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.
Run Rudolph Run fun run
Run Rudolph Run will be at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. This year's event is hosted by the San Angelo Road Lizards and Shannon Medical Center. This is a free, non-competitive run/walk open to all. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus in running or walking the 2.5 miles through the Tour of Lights. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome. Enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies. For more information, call Daniella De La Cerda at 325-718-9270.
Second Annual Moebius Awareness Fun Run
This 5K is sponsored by the Kara Smiles Fund to bring awareness and support for those suffering from facial paralysis, including but not limited to Moebius Syndrome, cleft lip and Bell’s palsy.
Kara James, the founder of the Kara Smiles Fund, was born with Moebius and Poland Syndrome, a rare neurological condition that primarily affects the muscles that control facial expression and eye movement. Children with Moebius are unable to have any facial expressions, including a smile. When Kara was 13, she was fortunate to undergo a life-changing surgery to show her beautiful smile. Kara created the Kara Smiles Fund to help offset medical expenses for those needing the smile surgery.
The race will be Saturday, Jan. 19 at Harmon Park, 1001 N. River Drive. Race day registration begins at 8:15 a.m. The race starts at 9 a.m.
Free Moebius T-shirts will be available for the first 100 racers. Additional T-shirts will be available on race day, prior to the event, for $15. Shirt quantities and sizes are not guaranteed on race day.
For more information and to register, click 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.