Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Entertainment listings, Dec. 18, 2014-Jan. 1, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Let it snow, let it snow, LET IT SNOW!

I'm waiting for snow. Rather impatiently, as I'm desperate to cross-country ski.

I enjoy cross-country skiing, but I'm pretty inexperienced at it. So, I really have no business attempting a 23-kilometer ski race. But I've entered it, and now I need to train.

The Fit List

The Fit List will appear sporadically during the winter, depending on the number of upcoming races. Here’s what I’ve got through the New Year:

Weekend of Dec. 13-14:

Gifts fit for an athlete

Black Friday has come and gone, and I have yet to purchase a single Christmas gift. This is nothing new, and I'm not panicking. Yet.

If you also have a lot of shopping to do and an athlete to buy for, you're in luck. I talked with several endurance athletes about what they hope to find under the tree and gift ideas for other athletes in their sports.

Here are their suggestions:

Tiffany DeSpain - Savoy Recreation Center

Tiffany DeSpain - Savoy Recreation Center: Play now!

Brian Moline talks with the Director of the Savoy Recreation Center about some of their unique offerings, including pickle ball.

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Taking the necessary steps

URBANA — Judy Havlicek doesn't let much slow her down. She runs 7-minute miles in marathons. But Achilles tendinitis has prevented her from running since this summer. So she walks, at a fast clip, for an hour every day.

"I try to do it every day," she says. "The weather is fine if you dress correctly."

The Fit List

Looking for a way to burn off all those calories you consumed on Thanksgiving? Me too. Here are some options:

Weekend of Nov. 29-30:

Stuff ‘N Puff 5K

Sleeping tight? UI study attempts to show link between rest, obesity in kids

We are a sleep-deprived nation.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, nearly 30 percent of adults report sleeping less than six hours a day, rather than the seven or eight hours recommended. And just 31 percent of high school students report getting at least eight hours of sleep on an average school night.

The Fit List

Here’s your list of races:

Weekend of Nov. 22-23:

Run for the Library

The Fit List

Yes, it’s cold out. Dress in layers, and keep running. Here’s your list of races:

Weekend of Nov. 15-16:
Abe’s Trail Trek