May is Physical Fitness and Sports Month!

Lets get moving! May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month. Physical Fitness is important for people of all ages. It helps children and adolescents with bone health, muscular fitness and growing a healthy heart. In young to middle aged adults, it is important to lower risks of heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer. For older adults, it can help improve brain function which in return can help reduce the risk of falls.

There are many ways to incorporate fitness into your daily routine. Fitness can come from simple changes such as walks after dinner, playing with your children outdoors, riding a bike to work, walking with a co-worker on breaks, or even just dancing around the house! Once you have started small you can then work your way up to community sports such as softball, soccer, basketball, or volleyball; fitness classes; and outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, skiing, running, swimming, or rowing. The key is to find what is fun to you!

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Sports and physical activity can often cause you to have sore muscles. There are several ways to help alleviate that pain, such as sitting in your hot tub. In a study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, Effect of Hydrotherapy on the Signs and Symptoms of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, researchers found that ““The effect of cold application through various mediums has been shown to simulate an analgesic effect, resulting in a decreased perception of pain… warm water immersion has been shown to demonstrate an increase in blood flow, HR [heart rate], and cardiac output, and a decrease in peripheral resistance. Benefits such as decreased muscle spasm, stiffness, and increased range of motion have also been reported following the application of heat.”

Need motivation?
Sign up for a local event!

May 7
Basalt’s Color Run- Paint the Town 5k
May 13
Rifle’s Titan Trot 5K to benefit the Coal Ridge High School Booster Club
May 20
Aspen’s 22nd Annual Ride for the Pass bike race up Independence Pass
May 20
 Glenwood Springs’ Walk MS 5k presented locally by Toyota

Caldera brand hot tubs is the leader in Hydrotherapy through their jet design which is configured to give you a targeted, soothing massage. As you move from seat to seat in what we call Hot Tub Circuit Therapy®, major muscles are massaged. Similar to working out muscle groups on a strength training circuit at the gym, our circuit therapy helps relax and transform those areas most likely to store stress and pain, from the bottoms of your feet to the tightened muscles of your shoulders and neck. Check our the chart below to learn more about Caldera’s unique jets and which muscles each one focuses on.

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We have said it before and we will say it again and again, physical Fitness is important at EVERY age. Endless Pools’ Fit for Life Stories features Gideon Ariel who represented Israel in the 1960 and 1964 Olympics as a shot put and discus thrower has been influential in fitness his entire life. Last year, Gideon faced having a kidney transplant- a challenge that changed his life forever.

But, Gideon wasn’t ready to give up his passion for fitness. At the young age of 78 years old, Gideon turned to the Endless Pools Fitness Systems E700. The buoyancy and natural resistance of the water, coupled with the smooth flow of the swim machine and low-impact underwater treadmill, provide Gideon with a place to exercise safely and effectively. Today, Gideon is an example of perseverance as he exercises every day.

Watch the video below to learn more about this inspirational man and his journey of coming back to life through aquatic therapy!

Gideon Ariel Testimonial
From all of us here at Soak- Good luck! We hope you use May as an opportunity to add some new fitness activities into your lifestyle.