State Parks fitness challenge combines great outdoors with healthy living

Hiking to the top of the Southeast’s tallest waterfall isn’t good just for your soul; it’s good for your health as well. That’s the message behind the Georgia State Park system’s new Tons of Fun Fitness Challenge. To help combat the growing obesity epidemic, park rangers are reminding citizens that nature holds the key to healthy lifestyles through exercise and nutrition, and that outdoor recreation can be a lot more fun than traditional exercise routines.

All across Georgia, state parks and historic sites offer activities to help burn calories and build muscles. Hiking, biking and walking are guaranteed to get hearts racing. At Unicoi State Park in Helen, trails feature kid-friendly signage encouraging children to hop like a frog or sprint like a deer. At Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville, visitors can catch their breath after climbing to the top of an ancient earthen platform. ski holiday colorado singles

The new Tons of Fun Fitness Challenge website – – encourages Georgians to 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, and the website even suggests ways to get the family dog involved. Trainers and nutritionists will be available to answer questions online and attend public programs. The website meet military singles also includes an event calendar with activities such as healthy cooking demonstrations, outdoor yoga classes and guided hikes.

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