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

This holiday, give the gift of healthy living

Finding the perfect holiday gift for that special someone presents a challenging task. Consider giving the gift of health, fitness and nutrition. You’ll not only offer something they’ll love, but also a gift that keeps on giving. Whether you’re buying for a spouse, parent or friend that’s either a fitness enthusiast or beginner, here are […]

Follow these timely tips to keep fit for fall

Fall can be a season when exercise routines waiver. It’s no longer summer, but not yet winter. 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 […]

How to choose a personal trainer

It used to be only Hollywood celebrities who attributed their fabulously fit bodies to personal trainers. Not anymore. People of all income brackets, ages and fitness levels hire personal trainers to help them meet their goals. While a healthy lifestyle has become a top priority for many people, they sometimes lack the direction and guidance […]

Functional fitness exercises offer training for life

Think of the movements you go through every day: getting into and out of your car, reaching for an item on the top shelf at the grocery store, bending down to pick up a child. Most of time, we don’t even think about these movements — until we can’t manage them with ease. This is […]

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 […]


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