Library Corner: GCLD can help reboot your health and fitness

GCLD Catalog Associates Kim Bunning and Sherlock, who prepared for the trail with a pack of GCLD dogs, snowshoeed together. Kim has run 50 mile races and is currently training for 50k races this summer.
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January is the perfect time to reboot your health and fitness habits. Whether you’re looking to improve your eating habits, adopt a new fitness routine, or kick an unhealthy habit, the new year is a great time to make a fresh start.

Here in Grand County, however, January can be a tough time to maintain our fitness and health habits. Or, even more difficult, to form a new habit. It’s cold, it’s dark, it’s easy to get “stuck” on the couch. But there are some strategies we can use to help us “get unstuck,” and the Grand County Library District is here to help.

One of the most important things you can do to help you achieve your health and fitness goals is to make them fun. Pick something you like to do and want to do regularly.

If going to the gym just isn’t your thing, then set a goal that allows you to be outdoors or in your own home. Snowshoeing, fat biking, and skiing are great outdoor options here in Grand County.

GCLD has resources for some of your favorite outdoor activities, including guides, how-to books, and even snowshoes. If you have a furry friend, GCLD also offers a variety of dog backpacks. Through the Access Grand program, guests can reserve passes to Snow Mountain Ranch and Winter Park Resort.

Home fitness is a great option for indoor fun. You’ll find resources in the GCLD Libraries such as yoga mats, a variety of fitness DVDs, and online courses through Universal Class like “Yoga 101”, “Lifetime Wellness 101”, and “Weight Training 101”. Kanopy also offers fitness videos such as “Foundational Fitness”, “Optimizing Brain Fitness”, and “Fitness Fundamentals – Choose Your Activity”.

If you’re looking to access a local gym or recreation center, you can use the Access Grand program to get passes to Fraser Valley Rec, Grand Lake Fitness Center, and Middle Park Health Wellness Center.

Setting and sticking to goals is no small feat, especially if you’re starting something new for yourself. Try to focus on one step at a time. Get off the sofa. Put on your shoes. Exit through the door. If you have a pet, this can be a great motivator.

Take some of these steps to a GCLD library and browse a collection of the latest books on habit formation and goal setting that can help you. Check out for lists of books that include everything from exercise history, to peak performance, to meditation that can help you set and maintain your 2022 goals.

Any time is the perfect time to take advantage of GCLD’s vast collection of health and fitness resources. Here you’ll find the latest health and fitness books, magazines, videos and more.

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