Vail health: Burn some calories before tucking into the turkey
EAGLE COUNTY – Looking for a little exercise before you tuck into a turkey feast on Thursday? Don’t worry, local gyms are offering lots of ways to help you burn calories before the tryptophan coma sets in. • The Vail Vitality Center at the Vail Athletic Club is offering two events designed to jumpstart your metabolism on Thursday: the Gobble Wobble and Yoga Body Bootcamp. The second annual Gobble Wobble is led by Ellen Miller and takes place from 7:30 to 9 a.m.; Yoga Body Bootcamp will be taught by Tracy Long from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The Gobble Wobble is a high-energy walk/hike/run up Golden Peak with Miller, a climber, renowned cardio coach, and founder of Mountain Divas and Outdoor Fitness. The group meets at the Vail Vitality Center front desk (located downstairs at Vail Mountain Lodge in Vail Village) at 7:30 a.m., and embark on a guided snow hike. The Gobble Wobble is offered free of charge and is open to Vail Vitality Center members and non-members of all abilities. Participants are encouraged to wear trail running shoes or lightweight hiking shoes, dress in layers, bring Yaxtrax or Micro-spikes and wear a big smile.Yoga Body Bootcamp is a new yoga-fitness hybrid created by Deborah Williamson, offering a total body workout that combines yoga poses and interval sessions. In addition to an intense, sweaty, fun, ever-evolving workout, participants achieve different brainwave states that moving and breathing in this particular way manifest. Cost for Yoga Body Bootcamp is $15 for members or guests. The class takes place at The Yoga Studio at the Vail Vitality Center. For information or to register for either class, visit http://www.vailathleticclub.com or call 970-476-7721.• The Athletic Club at The Westin hosts its fifth annual Turkey Trot Fun Run Thursday morning.”Burn the calories before you eat them all up,” said Lindsay Duddy, the fitness lead at the club. “It’s a fun, healthy holiday event. It’s a great event because all the proceeds go to charity and it’s good for our community to get together for an event.”The free walk/run starts at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Athletic Club at The Westin, located at 126 Riverfront Lane in Avon, and includes both 5K and 10K distances. Families of all ages are welcome, including dogs. Costumes are encouraged.”People get dressed up for it,” Duddy said. “It’s really fun. And if you don’t want to run it, you can walk.”Afterwards, a light breakfast will be served. After the race, stay for a yoga or cardio class from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.Donations to the Salvation Army of Vail are appreciated, either of kids’ winter clothing or $15. For more information, call 970-790-2051 or visit http://www.athleticclubwestin.com.• Dogma Athletica in Edwards is offering a gratitude-centered Thanksgiving Day yoga class on Thursday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Yoga instructor Elena Georgouses will teach the class. There will be a guided meditation at the beginning and a longer savasana at the end so participants can focus on the blessings life offers. The class is $18 drop in fee or free for members. Call 970-688-4433 to learn more.• Over at Aria Spa & Club, you can participate in the Thanksgiving triathalon workout. Trainer Patti Hyre will teach her annual Turkey Blast Camp starting at 9:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. The camp starts with a 30-minute spin class, followed by a 45-minute boot camp focused on cardio and strength training. The T-Day classes have been a tradition for the past nine years, Hyre said. After the boot camp, yoga instructor Libby Maio will teach an hour long yoga class. Reserve a spot for the spin class if interested, as spots are filling up. Classes are free for members and $20 for nonmembers. Call 970-476-7400 to learn more.• Head for the Eagle-Vail pool Thanksgiving morning, as The Youth Foundation hosts its sixth annual “Turkey Trot,” a dog and costume-friendly 5K family fun run and walk throughout Eagle-Vail.Scheduled for a 9:30 a.m. start, registration is currently underway and priced at $10. To register, contact Katie Santambrogio at 748-5987 or visit http://www.theyouthfoundation.org. Procrastinators can also register the day of the run, beginning at 8:30 a.m.All proceeds from the Turkey Trot will benefit The Youth Foundation’s PwrHrs program and the Eric Spry Memorial Scholarship Fund. All participants that make an additional contribution of $10 or more will be registered for a chance to win a Vail Resorts 2012-13 Epic Pass.