By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
We’re just barely a week into 2013, but already those New Year’s resolutions are crumbling away for some. Undoubtedly, the most popular resolutions revolve around fitness and weight-loss, but Gym memberships can be pricey. Thankfully, there are many resources in the area that can help with fitness at little to no cost.
Getting fit is deceptively easy, says Logan Boss with the Northwest Georgia Department of Public Health; it entails eating less, eating better and moving more. Study after study have touted the positive effects of exercise on the body, and according to Boss, North Georgians have a distinct advantage in getting a free work-out.
“Here in Rome and Floyd County, we are pretty blessed to have a wide range of facilities, and places for people to exercise. We have plenty of places where people can get out and walk, hike, and ride their bikes,” Boss says. “We’ve got a wonderful trail system in town, like the new trails over at Jackson Hill—--this trail system is constantly expanding. You can literally ride your bike from South Rome all the way to Berry.”
Boss recommends adults and seniors partake in 2½ hours a week of moderate to intense exercise alongside a muscle strengthening regiment. And, before you prep your bike for a long ride, he urges you to visit your doctor first, to make sure you’re physically healthy enough to engage in the strenuous activity.