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 a North location at 2768 Compass Drive. For more information, call 242-8746 or log on to www.crossroadsfitness.com.

Excuses, excuses: Don’t let them derail your workouts

When there’s something you really don’t want to do, you make excuses. My dog ate my homework. My alarm didn’t go off. When it comes to fitness and exercise, though, your excuses could have some merit.  The trick is to identify your excuse, then figure out a solution. This  could be the way to put […]

Take some comfort in your health club choice

Going to familiar places, doing things that come easy and spending time with loved ones and friends with which you can be yourself all constitute important forms of comfort. But what about your health club? Do you feel comfortable there, too? Walking into a health club or gym for the first time can be intimidating. […]

This summer, make time 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 also offers many opportunities for staying active. Remain aware, though, that changes in schedules can present challenges in keeping your fitness […]

What’s your fitness personality?

Understanding your personality can help you succeed in many areas of your life — work, relationships and even fitness. Physical activity is an expression of personal choices and comfort. Health and fitness goals are easier to achieve when they align with your personality. Identifying and participating in activities you enjoy makes it easier to achieve […]

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 […]

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