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In the days before “shelter in place” were the watchwords on everyone’s mind, a national survey was underway to find the fittest city in each state.
In New Mexico, Insurify said Las Cruces was selected for its “excellent track record of supporting health and fitness.”
Insurify analyzed communities for the availability and accessibility of outdoor recreation areas and for the proportion of community members working in jobs that promote health and fitness or that demand significant physical activity like park rangers, fitness club managers or dieticians.
Cities were also reviewed based on the highest proportion of residents living within a ten-minute walk to a park.
The recognition shines a positive light on the community, but that was then.
This is now.
The gyms are closed, but many Las Crucens are hungry to stay fit while maintaining social distance.
Some are walking, jogging or running alone or in small groups. Others are watching yoga and fitness lessons online because the studios and spas they once frequented are shuttered.
Albuquerque-based Group HIIT (high-intensity interval training) is offering free 60-day subscriptions to its fitness website to help New Mexicans stay active during the pandemic.
Group HIIT co-owner Marlena Shirley said new users will have unlimited access to an online library of more than 300 workouts, including yoga and day-by-day programs designed for individuals, families and children. The workouts require little to no equipment so families can get started immediately.
Shirley said at-home exercise, even during a period of government-advised social distancing, does not have to feel isolating.
“We encourage users to follow a program with friends or family members, even if they do not live together,” Shirley said. “Working out on the same day from their respective homes provides a feeling of connectedness and increases motivation to reach fitness goals.”
To take advantage of Group HIIT’s offer, visit www.grouphiit.com/stayhome or visit its Facebook page.
For a full list of the 2020 Fittest Cities Award winners, visit www.insurify.com/insights/insurifys-2020-fittest-cities-awards.