Saturday, May 28, 2022

Fit City Challenge: Have you Walked These Trails?

Hey there, Team Southlake! We have two more weeks left of the Fit City Challenge, and it’s coming down to the wire! Every minute matters to help us claim the gold.

There’s no shortage of ways to get active in Southlake, from our world-class sports fields to our state-of-the-art recreation facility, The Marq. This post is for those that want to get off the beaten path and try something new.

With over 1,100 acres of parks, open space, and various miles of pathways, there’s a trail in Southlake for everyone. Consider taking the path less traveled this week as you look for ways to get your 45 minutes in.

Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve
True outdoor enthusiasts know that there’s no better place to hike in Southlake than at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve. Explore the beauty of the Cross Timbers ecosystem as you traverse over 20 miles of hiking trails! The White-Tailed Deer Trail offers a mild, .25-mile walk along the Nature Center property for novice hikers. The Bluebird Trail is perfect for hikers of all ages and experiences. This gorgeous .75-mile trek takes you further into the preserve while still being mild enough for children to enjoy. The 1.75-mile round trip hike to the lake is a perfect way to spend the morning for more adventurous wanderers. Those looking for a true challenge can use the Nature Center as the entry point to miles of the Walnut Grove National Recreation Trail on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ land. Always stay on the trails and follow the arrows when you are out on the preserve.

Bicentennial Park
Everyone knows Bicentennial Park is home to various sports such as Baseball and Tennis, but it’s also a lovely place for a walk! Grab a friend and walk the perimeter of the park. Stop to admire the gazebo at The Liberty Gardens and say hello to the Pioneer Woman near the Log Cabin. Walk along the pond and cross the bridge over by the Aria Amphitheater for some gorgeous views of The Marq.

Bob Jones Park
Grab your four-legged friend and head on over to Bob Jones Park for a brisk walk along the trails of this impressive park. Take a picture with the Bob and Almeady Jones statue, and then let your pup loose inside of Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park. Check out the Southlake Sister Cities’ Painted Rock Trail to find a lovely surprise. Bring your supplies and leave a rock of your own!

Chesapeake Park
If you’re on the southwest side of Southlake, then take advantage of the picturesque trails along the pond at Chesapeake Park. Take the entire family and top off your visit by playing at the playground!

Liberty Park
Northern Southlakers know that Liberty Park at Sheltonwood provides top-notch walking trails off the beaten path. Liberty Park’s multi-use trail system is more expansive than you may think, boasting 17 acres of parkland.

How about it, Team Southlake? Have you walked these trails yet? Let’s make every minute count!

 

 

Five Ways to Get your Fit City Challenge Time This Weekend

Hey there Team Southlake! We’re about two weeks into the Fit City Challenge, and we’re all about bringing home the gold!

We know you like to stay fit and active, but sometimes it can be challenging to find creative ways to get your time in—especially on the weekend. Fret not, Team Southlake, because we’ve compiled a list of five fun ways you can get your 45 minutes in this weekend. Are you up for the challenge?

Shop Til’ You Drop at Southlake Town Square
Olympic athletes may roll their eyes, but Southlakers know shopping is not a joke! With over 100 shops to choose from, five beautifully located public parks, and public art pieces, getting in 45 minutes of walking activity in Southlake Town Square is a no-brainer!

Take a Free Bootcamp Class on Saturday
Start the day off right and blast through over 45 minutes of activity during this fast, fun, and free Outdoor Fitness Series class. Join us at the Champions Club Outdoor Turf 1 as we sweat, build muscle, and elevate our heart rates with Skyler. The best part is it’s free, and no registration is required! Learn more here.

Explore the Bob Jones Nature Center
Nature-lovers will have no problem getting in their minutes at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve. With over 20 miles of hiking trails, beautiful natural scenery, and proximity to Lake Grapevine, this is an outing you won’t forget. Check out the trail map here!

Check out EVO Entertainment
There’s a new venue in town, and it’s called EVO Entertainment. Evo elevates the traditional movie-going experience by offering 11 bowling lanes, a multi-level ropes course, bumper cars, and more! Who said going to the movies was a passive activity?

