Exercise is a great way to help people gain health, happiness and confidence. Exercising regularly will help with cardiovascular flexibility and strength, and will reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. It also helps yield higher levels of self-esteem and confidence, and improves mental health.

So get off the couch, grab a friend and get moving!. San Angelo has many events coming up that promote physical activity and most of them are kid-friendly. This is a great way to improve your overall health while having fun with your family and friends! Be sure to also check the calendar periodically for new and upcoming events.

Exercise tips for your teen

Exercise is just as important for teens as it is for kids and adults. Sixty minutes each day is ideal, but they can start small and work their way up. No kid is doomed overweight and with a little encouragement you, as a parent, can help your teen get moving and work up to 60 minutes of exercise a day. The key is to start off small and provide plenty of role modeling and support along the way.

  • Switch it up and try new things. Does your teen love running? Biking? Dancing? Does he or she want to try a new sport? Encourage them to try lots of new things and figure out which physical activities they love.
  • Grab a friend. Encourage your teen to get their exercise in with a friend. They’ll enjoy spending time together and feel good about themselves, too.
  • Walk, walk, walk. Fewer activities are easier to add to your day than walking. Walk with your teen after school or after dinner and talk to them about their day

Check out videos to find easy ways for you and your family to move more. 

At-home cardio exercises that don't require running

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Sometimes, it’s just so much more convenient to work out at home. Skip the gym and machines, and enjoy this calorie-burning workout in the comfort of your own home, or outside if weather permits it. You still get the chance to increase your heart rate and get your muscles firing with these short, fun and challenging cardio moves. Do each of these moves for 1 to 2 minutes and repeat two or three times. You'll get a 15- to 30-minute LISS workout in without even running, and your body will thank you for it! Now get sweating!

  • Jumping jack and cross jacks
  • Mountain climbers
  • Jump rope
  • High knees
  • Side-to-side hop / front-to-back hop

20-minute bench workout

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When it comes to working out, many people can't afford a gym membership, or don't have the time, or just don't have one near them. Fortunately, you don't need a gym membership to get a good workout in. You don't even need to spend hours working out to see results. A bench workout is one solution. The bench is one of the best pieces of workout equipment because it is so versatile and will get you sweating in many ways. You can almost always find one outside at the park or along walking paths. If you can't find one, you can always use a chair from your house.

Below are a few exercises you can do on the bench. Divide them into two circuits with two exercises in each circuit. Set a timer and complete the two exercises in circuit one as many times as you can in 5 minutes. Once the timer goes off, take a 30-second break and then do 5 more minutes with the exercises in circuit two. Repeat both circuits for a full 20-minute workout.

Circuit 1: Triceps dips (15 reps), elevated lunges (12 each leg)

Circuit 2: Box jumps (24 reps) , decline push-ups (15 reps)

If you want to mix and match exercises, here are more you can do. Be creative with your workout. For a more intense workout, you can add some weight to some of these exercises (weighted lunges, weighted step-ups). Other exercises could be: V-sit bicycle, step-ups, raised leg sit-ups, sit to stand, bridge lifts, plyometric push-ups.

Local bike rides

If you are interested in joining a cycling group or just looking for local biking routes, the San Angelo Bicycling Association can help with that. SABA has a page dedicated to road rides as well as biking events in San Angelo. One such group, The Loop Group, meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for a self-paced ride. These rides allow riders of all ability levels to test themselves against other cyclists and enjoy the camaraderie.  

For more info on the different routes and biking groups, check out the SABA page here

Walk for Autism

The Walk for Autism is a donation drive and walk to support autism awareness in the Concho Valley. Teams and/or individuals can make donations or sign up to walk during the event. Teams can compete with each other for top fundraiser leading up to the walk.

The walk is less than 1 mile. There will be a shortcut halfway across for those with strollers, wheelchairs, etc. Pets are permitted if they are on a leash.

  • When: Saturday April 29
  • Where: El Paseo de Santa Angela, 34 W. Avenue D
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

Register here

Iron Apocalypse Super-Total Mega Meet

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The San Angelo Iron Apocalypse Super-Total Mega Meet is a barbell strength competition that involves five main lifts: squat, bench press, deadlift, clean & jerk, and snatch. The meet will be Saturday, April 29, at the Bar Athletic Club.

