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Because it’s good for you, that’s why!

Good Morning All!

It is a cloudy day here in Austin, but beautiful non-the less.

There is so much action going on around here this morning with ACL starting today and tons of people migrating in for the music festival’s 10th anniversary.

I know it can be tough to stay on a workout routine while away from home, and with so many visitors coming in from out of town I thought I would share a few ideas for ways to enjoy the city, and get some exercise while not actually “exercising.”  Enjoy!

Walk or bike to your destination instead of driving or taking a cab

And with the weather being so pleasant lately, it would be silly not to at least try this option. Austin is a very pedestrian friendly town, with plenty of bike lanes and sidewalks. Besides getting good exercise, bicyclists can park free at their destination and help ease road congestion.

Check out the City of Austin’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program for more information:


Visit one of Austin’s beautiful parks to take a dip in the river

Photo courtesy of Ellis Goodwin http://trackdayonline.blogspot.com/

My favorite spot in Austin is the Roy G. Guerrero, Colorado River Metropolitan Park located off of Grove Blvd.

To get to this hidden beach you must first walk down a trail filled with mixed terrain and slopes. Once you get past the short walk you are rewarded with a sandy beach and cool water.

I personally like to get in and jog against the current in order to maximize my exercise efforts. (As does Dexter!)

Photo courtesy of Ellis Goodwin http://trackdayonline.blogspot.com/

In addition, the Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail is an AWESOME choice. I know I mentioned it on my last post, but due to ACL you’ll be able to hear live music from your favorite bands making it even better this weekend!

Here is the Austin Park Directory for you to decide which to try:


Take a Walking Tour of Austin

This city is FILLED with history! And what better way to discover it than to take a tour of the “Live Music Capital of the World.”

Visit http://www.austintexas.org/visitors/heritage/ for more History of Austin information, or pick up a free guide from the visitors center located at 209 E. 6th Street.

Now go enjoy the weekend!

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We all love ice cream, but the extra pounds it adds?…Not so much. Get the same satisfaction from a much healthier snack…popsicles! This cousin of ice cream cuts out those extra calories and fat grams while still giving us the same refreshing snack on a hot summer day. There are many different recipes that save you both calories AND cash, but here are a few I found this morning on Yahoo’s Health Page.

To make the following recipes, use a 3 ounce Dixie Cup, plastic wrap, and popsicle sticks!

  1. Watermelon-Lime-Cilantro Popsicles – In a blender, combine 3 cups cubed, seeded watermelon, 6   tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp honey and 3 tbsp fresh lime juice. Stir in 2 tsp chopped fresh cilantro and enjoy this snack for only 62 calories!
  2. Chunky Pineapple-Chili Popsicles – In a blender, combine 2 cups cubed fresh pineapple, 3/4 cup pineapple juice, 3 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp fresh lime juice and 1 teaspoon ground ancho chile. Stir in 1 cup coarsely chopped pineapple for a measly 61 calories total!
  3. Crunchy Peanut Butter-Banana Popsicles – In a blender, combine 3 medium bananas, 1 cup 1 percent milk, 3 tbsp honey and 5 tbsp natural peanut butter. Stir in 1/4 cup lightly salted dry roasted chopped peanuts. This one is a little heavier on the calories at 165, but worth it!
  4. Avocado Mango Popsicles – In a blender, combine 3 cups cubed mango, 3/4 ripe avocado, 5 tbsp sugar and 3 tbsp fresh lime juice. Stir in 1 tbsp grated orange zest. At just 93 calories per serving, these are a must have!

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