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Get Fit for Summer Activities in the Gunnison Valley


Woman hiker stretching in preparation of summer activities in the Gunnison Valley


As the snow melts and the vibrant colors of summer emerge in the Gunnison Valley, it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the wealth of activities our beautiful region has to offer. Whether you’re hiking, biking, kayaking, or simply exploring the stunning landscapes, getting fit for summer activities ensures you can fully embrace the season. Here’s your guide to getting fit and making the most of your summer in the Gunnison Valley.


1. Start with a Plan


Setting fitness goals can be incredibly motivating. Whether it’s hiking a specific trail, biking a certain distance, or improving your overall stamina, having clear goals will keep you focused. Start with a fitness assessment to understand your current level and set achievable milestones.


2. Take Advantage of Local Trails


The Gunnison Valley boasts an extensive network of trails perfect for hiking and biking. Begin with easier trails like the Lower Loop in Crested Butte or the Van Tuyl Ranch in Gunnison to build your stamina. As you progress, challenge yourself with more demanding trails such as the Snodgrass Mountain Trail or the Doctor Park Trail.


3. Join a Local Fitness Group


One of the best ways to stay motivated is to join a local fitness group. The Gunnison Valley Women’s Network has set up member groups for members to organizes group hikes, bike rides, and other outdoor activities. Connecting with others who share your fitness goals can provide support, encouragement, and accountability.


4. Incorporate Strength Training


Strength training is essential for overall fitness and injury prevention. Focus on exercises that target the major muscle groups used in your favorite activities. For hiking, strengthen your legs with squats and lunges. For biking, work on your core and upper body with planks and push-ups. Many local gyms offer strength training classes tailored to different fitness levels. We love the little CB South Fitness gym!


5. Practice Yoga and Stretching


Flexibility and balance are key components of fitness, especially for outdoor activities. Yoga and stretching can improve your range of motion, reduce muscle stiffness, and enhance your performance. Consider joining a yoga class in Gunnison or Crested Butte, or follow online routines that you can do from home.


6. Stay Hydrated and Eat Well


Proper nutrition and hydration are vital for maintaining energy levels and overall health. As the temperatures rise, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, especially before, during, and after outdoor activities. Focus on a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains to fuel your body.


7. Get Your Gear Ready


Having the right gear can make all the difference in your outdoor adventures. Ensure your hiking boots, bike, kayak, or other equipment are in good condition. Invest in appropriate clothing, sunscreen, and accessories like hats and sunglasses to protect yourself from the elements.


8. Listen to Your Body


As you ramp up your fitness routine, it’s important to listen to your body and avoid overexertion. Take rest days to allow your muscles to recover and prevent injuries. If you experience pain or discomfort, consult a healthcare professional.


9. Explore New Activities


The Gunnison Valley offers a wide range of activities beyond the usual hiking and biking. Try something new this summer, like paddleboarding on Blue Mesa Reservoir, rock climbing in Taylor Canyon, or fly fishing in one of our pristine rivers. Diversifying your activities keeps your fitness routine exciting and engages different muscle groups.


10. Celebrate Your Progress


Lastly, celebrate your achievements! Whether you’ve reached a fitness milestone, completed a challenging trail, or tried a new activity, take pride in your progress. Share your successes with friends, family, or through the Gunnison Valley Women’s Network to inspire others.


The Gunnison Valley is a playground of natural beauty and outdoor adventures, and getting fit for summer ensures you can make the most of it. By following these tips and embracing the active lifestyle our community offers, you’ll be ready to tackle whatever the season brings. Here’s to a summer filled with fitness, fun, and the great outdoors!

2 comentários


Kylie Springer
Kylie Springer
06 de jun.

And add Pilates to your routine!

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cbcroke
cbcroke
07 de jun.
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Yes! Pilates is a great way to get fit and stay in shape! 😊

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