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Here's to You: The three R's -- Rejuvenate, relax, refresh

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Rejuvenate, relax, refresh - words that show what many of us desire, want, need and crave.

We are all looking for the ability to rejuvenate ourselves in the attempt to get through the week, the month, the year. We crave to find the time to relax from the stress in our day, we desire the refreshing feeling of a new day with each passing hour. What would you do if I told you that I have the answer that you have been looking for?

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The answer is simple: Go outside, go to a park, play with your kids on the playground, enjoy a walk, be part of nature, take the time to recreate. The benefits of parks and recreation are endless - not only are the personal and health benefits irreplaceable, the social, economic and environmental benefits are endless and invaluable.

Recreation is FUN, and it should be, but fun isn't the only reason to recreate. Heath benefits of recreation are an ongoing list, from decrease in the epidemic of obesity in our society to the chronic diseases that affect nearly every American directly or indirectly, as well as decreases in diabetes and cancer. Getting outside and moving, playing and walking can change your entire outlook on your day, week and even your life.

E Obesity continues to be a major health concern for our children and ourselves. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, in 2009 nearly 63 percent of Minnesota adults were either overweight or obese. Obesity comes with a slew of effects, both immediate and gradual - coronary heart disease, certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, respiratory problems and psychological issues such as depression and fatigue. A major contributing factor to obesity and its onset of diseases is the lack of physical inactivity. Studies have shown that participation in meaningful recreational activities can aid in the prevention of disease and can improve mental health.

E Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. The leading cause for coronary heart disease is physical inactivity. We know exercise, even moderate exercise for 20-30 minutes a day, several times a week, can be directly related to reductions in the incidences and mortality of coronary heart disease.

E The second-leading cause of death in America is cancer. In 2006 the American Cancer Society estimated that 559,888 Americans died of cancer, and that nearly one in every two men and one in three women will develop cancer. It has been shown that leading an active lifestyle through recreation, fitness and sports can help in the prevention of certain types of cancer, particularly colon, breast and lung cancers.

Taking part in recreational activities has proven to be a valuable tool for hospitals and clinics in the assistance of restoring physical, mental and social capacities and abilities. Those who recreate and take part in physical activities are happier people. Recreation can also enhance personal growth, reduce depression, reduce tension and anxiety, build self-esteem, encourage renewal, increase relaxation and develop a sense of well being and self worth.

So why not recreate? If it was only that easy...

It is that easy. Parks and recreation programs are steps outside your door - just take the first step. The City of Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department offers the space and the programs that rejuvenate your mind, relax your spirit and refresh your body.

Take part in the Passport for Fitness program and enjoy the variety of the best fitness classes that Bemidji has to offer, from Zumba and Pilates to rock climbing and kayaking. Try something new - you may enjoy a fun new workout.

Join a walking club, available indoors and out. A 30- to 60-minute walk around the mall, along the West Shore Trail or at Diamond Point Park can all add up: That walk three to six times a week for a total of three or more hours can reduce a woman's risk of heart disease by 30 percent.

Buggy Bootcamp allows you to work out while bonding with your child. Stroll along the trail and take part in a unique interval workout that uses your stroller as a piece of fitness equipment, as well as benches, swings and playground equipment. Play and work out while putting a smile on your child's face as well as your own.

Set goals you never thought possible and run a 5k with eight weeks of training by taking part in the free Couch to 5k programs. With e-mail and weekly group runs, you will receive motivation and camaraderie to enjoy your run.

Take the first step and take advantage of the programs and the parks Bemidji has to offer. Take advantage of the lake, the parks, the recreation programs and get outside and recreate.

To see what Bemidji Parks and Recreation has to offer, check out the city website at www.ci.bemijdi.mn.us or check Facebook under Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department.

Samantha Parker is the events coordinator for the Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department.

Rejuvenate, relax, refresh - words that show what many of us desire, want, need and crave.

We are all looking for the ability to rejuvenate ourselves in the attempt to get through the week, the month, the year. We crave to find the time to relax from the stress in our day, we desire the refreshing feeling of a new day with each passing hour. What would you do if I told you that I have the answer that you have been looking for?

The answer is simple: Go outside, go to a park, play with your kids on the playground, enjoy a walk, be part of nature, take the time to recreate. The benefits of parks and recreation are endless - not only are the personal and health benefits irreplaceable, the social, economic and environmental benefits are endless and invaluable.

Recreation is FUN, and it should be, but fun isn't the only reason to recreate. Heath benefits of recreation are an ongoing list, from decrease in the epidemic of obesity in our society to the chronic diseases that affect nearly every American directly or indirectly, as well as decreases in diabetes and cancer. Getting outside and moving, playing and walking can change your entire outlook on your day, week and even your life.

- Obesity continues to be a major health concern for our children and ourselves. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, in 2009 nearly 63 percent of Minnesota adults were either overweight or obese. Obesity comes with a slew of effects, both immediate and gradual - coronary heart disease, certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, respiratory problems and psychological issues such as depression and fatigue. A major contributing factor to obesity and its onset of diseases is the lack of physical inactivity. Studies have shown that participation in meaningful recreational activities can aid in the prevention of disease and can improve mental health.

- Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. The leading cause for coronary heart disease is physical inactivity. We know exercise, even moderate exercise for 20-30 minutes a day, several times a week, can be directly related to reductions in the incidences and mortality of coronary heart disease.

- The second-leading cause of death in America is cancer. In 2006 the American Cancer Society estimated that 559,888 Americans died of cancer, and that nearly one in every two men and one in three women will develop cancer. It has been shown that leading an active lifestyle through recreation, fitness and sports can help in the prevention of certain types of cancer, particularly colon, breast and lung cancers.

Taking part in recreational activities has proven to be a valuable tool for hospitals and clinics in the assistance of restoring physical, mental and social capacities and abilities. Those who recreate and take part in physical activities are happier people. Recreation can also enhance personal growth, reduce depression, reduce tension and anxiety, build self-esteem, encourage renewal, increase relaxation and develop a sense of well being and self worth.

So why not recreate? If it was only that easy...

It is that easy. Parks and recreation programs are steps outside your door - just take the first step. The City of Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department offers the space and the programs that rejuvenate your mind, relax your spirit and refresh your body.

Take part in the Passport for Fitness program and enjoy the variety of the best fitness classes that Bemidji has to offer, from Zumba and Pilates to rock climbing and kayaking. Try something new - you may enjoy a fun new workout.

Join a walking club, available indoors and out. A 30- to 60-minute walk around the mall, along the West Shore Trail or at Diamond Point Park can all add up: That walk three to six times a week for a total of three or more hours can reduce a woman's risk of heart disease by 30 percent.

Buggy Bootcamp allows you to work out while bonding with your child. Stroll along the trail and take part in a unique interval workout that uses your stroller as a piece of fitness equipment, as well as benches, swings and playground equipment. Play and work out while putting a smile on your child's face as well as your own.

Set goals you never thought possible and run a 5k with eight weeks of training by taking part in the free Couch to 5k programs. With e-mail and weekly group runs, you will receive motivation and camaraderie to enjoy your run.

Take the first step and take advantage of the programs and the parks Bemidji has to offer. Take advantage of the lake, the parks, the recreation programs and get outside and recreate.

To see what Bemidji Parks and Recreation has to offer, check out the city website at www.ci.bemijdi.mn.us or check Facebook under Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department.

Samantha Parker is the events coordinator for the Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department.

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