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Getting Fit Returns at Blanco State Park
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 • Posted January 12, 2012

A great turnout at the First Day Fitness Hike (26 people at 10am on the first day of the year!) has inspired staff and volunteers at Blanco State Park to consider making the hike a regular program. It has also inspired the creation of another exercise program new to the park. A new fitness routine for a new year is at your fingertips in your local state park.

The next Fitness Hike will take place on Monday, January 16 at 10:00am. The guided hike is around one mile in length, with stops along the way for muscle building, balance and agility exercises. A fitness professional will lead you through the hike and movements. Please dress for outdoor exercise and bring water to drink.

The new program will bring to mind scenes you may have seen before, perhaps in a city where the parks were filled with people moving gracefully in beautiful unison. Maybe you have seen such a sight in a movie or on TV. What are those people doing and how did they learn to do it? They are practicing tai chi, a centuries old martial art. That martial arts name usually brings to mind kicking and punching, but tai chi is a series of slow, flowing movements that calm the mind, improve your balance and connect you to your surroundings and your breath. Where better to perform this age-old practice than at the edge of our beautiful Blanco River. On January 19 at 4:00 there will be a tai chi session for beginners and experienced alike at Blanco State Park. Again, please wear clothes for outdoor exercise and bring water to drink.

Both programs are free with the purchase of a day entry permit into Blanco State Park – $4.00 for those 13 and older, free for those 12 and younger and Texas State Park Pass holders. If you are interested in these programs and are not able to make it out on these days or have any other questions, please contact the Park Headquarters at 830-833-4333.

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