Monday, September 29, 2003

Fit bits: Ways to stay active and healthy

By Shauna Scott Rhone
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Do it

A calming stretch: Sometimes, little bodies need to stretch out, too. The Blue Ash Recreation Center is offering yoga for children and teens starting Wednesday. Sessions are : ages 3-5, 10:30-11:15 a.m.; ages 6-12, 4-4:45 p.m. and teens ages 13-17, 5-5:45 p.m. $32 per session or $10 walk-in. 745-8550.

Reach for the sky: Another chance to stretch out can be found at Growth in Motion in North Avondale. Fanchon Shur leads the 9 a.m. Wednesday Morning Wake Up as well as several other classes. Each one is a spiritual integration of yoga, Feldenkrais, modern dance, Laban Movement and Body-Mind centering. There's a class for adults and children together called Dancing with the Future. Prices range $20 per session to $120 per series. 221-3222.

A little help: Those who may have started the 10,000 steps program might be waning a bit on the motivation tip. The Conscious Living Center in Corryville wants to help. Their "Step Up Your Team" program is accepting teams and individuals for a nine-week program designed to step up your progress with mental and physical support. Health and wellness professionals are available to get you over plateaus and keep you motivated. Registration is open through Friday. Program begins Oct. 6. $42, includes pedometer; $35 if you already have one. 621-3600.

Three-way fun: The 24th annual Little Miami Triathlon returns 9 a.m. Sunday to Morgan's Livery in Fort Ancient. The Little Miami is a two-person team event where both of the team members must canoe six miles, run six miles and finish with an 18-mile bike ride. Both team members must finish all sections of the triathlon to get a final score. Music, food and beverages will be provided to participants only after the event at Fort Ancient State Park. Families are welcome to bring a picnic.

Fun in the outdoors: Here are two adventurous ways to stay fit. The Corbeau Ski Club presents an open house and membership drive 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the District 4 Police Station in Avondale. The club's objective is "to promote skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing within the African-American communities." Free. 931-8098 or

The public is invited to an open house 12-4 p.m. Saturday at the Adventure Outpost Camp in Winton Woods. Learn more about what experiences are available, participate in group initiatives, navigate low ropes course elements and climb a 23-foot wall. There also will be tours of the facilities and information on pricing, scheduling and program alternatives. Free, 521-7275.


Lace 'em up: Here's a reason to buy your boss Nikes for her birthday. Ball State University conducted a survey of 336 business owners and found that those who regularly run report better personal satisfaction, independence and autonomy than their non-running or weight-training counterparts. The study also found companies managed by runners reported better sales results than companies directed by non-runners. He says running and weight training increase job effectiveness.


Contact Shauna Scott Rhone by phone: 768-8511; fax: 768-8330; e-mail:

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