, 8, 8:30, and 9am
  • Distance: 100k/50k/13.1/10k/5k 

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.

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If your New Year's resolutions are to eat healthier and move more, then the IT'S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge is for you! This eight-week competition is completely free and will help you stay on track with your health goals. 

The challenge kicks off Jan. 8 and continues through March 4. Register at ittcommunitychallenge.com. Each day, you can upload healthy selfies and submit your physical activity through the website to earn points for your community. These points can help you win individual prizes such as gift cards and fitness accessories as well!

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.

Go4Life

Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. It encourages older adults to reap health benefits by making physical activity part of their daily lives. Go4Life offers exercises, motivational tips and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising and keep going.

The exercises are divided into four categories. A lot of people think doing one kind of exercise might be enough, but the goal here is to try to incorporate all four exercises into your weekly routine. They don’t all need to be done every day, but variety helps keep the body fit and healthy, and makes exercise interesting. Click on the exercises below to see different kinds of workouts you can do with that specific exercise. 

  • Endurance exercises work on your heart, lungs and circulatory system. They increase your breathing and your heart rate. These can include HITT and LISS workouts.
  • Strength exercises builds muscle. This time of exercise will increase lean muscle and strength throughout the entire body and even promotes weight loss 
  • Balance exercises improve your ability to control your body’s position, whether you're moving or standing still. Having good balance is important for many activities we do every day, such as walking and going up and down the stairs. Exercises that improve balance can help prevent falls, a common problem in older adults and stroke patients
  • Flexibility exercises help keep muscles from getting stiff when you get out of bed, bend down to tie your shoes or reach up to get something from a shelf.

Upcoming events

Crazy Desert Trail Race                                                   March 10

Habitat for Humanity Bunny Run                                      March 24