FOR YOUR HEALTH
F YOU ARE someone who enjoys being active outdoors, the winter months can feel like an eternity of
deprivation. It’s difficult to get motivated for a bike ride
or a run, or to drag that rowing shell out to the water,
for instance, when temperatures are hovering in the
30s and 40s and it’s pouring down rain.
Fortunately, as you’ll see in the articles on the
following pages, it’s possible to stay connected to
your favorite activities, with some minor variations,
throughout the dreaded dark days.
Technological advances in equipment and the
proliferation of public and private facilities have made
participating in team sports and individual athletic
endeavors attainable year-round.
Indoor cycling, once a model of drudgery and
boredom, has taken a dramatic and exciting turn.
Whether you enjoy spin classes at the gym or
want to keep your legs in shape at home, new
machines offer a wide variety of connectivity. Want
to race a virtual leg of the Tour de France? Climb
the road to Haleakala?
Treadmills have seen similar advancements, giving runners the ability to re-create their favorite outdoor routes or challenge themselves with new ones,
based on actual routes around the world.
Even rowing machines have benefited from
inventive advances, using a variety of approaches to
keep users engaged.
Whatever activity motivates you, the winter
months are no longer a time of idleness and loss of
muscle tone. And Costco is there every step of the
way, with gym memberships, exercise machines,
healthy food and more. Now you can stay in the
game year-round.—T. Foster Jones