Staying fit in Oro Valley has become easier than ever.

This fall, the parks and recreation department is offering opportunities for all ages to help you get or stay fit. Make sure you know about all the classes, special events and opportunities to keep you moving toward your fitness goals. Our Fall Program Guide is hot off the press. Pick one up at Oro Valley Town Hall or the Oro Valley Community Center, or visit us online anytime at orovalleyaz.gov to view a digital copy.

In the meantime, here are a few highlights of ways you can stay fit in the OV this fall.

Looking for a fun run? Here are three “fun” events from which you can choose:

Oct.  14 is the Monster Mash 5k/10k race. This run is part of the Monster Mash special event that includes pumpkin decorating, a spooky alley, and scary movie scavenger hunt. 

Get fit with your four-legged friend at the Doggie Dash and Dawdle. This 5k is Oct. 28 at Riverfront Park. After the race, a free dog festival will ensue with dog crafts, dog agility games, and of course, a costume contest.

Kick-off 2018 at the Hot Cocoa 5k on New Year’s Day at historic Steam Pump Ranch. Bring friends and family to celebrate the New Year.  After the race, participants enjoy hot cocoa, great music and maybe even a snowball fight!

If running’s not your thing, how about tennis? With 31 beautiful tennis courts to choose from, we’ve got you covered! Your Oro Valley Community Center offers drop-in play, lessons and leagues. 

Cooler weather is on the horizon, so it’s about time to dust off those golf clubs and plan to hit the links with your buddies. El Conquistador Golf—housed in the Oro Valley Community Center—has tee times and courses to fit your needs. And with all the summer rain, our courses are looking gorgeous! Golf is not only great for your physical health, but your mental health as well. Social interaction, concentration and spending time in nature have all been proven to improve mental health.

If you’re after a non-weight-bearing option to achieve your fitness goals, then head to the Oro Valley Aquatic Center. It is one of the largest and most beautiful swimming facilities in the region, and with a variety of programs, classes and lessons, it has what you need. When you are shoulder-deep in the water, your skeletal system only bears 10 percent of your total body weight, yet movement in the water builds muscular and cardiovascular strength. This is why swimming and pool-based exercise are some of the best non-weight-bearing exercises you can choose. Pool work is a great way to improve your overall fitness.  

It’s important to stay active, but don’t forget about diet and nutrition! They are just as critical to your overall health and wellness. Every Saturday at Steam Pump Ranch, you can find fresh produce, free range beef, gluten-free baked goods, pre-made meals, and much more at the Heirloom Farmers Market. You can even ride your bike there and get a token for $1 off any item.

Stay fit, OV!

Kristy Diaz-Trahan is the Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Director.

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