Monday, September 22, 2003

Fit bits: Ways to stay active and healthy



By Shauna Scott Rhone
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Do it

The art of yoga: Want to enjoy the beauty of movement and strengthen body and spirit ? As part of the 20/20 Arts Festival (with Enjoy the Arts/START), the Cincinnati Art Museum hosts "Bending Over Backwards for Art" at 10 and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Two days of free yoga classes will take place in the museum's newly renovated garden courtyard and taught by the Cincinnati Yoga School. Bring your own mat or rent one for $3. The classes are designed for people of all levels of experience. Free, reservations requested.

721-2787.

Hook it up: While the actual act of fishing is a form of low-impact exercise, eating said fish can be very nutritious. Until Oct. 2, families who fish at Lake Isabella Family Fishing Center in Symmes Township are guaranteed to catch fish or their next ticket is free. Anglers need to purchase a regular fishing ticket to take advantage of the guarantee.

For those who really enjoy it, every Sunday in October, drop a line at Lake Isabella for "No Limit Sundays," where anglers can catch and keep as many fish as they can reel in with the purchase of one fishing ticket. $7.50 for ages 13-59, kids 12 and younger and seniors 60 and older may fish for free every day. You also need a parking permit; $1 daily, $3 annual fee. 521-7275 or www.GreatParks.org.

Walk for a buddy: Connecting Communities is this year's theme for the second annual Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati's Buddy Walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday . The walk begins and ends at Newport on the Levee with two routes: through Newport or across the Purple People Bridge and back. The event's goal is twofold: to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to raise money for the association's year-round programs and support services. $20 per person, $30 per family of any size.

Step off: Here are some more walking and running groups, courtesy of The Runner's Spotlite magazine.

• Thursdays: Hash House Harriers, listed as a "drinking club with a running problem," runs 3-4 miles every third Thursday. 956-7234 or www.sch4.com.

• Fridays: The Avondale Running Club members average 8-10 miles at various locations. 961-7145.

• Saturdays: Meet the Saturday Morning Run Group at 7 a.m. at the corner of Delta and Observatory avenues in Hyde Park for a run of 10-15 miles. 233-0561 or www.expage.com/smrg.

• Sundays: Just Your Average Northern Kentucky Running Group meets at 6:30 a.m. at the corner of Burlington Pike and Camp Ernst Road at the Boone County Extension Center. (859) 816-6120.

The Westside Bestside Running Club meets at 7 a.m. at Western Hills High School in Price Hill. 451-4936.

• Mondays: Loveland Sport Walkers meet at the Loveland Bike Trail at 7:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. All race walkers and fitness walkers welcome. 697-9679.

Adults 55 and over are invited to join Walk Club 2003 to enjoy the beauty of the Hamilton County Park District. Walkers meet at 8:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the following parks: Miami Whitewater Forest, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, Sharon Woods and Winton Woods. Free, 521-7275, Ext. 240.

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Contact Shauna Scott Rhone by phone: 768-8511; fax: 768-8330; e-mail srhone@enquirer.com




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