There will be separate men’s and women’s competitions and weight classes, with awards in each weight class and division. All backgrounds of strength from San Angelo and the surrounding areas are invited - bodybuilding, powerlifting, CrossFit, weightlifting, Strongman, Highland Games, and more. All proceeds will go to Feed America.

There are five categories of competition:

  • Bench press only.
  • Push/pull (bench press and deadlift).
  • Full power (squat, bench press and deadlift).
  • Weightlifting (snatch, and clean & jerk).
  • The supertotal (squat, benchpress, deadlift, clean & jerk, snatch).

Deadline to register is Friday, April 14, at getmeregistered.com/supertotalmegameet

Weigh-ins will take place the morning of the event from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The event is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. and estimated to end around 6 p.m.

Relay for Life

Relay For Life is dedicated to raising research money to find a cure for every type of cancer. Everyone from the community is invited to join the fight against cancer. Cancer survivors and caregivers are especially welcome because they are the epitome of what RFL is striving for: overcoming the fight against cancer.

The evening will be full of games, food and hope for a better tomorrow for everyone. The Relay For Life is an opportunity to remember loved ones lost, to celebrate the ones who survived their battle, and to help those who are still in the fight. 

  • When: May 19-20
  • Where: Lake View High School, 900 E. 43rd St.
  • Time: Starting at 7 p.m., ending at 3 a.m.

Register here

Run in the Sun

Certified 8K (approximately 5 miles) race, plus a 1-mile fun run/walk. The race will begin and end at the corner of Concho Avenue and South Oakes Street in historic downtown San Angelo. There will be awards for the top three male and female finishers in each age division. T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 100 registrants or for everyone who enters by May 20.

  • When: Saturday, June 3
  • Where: Corner of Concho Ave & S. Oakes St.
  • Time: 7:30 a.m.
  • Distance: 8K/1-mile fun run/walk

Register here

Trek4Trykes

Trek4Trykes is a fundraiser to provide AMTRYKE therapeutic tricycles to people with disabilities in the Concho Valley. Join them for the first Trek4Trykes event in the Concho Valley. Participants can pick how they choose to join in - by walking, running or pedaling a 5K route on the Red Arroyo Trail. The event will start across from Unidad Park and will follow the trail crossing College Hills Boulevard, continuing toward Knickerbocker Road, where participants will reach a water station serving at the turn-around point. For AMTRYKE riders and children who would prefer a less populated route, the same start/finish line will be used and two loops circling the dog parks will be completed -- a distance of about a mile. 

The Trek will be at 9:30 a.m. June 17. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers. There will also be two bounce houses, face-painting, a fire truck for kids to explore, a balloonist, a bike repair station, Kona’s Snow Cones, food vendors and more.  

Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children younger than 18. “Trekkers” are encouraged to raise $100 or more in pledges from their friends, family and community connections to get more riders rolling. There will be prizes for the top three fundraisers. Every trekker and volunteer will receive an event T-shirt. Day-of-event registration is available. but trekkers who register after May 15 cannot be guaranteed a T-shirt. 

The Concho Valley Chapter of AMBUCS, a nationwide 501(c)3 charity dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities, will host the event. All pledges are tax-deductible. Parents, recipients and therapists have noted the AMTRYKE improves strength, tone and coordination, and yields confidence and positive peer interaction. Learn more at Trek4Trykes.org.

Questions? Contact Denise Boyle at 325-315-6759 or cvambucs@gmail.com

Fallen First Responder 5K

The 2017 Fallen First Responder 5K run is held in conjunction with the Texas Firefighter Games and is organized to assist the Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force. The task force provides many services to families who have lost their fallen firefighter or law enforcement officer in the line of duty. This run was designed to encourage community support from each city that hosts the Texas Firefighter Games.

  • When: Saturday, July 15
  • Where: 291 W. River Drive
  • Times: 8 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • Distance: 5K

Register here