Resources can help with activity goals

I am no athlete but do enjoy getting outdoors and staying healthy.

My last column was on cookbooks and food so it seemed fitting that this one had to do with exercising to balance the intake and output of calories!

I am no athlete but do enjoy getting outdoors and staying healthy.

Our family adopted a high energy dog 15 years ago.

Having a dog means going for daily walks. I loved and appreciated Jazz for motivating me to go for a long walk every morning.

She was my workout partner, is gone now and I miss her.

Having a friend to walk with or work out with can make the activity that much more enjoyable.

If you are like me, your personal fitness routines can be as simple as incorporating a stretching routine into your morning, followed by a walk with friends,  a bike ride or some time spent in your garden.

If you have a competitive nature, or just want to have fun, Action Fest weekend is coming up on June 5 to 7.

As I said, I am no athlete, but I live with a very athletic husband and children, all of whom have taken part in Action Fest events over the years.

I am amazed at the number of athletes, of all ages, that we have in our community who take part in the Giant’s Head Run, Man of Steel and other Action Fest events.

Committing to a race and staying motivated with your workouts can be a challenge.

Fortunately, Summerland has an extensive network of trails for hiking, running or biking which makes it easy to change up the location of your workout to keep it from getting boring.

Writing down your workouts in a log book is a great way to keep track of your fitness progress.

Keeping track of when and where you worked out, how you felt, and any injuries can be a great tool in your goal to living an active and healthy life.

The library has numerous audio books that can be downloaded to your personal electronic device to listen to while you exercise as well as a number of books to help you with your sport.

Healthy Running Step by Step, by Robert Forster and Roy M. Wallack, provides self-guided methods for injury-free running.

Swim, Bike, Run – Eat, by Tim Holland and Amy Goodson, is a guide for triathletes.

If you are a mountain biker, Sweet Single Track is a fabulous trail guide to biking trails from West Kelowna to Oliver.

An interesting read is Running with the Kenyans, by Adharanand Finn who moved to Kenya with his family to run side by side with Olympic champions in hopes of discovering the secrets to being the fastest people on earth.

Dianne Broadbent is an assistant community librarian at the Summerland Branch and will be cheering everyone on at Action Fest next week.