I am back on the horse once again to share about yet another great Scottsdale resource for enhancing one’s health and fitnness. I promise that I won’t ride this one to death, but it is difficult to move on when there are so many outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation and exercise just within the boundaries of the city of Scottsdale. From Papago Park, to the McDowell Mountains, and so much in between; almost any type of activity can be found. Alright, I will come down from my ‘chamber of commerce’ like soapbox, and get to it.
The Scottsdale Greenbelt is a marvel of city planning and enginnering that happens to offer numerous choices for outdoor recreation. There are many estimates regarding the length of the greenbelt; 12 miles, 14 miles, and even one of 25 miles. What I do know is that it runs from Tempe Town lake, all the way north to Shea Blvd. The greenbelt features a paved path which runs for its entire length, and it passes by and through a number of parks, including one already highlighted in this space, Chaparral Park. So besides being able to walk, run, bike, or roller blade, (yes, people still do that),you can find soccer fields, basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, fishing, ball fields, a par course, a fitness center, and, a skateboard wedge.
So there is this wonderfully accessible resource right here in Scottsdale, and the weather is starting to cooperate, but it doesn’t end there. For the most part, this great boon to our health and wellness is free. There are some fees associated with Club Sar, the Indian Bend Tennis Center, and league play in sand volleyball, and softball, or other sports which require reserving the venue, but the bulk of the activities are there at no cost; except for whatever time and sweat you choose to put into them.
I can’t emphasize enough what a special resource this is. Except for major bodybuilding, (which you could do at club Sar), any activity that you might do at the gym, you can find available, although sometimes in a modified form, at the Scottsdale Greenbelt. This is not to say that you should drop your gym membership, only that there are many benefits to taking our exercise outside, when we can safely, of course. One major benefit is just to our minds, and our motivation, as a change in our fitness routine can be very rejuvenating. Also, if you have compared walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike to walking or biking outdoors, you know that there are differences to your body, and that the change of scenery makes the effort seem so much less. With our current changing season, I hope you will give it a try. You can find information re: locations of particular parks, or recreation centers, at www.scottsdaleaz.gov. and I recommend www.walkingabout.com for information and direction re: a walking fitness program.