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Signs along the new fitness trail at the San Antonio Zoo, sponsored by University Health System

Trick your kids into moving (off the sofa)

Categories: Children's Health  /  News

“Mom! I’m bored!” Summer is here, school is out and the kids are probably staring at an electronic device of some sort instead of being active. To remedy that, University Health System and San Antonio Zoo have teamed up to provide guests of all ages with a way to combine fitness and fun. The Zoo’s new Fitness Trail is a one-mile loop that connects guests with some major animal exhibits, and includes signs that help  track their progress at each quarter-mile mark. Signs also include encouraging fitness facts that offer motivation and inspiration. “Too often during the summer break, kids are parked …Read More >

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University Health System Fitness on the Plaza classes at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Finding fitness among the crowd

Categories: Heart Health  /  News  /  Wellness

Some among us would rather climb the steep trail to physical fitness on their own. These often are people who prefer to sweat in private. A few may even be antisocial. But for others who find comfort and support in a crowd of fellow fitness aficionados, we have a pretty good option that’s light on the wallet. Twice a month, University Health System sponsors Fitness on the Plaza, a series of free fitness activities at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. All classes, led by area fitness instructors, take place on the lovely Will Naylor Smith River Walk Plaza. From yoga …Read More >

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The silhouette of a young woman as she runs against an orange sunset

Meaning it this time

Categories: News  /  Wellness

Does your New Year’s resolution involve being more physically active in the coming year? And did you have exactly the same resolution the year before? Maybe the year before that? “I live across the street from an elementary school, and starting each Jan. 2 I see lots of people out walking there. Within a week, that number slowly decreases,” said Irene Lopez, a registered nurse and manager of the Fitness Center at University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute. “Same thing at the gym. It’s very busy in January, February. Then things kind of creep up and get in the way.” …Read More >

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An older man lifts weights in a gym while wearing an under armor shirt

Bottom of the class?

Categories: News  /  Wellness

Unfit? That’s how the American College of Sports Medicine has diagnosed San Antonio in a new ranking of fittest cities. San Antonio ranked 45th out of the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas in a new report that includes “preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions, and community resources and policies that support physical activity.” Washington D.C. was ranked the fittest metro area, while Memphis came in last. Of course, we know a few people might disagree with our low ranking, given the effort that’s gone into making San Antonio more fit. What do you think? Here are the rankings: 1. Washington, D.C. …Read More >

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A man wearing a Fitbit bends down to tie his running shoes

A personal trainer for your wrist

Categories: News  /  Technology  /  Wellness

It’s like they suddenly blossomed on wrists across America — those little rubbery bracelets with names like Fitbit and Jawbone. They’re digital fitness trackers — high-tech descendents of those little step-counting pedometers that were popular a few years back. But these devices contain sophisticated tools that measure a lot more than steps. While features between devices and brands vary, most measure the intensity of your workouts. Some monitor your heart rate and estimate your calorie needs — even the quality of your sleep. But mainly they take your own personal goals for weight loss and fitness, and help you track …Read More >

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A woman in pink attire does the upward dog yoga pose outside on a pink yoga mat

Fitness in the Park

Categories: Living Well

Has your New Year’s resolution to get more exercise fallen by the wayside? Need a little encouragement? One of the best-kept fitness secrets around is the city’s Fitness in the Parks program, which offers classes in everything from yoga to tennis to circuit training, in neighborhoods throughout the city. It’s a great way to find a walking or running group, if you like a little company with your workouts. Not exciting enough? How about kick boxing? Line dancing? Pickleball? There are classes for kids, too. Find a full listing of classes, locations and time here.

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