Archives For January 4, 2011

Now that it’s January, I’m sure you are all thinking of ways to get yourself and your family in shape! It can be pretty overwhelming because there are lots of gyms, new equipment and fad diets to chose from. My biggest tip would be to keep it simple. Hit the park or checkout a new trail near your house. All you need to do is walk or run (break a sweat) and then mix in a little strength training and abs after. You don’t even need equipment…just do pushups, squats and lunges.

But, if you are looking for something different to do…find an outdoor sport club or group in your city! In Houston, we have a ton of great running, biking and other clubs that offer a change of scenery and a great workout. Here are my favorites in Houston:

Running: Kenyan Way, Houston Fit, HARRA and the Icehouse Runners that do a “Couch to 5k” (recommended by my friend Kristen!)
Biking: Space City Cycling Club (or checkout West End Bikes for other club info), Bike Houston
Water Sports: Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Houston Wilderness, Houston Canoe Club
Misc: Trees for Houston (planting trees is a good workout!), Houston Arboretum (they have nature trails and offer some outdoor classes), Discovery Green has free Zumba and Yoga classes, Bayou City Outdoors (hiking, biking and more!), join a Soccer or other sports league in your area

Checkout this video I did last May for Fox where I talked about obesity in Houston, how to stay active and also my new DVD!