Monday, November 10, 2003

Fit bits: Ways to stay active and healthy

By Shauna Scott Rhone
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Do it

Walk it off: Two hikes Saturday around Hamilton County parks give a last look at autumn's color show. Meet the Glenwood Gardens naturalist at 3 p.m. at the Gatehouse for a special tour. Glenwood Gardens, in Woodlawn, is part quiet formal garden and part wild natural woods. The tour makes a quick stop in the formal gardens and then hikes through the wild habitat.

Take a leisurely stroll around Hedgeapple Trail at Woodland Mound in Anderson Township, also at 3 p.m. The park's naturalist will be waiting at the entrance of Hedgeapple Trail to begin the tour and discuss what the woods' residents are doing to prepare for winter.

Both hikes are free, reservations not required. 521-7275;

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Bounce this way: The Greater Cincinnati Xtreme Basketball League is accepting registration for its pre-spring leagues. There are two levels, competitive and noncompetitive, and boys' and girls' divisions for grades 6-9, junior varsity and varsity play. League begins March 7 at the Fairfield High School Arena.

The league is also looking for coaches to assist in its And1 AAU basketball leagues. Coaches must have played high school or college basketball or coached AAU basketball for at least two years. 829-0894.


Here's two more: As a follow-up to last week's story on Curves, both Jazzercise (, with classes going on all over, and Liberty Fitness Center ( in West Chester Township, are available to help Tristate women get and stay fit. In fact, Alyssa Dennis at Liberty says a new center's opening soon in Fairfield.

Yoga lovers: Have a heartwarming, insightful, humorous or spiritual story about your yoga experience? Has it changed your outlook on personal, professional or interpersonal relationships? Health Communications, Inc. Books is compiling stories for For the Yoga Lover's Body, Mind and Soul, due to be published in August. Visit for story submission information, or write to For the Yoga Lover, Attention: Story Submissions, 3201 S.W. 15th St., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

The big race: For new runners thinking about venturing into a 10K race, the fitness Web site offers these tips on training for your first:

• Find a running buddy to help keep you on your training timetable.

• Increase your running by a half-mile every week until you can comfortably run 3 miles a day, three days a week.

• Do more of your runs in the morning, since most 10Ks have early starts.

• Include cross-training, like swimming, yoga and cycling, to increase stamina and decrease boredom.

• Make sure to stay well hydrated. Drink before, during and after all your runs for peak performance.

• The week of the race, run 3-4 miles in the early part of the week and allow a day or two of rest before the big day. Eat light the night before the race, get to bed early and enjoy the run.


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

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