Showing posts from May, 2016

Healthy Living for May from EPRD

School is ending and warm weather is finally arriving - what a great time of year to stay fit and healthy! Your body can handle all those outdoor activities better if you give it some TLC - lifting weights and stretching or doing yoga (even on a stand-up paddleboard at Buchanan Ponds starting in June) to complement running and riding, or getting a regular massage to help your muscles recover faster. Visit your neighborhood Rec Center twice a week to stay in optimal condition for play!

Healthy Body
Amp Up Your Bodyweight Workout
You've got squats down, you can lunge with the best of them, your push-ups are on point, and you're a burpee pro. Bodyweight exercises in EPRD's fitness classes are amazing at keeping you fit, but there comes a time when you need to kick it up a notch. says here's how.

Healthy Mind
Exercise Helps With Anxiety and Depression
A new study published in the Denver Post says exercise increases the level of neurotransmitters associated with depres…

Bodywork at EPRD: Massage and Acupuncture

You lie on a table in near darkness, covered by a soft blanket, your eyes closed, breathing in the scent of lavender and listening to the tranquil sound of a bubbling fountain as hands gently but firmly knead the tension out of your muscles. An hour and a half passes as though in a dream. You emerge from this cocoon feeling serene, ready to face the world again.

No, it's not TallGrass. Believe it or not, you can have the experience of a relaxing full-body massage for a fraction of the cost of a spa, in the pastoral massage room tucked into a corner of Buchanan Park Recreation Center. Experienced massage therapists work their magic to soothe nervous tension, increase blood circulation, and alleviate muscle cramping, tightening and knots. Benefits of MassageWhat exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments? Massage can: Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays…

Mental Training & Preparation for a Tri

The Power of the MindGuest Blogger Courtney Culligan

This is an excerpt from an inspirational email Coach Courtney Culligan sent to Evergreen Park & Recreation District's Tri-Evergreen training group

I want to reinforce the concept of mental training and preparation for all of you. I know that several of you have had that, "oh, wow" realization that race day is coming up (whether it be 4 weeks, 8 weeks or 12 weeks away) and have expressed to me personal worries - am I going to be ready? Can I do this .... really? What if the weather is bad? What if I have a flat tire??
Mental Preparation
A huge part of your training and race experience is focusing on the mental preparation for your experience as well as your physical preparation.  One of the most important things you can do is to visualize a successful race day and mentally think through your plans for the event.  I want you to think in POSITIVES but be prepared mentally for things that may not go perfectly for you.  How…