Colorado is ablaze. Hundreds of people have lost their homes, and thousands more wait patiently in shelters with courage and hope that their lives will soon return to normal. It is one thing to see the news on television or read about it in the paper, but when you look outside your window and see a billowing plume of smoke fill the sky the significance of it all becomes very clear.
If having only 15 minutes to gather up your precious objects and irreplaceable items isn’t dreadful enough, hearing the news that your house is no longer standing has got to be the most devastating reality check ever. I would not wish this on anyone, and it breaks my heart to learn about the many who will have to start over and work very hard at putting their lives back together.
But, even with this terrible fire season in my home state, what never ceases to amaze me after any natural disaster is the astonishing resilience of the human spirit. Where do we find the hope and optimism in such a stressful time full of chaos and despair? Last night on the news, a reporter interviewed a man who had just found out his house burned to the ground. Instead of getting angry, feeling victimized, or hopeless, he just said, “Well, time to move on, I guess.” (more…)
Colorado repeats as the slimmest state, despite a slight increase in obesity of 0.2 percent over three years. In connection with a previous ranking, Governor Bill Ritter of Colorado told CalorieLab, “We’re not spared from the national obesity epidemic, and we must remain vigilant in order to guard against it. We’re doing all we can to encourage Coloradans — especially our kids — to take advantage of the natural resources our state offers in order to stay fit, healthy and happy.”
Connecticut was the second skinniest state, with the District of Columbia third, with its three-year average obesity rate actually falling by 0.8 percent from last year. Alaska and Oregon were the only other states whose three-year average obesity rates fell. (more…)
White water rafting is a fun, but challenging recreational sport involving an inflatable raft. This type of outdoor activity can be done with several people working together to navigate through the rough rapids of the river or similar body of water.
White water rafting not only challenges your physical ability, but mental as well. White water rafting helps improve your overall strength and endurance levels as well as self esteem, self confidence, and helps reduce stress levels. Team work is crucial, thus making it more fun! Below are a few safety tips, as well as a few of the best places to go white water rafting. Good luck and have fun!
White Water Rafting Safety Tips:
Fall is upon us, which means winter is right around the corner. Winter is one of my favorite times of the year due to the skiing/snowboarding season. Skiing and snowboarding are both great cardiovascular and lower leg strength and endurance workouts that will give you an intense, all day workout, but you’ll be having too much fun to even notice.
If you have never been skiing or snowboarding, I totally recommend you do so this season. Although skiing/snowboarding is a rather expensive hobby, getting off the chair lift and viewing the wide open snow covered wilderness is completely worth it! Check out the best ski/snowboard resorts in the world below!
Best Skiing/Snowboarding Resorts In The World:
Denver is the capitol of Colorado, as well as the most populated city, with a population of over 610,000 people. It is known as ‘The Mile High City’ because of its mile high elevation. Denver’s climate consists of four distinct seasons that average around fifty degrees.
Denver is home to the largest airport by land mass in the United States with a grand total of fifty-three square miles of coverage. It is also home to the Denver Broncos (football), Colorado Rockies (baseball), Denver Nuggets (basketball), and the Colorado Avalanche (hockey). Denver is an extremely fit city due to the wide variety of outdoor activities, but for those who want to sweat inside, below are the best gyms that help keep the Denver population at their top fitness levels. (more…)