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

With planning, vacations can still be fitness-friendly

Vacations, long car trips and busy schedules can all lead to major disruptions in our fitness routines. Whether traveling by car or plane, staying in hotels or with family, you can keep fitness a part of each day. Here are a few tips to help make your vacations more fitness-friendly: Sitting in a car for […]

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 […]

Add cross training to make your fitness routine anything but

It’s been said variety is the spice of life, and there’s some truth to that statement. We get into daily routines and complete many of our tasks without thinking about them. We go to work at the same time, eat at the same time and take out the garbage on pickup day. Routines can be […]

Share fitness pains and gains with a friend

You’ve decided to get into shape. It won’t be easy and there’ll be days you just don’t feel like working out.  Do you want to know a secret to a successful plan? Work out with a friend. Statistics show that having someone who shares in your health and fitness goals will make your journey more […]

Healthy lifestyle too important to put off

Do you procrastinate? Do you tend to put off things you don’t want or know how to do? Maybe you have good intentions, but let other things move to the top of your to-do list.    Although there are many areas of life that one can “put off,” the one that stands out like a […]

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 […]


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