If you’ve felt a little lethargic these days, you’re not alone. The pandemic, combined with winter hibernation, has forced all of us to spend a bit more time on the couch binging Netflix and carbs than we normally would.
It comes as little surprise, then, that studies have shown most of us have been less physically active since the start of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. As it turns out, those active steps to and from the fridge don’t add up as quickly as the calories.
If that doesn’t cause a pause in your “new normal” routine, an article in the New York Times examined how the pandemic changed the way people workout. It showed that as things start to normalize, people may not resume their pre-pandemic physical activity.
But, just like realizing you have an extra pint of ice cream in the back of the freezer, there is some good news. As warm weather settles in and we venture outside to enjoy the longer days, Centerra is a premier outdoor destination built on promoting an active lifestyle for all who live and work in northern Colorado. If you’re looking to get back on track with your physical fitness, you’ve come to the right place.
Centerra has it all
Our entire community is designed with wellness and activity in mind. From the ten miles of walking and biking trails throughout Centerra to the additional 26 miles of recreation trails throughout the Loveland community you can access off of Highway 34, there are plenty of ways to get out and get moving safely.
You can join others in the pursuit of health and wellness at Genesis Health Clubs-Miramont Centerra, Barre Forte or the new SPENGA: Spin, Strength and Yoga club opening soon in the Marketplace at Centerra. Or maybe what you need is a post-workout recovery session with a massage at Massage Heights in the Marketplace —you’ve earned it.
Additionally, UCHealth-Medical Center of the Rockies has a variety of programs to help you achieve or maintain good health such as Bright by Three, the Healthy Kids Club and the Living Well series for example. There is also the family-friendly Loveland Classic, a fundraiser for early childhood education that benefits The Thompson Education Foundation. This event organizes a 5K, 10K, broken 15K (where you run both the 5K and 10K) and a kid’s one-mile walk/run each spring. This year, the event will be held Saturday, May 1, and will race around the trails of The Lakes at Centerra.
Regardless of what motivates you to get moving, you’ll find it here at Centerra. Even if it’s just walking around and doing a little retail therapy at the Marketplace or Promenade Shops – we have it all.
Get fit with SPENGA
SPENGA: Sprint, Strength and Yoga is the newest fitness option coming to Centerra. Slated to host a grand opening in late May (depending on construction), SPENGA is Loveland’s first high-intensity interval (HIIT) fitness studio.
Owners Jason and Cari Frink are excited to bring this new style of workout to Loveland and Centerra for the community to enjoy. SPENGA provides an equal focus on three core pillars of fitness:
- Cardio – spinning
- Muscular and skeletal strength – HIIT
- Flexibility – yoga
Each class or session includes 20 minutes of spinning on a stationary bicycle, 20 minutes of HIIT and 20 minutes of yoga for a full-hour workout that’s accompanied by aromatherapy in an inviting atmosphere.
Classes start as early as 5 a.m. and are offered until 6 p.m. on weekdays with additional sessions on weekends. Childcare is offered to members, as well.
“The Centerra location is a home run for me,” co-owner Jason Frink said. “Having the space open at the right time and being near some great stores like Target helps bring customers in.”
Jason is also thrilled to be near the Interstate 25 and U.S. 34 intersection where he can draw people from Johnstown, Greeley, Windsor and other areas of the region easily.
For those concerned with health and safety in light of the pandemic, SPENGA has strict cleaning protocols that have only gotten stricter since COVID-19 began to spread. All of the equipment is thoroughly cleaned between each session so that each participant can focus on their exercise experience.
In addition to the workout, SPENGA’s studio offers an array of amenities to make sure that people can get the most out of their workouts. Extras include:
- Aromatherapy: An invigorating blend of essential oils to promote energy, calmness and joy.
- Fuel: Sparkling or still water, cold brew coffee and performance-based beverages which include protein and collagen options. There are also healthy snack options available.
- Gear: Represent your hard work with authentic SPENGA tanks, tee-shirts, sweatshirts, drinkware and other accessories. Work out while looking good!
- Extras: SPENGA’s got you covered from hair ties to earplugs—whatever athletes need to perform their best!
- Private or small group training: After a long break from activity, perhaps a private one-on-one session is what you need to get back in form.
For those interested, SPENGA is currently offering founding memberships with an ongoing lifetime discount with no payments due until the grand opening. For more information and to sign up, visit lovelandco.spenga.com
Check it out(side)
If exercising indoors is not what you have in mind for spring and summer — no problem! Just take a jog or walk around Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra on Sky Pond Drive in Loveland.
This one-of-its-kind sculpture garden is a great place to exercise and get some fresh air and sunshine with the backdrop of unique art. Chapungu, pronounced CHA-poon-goo, is an ideal mix of city and sanctuary.
It’s a place where culture collides with nature to offer 26 amazing acres of natural and landscaped gardens to explore freely and unencumbered. Within that space, visitors can enjoy 82 monumental stone sculptures from Zimbabwean artisans.
Opened in 2007, the outdoor museum continues to entice and reward visitors with its cultural experience, tranquil paths for walks or runs and myriad quiet spots that are perfect for yoga.
The pristine landscape is sure to spur an inner sense of wellbeing that can transfer to outward health and exercise. The Chapungu Sculpture Garden has eight ways for you to move through the installations:
- Nature and Environment
- Village Life
- The Role of Women
- The Elders
- The Spirit World
- The Family
- The Children
- Custom and Legend
Whichever path you choose, you are sure to learn about traditional Zimbabwean art and culture. The park is free and open to the public daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Grab your sneakers and check it out!
Centerra is open
Whatever you do, don’t let the pandemic stop you from getting in shape! Centerra is open and here to help. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll or a hardcore HIIT workout, you will find it here.