Staying fit in….Vegas baby

bicycle man  Would like to introduce something new to my blog.  From time to time, I will be hosting guest posts.  My hope is that those near or in major cities, or rural ones for that matter, will introduce my audience to their venue.  Perhaps they will share a shady path ideal for rugged runs near the Blue Ridge mountains.  Or delve into the desert–for a scenic bike tour.  If you live in or will be visiting Vegas, check out the picturesque description from my first guest blogger, Bridget.

Keeping an Active and Healthy Lifestyle in Las Vegas

I used to get most of my exercise at the gym, and I spent a lot of time there almost every evening. It is not that I was thrilled with being trapped in a room with a bunch of sweaty people. I just figured that it was the safest way and most convenient way to get the regular exercise I craved. I love fitness and indoor-workouts just seemed the best for me. However, once I moved to Las Vegas I quickly learned that my workout preference was probably dependent on the city I was from. You might think that moving to a place like Las Vegas would drive me to seek out another gym as an exercise venue or even abandon my workout schedule entirely. Odd as it may initially seem, this is not true at all. Here is how I went from being skeptical about fitness in Las Vegas to being awed by the opportunities.

When I first arrived in Sin City, I was pretty concerned about being stuck in a gym all the time and not finding any good outdoor exercise opportunities. Walking the strip just does not count. To my relief and delight, I found a huge amount of settings around Las Vegas where I could get a good workout out in the open air.

First of all, the Mojave is stunningly gorgeous and Las Vegas happens to be right in the middle of it. Instead of being a barren wasteland, it is full of miles of beautiful bike trails, thanks to developers. To stay safe, I use this resource to find the best and safest bike trails. The Mojave Desert is not a place to take chances. Use the resource to keep you from getting lost!

You might be surprised to learn that the League of American Bicyclists recently named Las Vegas one of America’s Cycle-Friendly Cities! That is awesome news to all outdoor enthusiasts. Having been here a while now, however, it does not surprise me. The city recently allocated a huge sum of money towards making the downtown area more bike-friendly by installing lockers and bike racks and adding 390 miles of lanes designated for bicycles. How cool is that?

If you are headed here for a vacation or to check out the housing market for yourself, you can also stay on your fitness schedule by choosing fitness friendly activities and accommodations. That website lets you customize your hotel and activity search based on a checklist of your personal preferences. I traveled here several times before relocating on a more permanent basis and I discovered many hotels that had great gyms on site or could, at the least, provide information about nearby outdoor fitness opportunities.

In addition, if you come here you will see more and more juice bars and restaurants catering to the health-conscious crowd. Some of these are even opening close to the strip! If you are still skeptical, I invite you to come to this awesome city to see it for yourself!

Thanks Bridget!

All for now.  Keep up and keep at it.

Want to be a guest blogger?  Share fitness tips, or off beaten paths with others visiting your city?  Contact me at serrenity.c@gmail.com

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