Join Champions Club
We’ve saved the best for last. If you want to make sure to get your 45 minutes of activity every day, there’s no better place to do it than at Champions Club. Our state-of-the-art facility has everything you need to work up a sweat. From a world-class Aquatics Center, top-notch fitness machines, a weight room, free weights, and functional training areas, a two-court gymnasium, indoor track, group and personal fitness studios, and more, Champions Club has it all! Become a member today to take advantage of our members-only benefits!

There you have it, Team Southlake, five incredible ways to get active this weekend. They all sound so much fun! Let’s keep Team Southlake on top!

Get Ready Team Southlake! The First Annual Fit City Challenge Kicks Off Today!

Are you ready for some neighborly city vs. city competition? Are you looking for ways to get active and start crushing your goals?

Join Team Southlake for the first annual Fit City Challenge! We are going head-to-head with the City of Keller to prove we have what it takes to be the Most Fit City 2022! The challenge kicks off today!

Over the next 45 days, we challenge you to be physically active, focus on your well-being, and work with your fellow citizens to move Southlake to the top of the leaderboard! We teamed up with Wellable to be the health and wellness platform for the Fit City Challenge. With Wellable, you will have the opportunity to have fun while getting active, improve your health and well-being, and qualify for prizes!

Join the Challenge Today!
To get started, create a free Wellable account. Once completed, check your inbox for a welcome email containing your Wellable credentials for access to your account. You will also receive instructions for connecting an app or activity tracker to your account—it’s the easiest way to track your activity and earn points!

Registration opened on March 28th, 2022, but you can join at any point throughout the challenge, which runs from April 1st, 2022, through May 15th, 2022.

How the Challenge Works
The goal for this challenge is to achieve 2,022 points. That’s 45 minutes of activity a day over the 45 days of the challenge!

Earning Points for this challenge is super simple! For every minute of intentional activity completed, you will earn yourself and your team 1 point! Please note that some activities listed are recorded based on the distance completed. To distribute points accurately, we have taken the average time it takes to complete each distance and will convert that distance to points.

  • Walking/Running/Hiking: 1 Mile = 15 Points
  • Cycling: 1 Mile = 5 Points
  • All other Active Minutes = 1 Point

*If you prefer to record these activities based upon time, simply select “Other Sports and Activities” listed under the Physical Activity tab and record the time spent being active.

*A daily maximum of 45 points is set to encourage an ongoing active lifestyle.

A random participant will be drawn from each team to win a prize each week! At the end of the challenge, the individual with the most Active Minutes/Points on each team will win an Apple Watch! In the case of a tie, the participants will be put into a drawing, and the winner will be chosen at random.

The team that finishes the challenge with the highest average of points per user will be crowned the Fit City Challenge Champions!

Weekly Prizes

  • Week 1: Champions Club Guest Pass x 2
  • Week 2: Champions Club Swag Bag
  • Week 3: Local Southlake Business Gift Card
  • Week 4: Champions Club Guest Pass x 5
  • Week 5: Complementary Champions Club Personal Training Session
  • Week 6: One Month Champions Club Membership or Facility Credit of Equal Value

Prize for Overall Challenge Winners
At the end of the challenge, the individual from each team with the greatest number of Active Minutes/ Points will be crowned the overall challenge winner for their city and will receive the grand prize– an Apple Watch!

How Teams are Ranked
Teams are ranked by the average number of points for all members. Teammates without any points will lower the score of the entire team! Encouraging your teammates to stay active throughout the challenge is critical to maintaining your average! The leaderboard will default to team rankings, but you can see how you rank as an overall individual or an individual on your team by selecting a new view under the options menu.

Added Bonus!
Members of The Keller Pointe and members of Champions Club will have open access to both facilities for the duration of the challenge! Just show proof of current membership, complete your waiver, and you’re good to go! Now let’s get ready to log some activities!

What do you say, Team Southlake? Are you up for the challenge? Register today!