Travel Fit!

Travel Fit!Does it seem that you log more sky miles than those on a treadmill?  When traveling, do you lose the motivation to fit in that daily workout?   As millions of people resolve to lose weight or get healthy this year, it’s sad but true that only about eight percent will find success (Statistic Brain).  The main culprit of such high failure rates is simply not defining a specific goal (like losing one pound per week by walking two miles per day).  For those who travel frequently, it’s even more challenging to fit in a work-out on the road.

If you’re one of those people who want to increase that eight percent success rate, Merriam has some amazing fitness options for you—indoors and out!  From outdoor trails to indoor laps, take a look at our recommended winter fitness options to help you maintain your resolution (and waistline) while on the road in 2013:

  • Turkey Creek Streamway Park – this 4-mile paved walking trail stretches the west side of I-35 from 75th Street to Antioch Road.  Walk it back and forth and you will log eight miles!  The trail route follows the path of Turkey Creek and passes through wooded areas, a butterfly garden and several parks.  Access points at 75th Street, Chatlain Park, Campbell Park, Merriam Marketplace, Werner Park and Waterfall Park.
  • Antioch Park – one of Johnson County’s most heavily visited parks, Antioch Park is the perfect outing to bring along the kiddos for families traveling together this winter.  Paved trails and designated play areas will encourage you to jog the trail, then stop for a playground break to tucker out the little ones.
  • For a shorter jaunt, the Merriam Historic Plaza has a paved historic walking path too.  Although the entire site is only 1.6 acres, walkers can not only circle the path multiple times to earn a mile (across the street from many hotels on the east Frontage Road), they can also learn all about Merriam’s history at 12 signage stations placed along the path.
  • If indoor options are more your scene, the Irene B. French Community Center has a fantastic work-out facility for people looking to boost their cardio and strength training.  Classes are also offered for those who need group motivation and structured routines (daily fees apply).
  • Visitors to Merriam’s hotels have options too!  Many hotels have in-house fitness centers for guests and for those who don’t, they offer daily passes to Merriam’s Gold’s Gym located on the East Frontage Road.  Don’t forget about those indoor pools this winter…swimming is an excellent fitness routine which also provides joint relief, improves cardio and tones your whole body.

Happy 2013…we wish you great success at staying fit on the road this year!

Karen Crane, Director
Merriam Visitors Bureau

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