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Fox Valley Park District offers fitness 365 days a year

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Parks and trails are readily available as part of any exercise and fitness plan – no resolution needed – and offer the added perks of fresh air and scenic, natural beauty. | Submitted

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The Fox Valley Park District offers the following events:

Monday, Dec. 31: Family New Year’s Eve Party, Vaughan Athletic Center, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 10: Super Couponing 2: Saving on Everything, Eola Community Center, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Friday through Sunday, Jan. 11-13: Winter Stage presents “Anything Goes,” Prisco Community Center, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday

Updated: January 28, 2013 3:01PM

That does it! If I see one more holiday cookie I’m going to … probably eat it.

Once I finish another helping of lasagna, that is.

You know the feeling — that overstuffed, I-celebrated-too-much condition that is the yuletide tradition between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

It always ends with a thud on Jan. 1, when the guilt hits the fan and you propose the annual, well-meaning resolution to lose weight, get in shape and be more active — starting now!

So you join the wave and march to the nearest health club. The “resolutionists”always begin with the right idea — witness the gym crowds these next two months. But their ranks start to thin around March. Next holiday season, they’ll likely begin the cycle anew.

Problem is, dieting and fitness aren’t quick-fix solutions. You can’t go on a healthy soup-and-workout program for three months and quit if you want sustained results.

Fitness is a lifestyle — a permanent exercise plan that lives in perpetuity.

The Fox Valley Park District offers fitness centers and personal trainers to pave your way on that lifetime path. At each facility — Eola, Vaughan and Prisco — they practice what they preach and live the lifestyle they teach.

But there’s so much more to exercise and health than just working out. An active lifestyle is the ticket to better health and overall well-being.

The Park District promotes that ideal 365 days a year with boundless recreational opportunities. Chances are, there’s a park within a mile of where you live, considering there are 163 of them districtwide. A simple walk in the park — done regularly — can do wonders for one’s health and happiness.

But that’s just for starters. With a world-class, 43-mile network of trails traversing the district, we’re blessed with a beautiful venue of outdoor fitness options that include walking, running, hiking, bicycling, cross country skiing and inline skating — all amid the backdrop of nature and serenity in a safe environment that’s removed from the danger and annoyance of vehicular traffic.

While the days are shorter and the temperatures colder this time of year, open gym is a popular option. Everything from basketball, volleyball, pickle ball, badminton — even table tennis — is available. Check with Prisco, Eola and Vaughan for details and availability.

If you partake in open gym, you probably enjoyed playing sports while growing up — and still do. As childhood obesity rates continue to expand, engaging the young ones in active pursuits is an important responsibility.

To that end, the Park District offers thousands of youth programs each year. At the same time, new athletic fields are being created to meet increased demand. This spring, new soccer and ball fields open for play at Waubonsie Creek and New Haven parks. And, in 2014, the expansion of Stuart Sports Complex will be complete, with 36 soccer fields and eight ball fields to accommodate the dozens of local sports leagues.

Active parents are terrific role models. And, vice versa, energetic kids can have a positive effect on parents.

So make your resolution to have fun, and keep at it. There’s no limit and no end date. And you won’t have to keep making resolutions each Jan. 1, because this one is lived every day of every year. Happy 2013 — and beyond!

Jeff Long is the public relations manager for the Fox Valley Park District. Contact him at

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