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.
At-home, non-running cardio exercises
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 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
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.
Christoval VFD Firecracker Fun Run/Walk
Celebrate the Fourth of July in Christoval with the Volunteer Fire Department’s Firecracker 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run & Walk, along with the annual Fourth of July barbecue!
The Firecracker 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 9 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Christoval Park. Registration includes the BBQ lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Christoval Community Center downtown. Take-out will also be available. Barbecue will also be available to buy by the pound.
Awards include 5K overall male and female, and age group awards for the top three in seven classes. There’s a raffle for a pair of JL Mercer handmade boots and gift cards to Academy and Best Buy. Kids can also explore the fire trucks.
- When: Tuesday, July 4
- Where: Christoval Park in Christoval
- Time: 9 a.m.
- Distance: 5K and 1-mile fun run
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
Lake Nasworthy Triathlon
300-yard swim/10-mile bike/2-mile run. Race-day registration 6:15 a.m.- 7:10 a.m. at the race site. Mandatory pre-race meeting at 7:15 a.m. on race day at the start/finish location! First wave starts at 7:30 a.m. for multiple waves, depending on number of participants. Free T-shirt to first 100 participants!
- When: Sunday, July 16
- Where: Mary E. Lee Park at Lake Nasworthy
- Distance: 300-yard swim/10-mile bike/2-mile run
- Time: 7:30 a.m.
Goodfellow AFB Triathlon
The event is hosted by the17th Force Support Squadron and consists of a 400-meter open water swim in Lake Nasworthy, a 20K bicycle ride down Knickerbocker Road and a 5K run on South Concho Drive. The competition allows individuals to compete on their own or as a team. Prizes awarded to overall male and female; top male, female and co-ed teams; and top military male and female. Cookout after.
- When: Saturday, July 29
- Where: Start at Goodfellow Rec Camp
- Distance: 400M swim/20K bike/5K run
- Time: 8 a.m.
36th Annual Southland Shuffle
The 36th annual Southland Shuffle on Aug. 19 in Meadowcreek Park includes a 6-mile and a 2-mile race. There is no online pre-registration, no T-shirts, the awards are hand-made by Anne Fish, and there might be a person with an antique stopwatch and clipboard doing the timing. Registration costs $3 and begins at 6:45 a.m. in the park, 5117 Tabosa Drive.
- When: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19
- Where: Meadowcreek Park, 5117 Tabosa Drive
- Distances: 6-mile and 2-mile runs
- Entry: $3 morning of race