The holidays are over and it’s time to get rid of those unwanted pounds and get fit (bathing suit season is around the corner you know:) The Georgia State Parks is encouraging everyone to get out and get fit and they’ve put together a new wellness program to help do it.
The new Tons of Fun Fitness Challenge features a website – TonsofFun.org — where Georgians can create an online profile to plan activities, track calories burned and document weight lost. The state’s goal is for citizens to lose one million pounds. Trainers and nutritionists will be available to answer questions online or during public programs.
The website also includes an event calendar with activities such as healthy cooking demonstrations, outdoor yoga classes and guided hikes. Make sure to check the Georgia State Parks overall calendar too, as there were some activities not listed on the Tons of Fun website that were on the main calendar for each park.
Look for more activities to come, including a program where you can borrow a dog for a hike. I love this idea. I’d love to have a dog, but am so busy that it just wouldn’t be fair to bring a pet into the family. With this program, I can get my pet fix without having to find him a place to stay when I go out of town.
For anyone who is embarking on a serious fitness program, the Tons of Fun website tools are a great way to track your efforts. Charts allow you to get a quick visual of your progress. For me, recording my food intake, exercise program and other health features every day would be a whole lot of work. I’d rather just take a longer walk.
However, the Tons of Fun Fitness Challenge does bring front and center how enjoying state parks in good for the body as well as the soul. Combine this program with the Get Outdoors Program already in place and you are on your way to better health. Get Outdoors includes several Clubs where participants pay a $10 fee to join then receive a prize for reaching their goal. Canyon Climbers is a challenge to hike four canyons in the state. Muddy Spokes Club challenges mountain bikers and casual cyclists to tackle 11 state parks and 68 miles of trails. The Park Paddlers Club offers an abundance of scenic waterways (22 miles in all) to explore, for both seasoned paddlers and wet-behind-the-ears beginners.