Happy New Year’s from Sheridan, Wyoming, everyone! With two weeks left to go before the doctor gives the okay for me to cut loose and start exercising again, it’s time to start looking at some of the options. For those who are local to Sheridan, Wyoming, there are some excellent low-cost resources for losing weight in accordance with those New Year’s resolutions, which will allow us all to keep up with those plans of action even in the bitter cold weather.
Depending on which part of Sheridan you’re living in, there is a great option for general fitness training that will help get you conditioned for the warm months. My personal favorite option is the Holiday Inn – and not just because it’s near my own home, not far from Sheridan Community College. The Holiday Inn offers a great monthly price for the use of their pool, hot tub, sauna, and weight room. For just $15 per month for an individual or $35 per month for families, you can have unlimited access to these particular amenities. The pool room (which also includes the hot tub and sauna) closes at 11:00 p.m., but you can go to the weight room at any time of day or night, it’s open 24 hours!
I used to go to the Sheridan, Wyoming Holiday Inn weight room regularly, and have yet to have to share the place with anyone I didn’t bring with me. They have a recumbent exercise bike, a couple of treadmills, a couple of great elliptical machines, and some great weight-lifting machines that allow you to really target different areas of your body for great toning. I used to be quite a night owl, and really loved having this option that would allow me to work out at 1:30 in the morning, and it’s a lot safer than the bike path at night.
The YMCA has some awesome weight rooms and pools, though you do have to abide by their set hours. One of the great benefits of the Sheridan YMCA, though, is that they offer time with fitness experts to help you develop a good weight training regimen for yourself that is custom-tailored around any weaknesses you may have. For instance, when I was going there regularly I had a bad left knee and a weak left wrist from a previous break. They were able to explain what kind of limitations this put on me, and suggest some great exercises to help strengthen my weak points. The YMCA also boasts some great classes and teams to help super-charge your exercise goals – including Tae Kwon Do and indoor soccer.
Finally, Sheridan, Wyoming, does still boast a very discreet Curves that is located just off of main street. It’s very central, and it’s in a basement so no one can even look in the windows at you exercising. An enthusiastic Zumba group meets regularly at Scotty’s Skate Castle, and the Sheridan bike path is a beautiful scenic walk, run, or ride even in the middle of winter.
My own New Year’s resolutions include attending at least three fun runs this year, and I hope to see some of you there, or have others join in a similar goal from distant locations. I also plan on reducing my post-baby dimensions down to a point that I am comfortable with, and I will shortly be posting my current and goal measurements for the year. I do not own a scale, and while weight may be somewhat important, I do believe that the inches are even more telling of progress – and I have measuring tapes. Once the weather warms up a little bit, I plan on including the Sheridan Dog & Cat Shelter into my normal fitness routine as well – do not underestimate the motivational power of a dozen pairs of puppy-dog eyes begging you to take them for a walk, too, before you pack up and go home for the day.
Where are you reading this from? I’d love to hear about fitness opportunities in your particular area that other readers may be able to benefit from. Please post a comment with your location (or, if you’re uncomfortable giving it, just the state) and the types of opportunities you’ve found in your area that might help others keep their fitness goals.
With that, Happy New Year’s to all, and may your resolutions become your reality this year. It takes a lot of work to make most resolutions come true, but deliberate action can achieve even your wildest goals, so hang in there!