Stories written by Paula Reece

Paula and Dale Reece own Crossroads Fitness Centers in Grand Junction with a downtown location in the Alpine Bank Building at 225 N. Fifth St. and an airport location at 2768 Compass Drive. For more information, call 242-8746 or log on to

Put your heart into fitness with cardio

It’s no secret: To stay healthy, we must get our bodies moving every day. Movement strengthens our muscles, including our heart. Did you know the heart is the only muscle that never stops working?    Cardiovascular exercise keeps the heart strong. Learning what cardio exercise is and why it’s important is the first step. From […]

Yoga benefits body and mind

Yoga is all about learning to balance life with calmness and positive thinking. Yoga means “to join or yoke together” the body and mind into one experience. Yoga dates back more than 5,000 years and combines three main areas: breathing, exercise and meditation. Breathing techniques are based on the concept breathing is the source of […]

Fitness equipment or health club? Consider options carefully

It’s a new year and you want to get fit. Losing weight and eating right are at the top of your to-do list for 2017. But you’re also wondering on how the fitness piece is going to fit into your new healthy lifestyle puzzle. As with any project — especially one as important as your […]

This year, set goals — not resolutions

We’re approaching a new year and the overwhelming tradition of resolutions. Jan. 1 of every year has become that day when we make our lists and proclaim this will be the year we change our lives for the better. Losing weight, breaking bad habits and saving money usually top the lists. Will your New Year’s […]

Follow five tips for fall fitness

Fall can be a season when exercise routines waiver. It’s too cold to continue with many of the summer activities you enjoy. You could even become a little blue with the realization summer has ended and your favorite activities are over for a while. Still, fall brings with it many other opportunities. Here are five […]

Take a step — 10,000 a day, in fact — to fitness

Of the many physical activities that improve our health, walking constitutes one of the most beneficial. Nearly everyone regardless of age or fitness level can participate in this simple exercise and enjoy the benefits of maintaining weight, improving heart health and enhancing mental wellbeing. Moreover, people tend to stick with walking, making it a life-long […]

Group classes make exercise fun

Are you someone who’d never combine the words “exercise” and “fun” in the same sentence? You’re not alone. The health club industry has worked hard to come up with something new and exciting to engage and motivate people to exercise, and group exercise classes are no exception.  You might have heard of Virtual Reality Cycling […]

Olympics turn inspiration into action

The 2016 Summer Olympics are nearly upon us. It’s a time when the country unites to watch and cheer for the athletes. We’re inspired by their dedication to their sports, their talents and their competitive spirit. Watching these athletes can motivate us, whether in competitive sports or self-improvement. Thinking about what you want is actually […]

Summer a season for fun and fitness

We wait all year, it seems, for summer to arrive. Now it’s finally here. When most of us think about summer, we think about outdoor fun, vacations and a chance to kick back. Summer offers many opportunities for staying active.  Be aware, however: Changing schedules also could present challenges to keeping your fitness routine on […]

Think you can’t do a triathlon? Think again

The most popular form of a triathlon involves swimming, cycling and running performed with immediate transitions between each activity. Triathletes compete for the fastest overall time. This three-sport concept dates back as far as the 1920s, when the three disciplines were running, biking and canoing. The first triathlon as we know them today was held […]


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