Beat the Winter Blues With Physical Activity

With winter nearing the halfway point, Live Well Sioux Falls is encouraging residents to beat the winter blues and get outside for some healthy and fun activities.

The Beat the Blues Winter Marathon kicks off on Monday, January 22, 2018, and challenges you to complete a full marathon—26 miles!—by February 28. Get outdoors and move at your own pace, tracking your miles as you walk, run, bike, snowshoe, ski, and more! Or, simply play outside for 30 minutes to equal one mile.

If being outdoors is a challenge, you can also count miles by walking indoors or by water walking or swimming at the Midco® Aquatic Center.

Download a mileage form at www.livewellsiouxfalls.org. You can also pick up a paper copy at the following locations:

  • Sioux Falls Health Department, 521 North Main Avenue
  • The Outdoor Campus, 4500 South Oxbow Avenue
  • Midco Aquatic Center, 1601 South Western Avenue
  • Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation community centers (find locations and hours at www.siouxfalls.org/community-centers)

You can even challenge yourself to see how many marathons you can complete during the program. Return your mileage log form(s) by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 2, and you may be eligible for a prize!

A Winter Marathon Moonlight Mile event will wrap up the program on Friday, March 2, at The Outdoor Campus, 4500 South Oxbow Avenue, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The evening will include walking (or snowshoeing) a trail beneath the full moon, healthy snacks, and prize drawings.

For more information, email livewell@siouxfalls.org or call 605-367-8286.