February 5, 2004
Winter, with its bitter temperatures and icy conditions, provides a perfect excuse to ditch that outdoor fitness regimen. Slacking, however, may come at a price: mental and physical health. If your stress level has hit an all-time high and your strength and flexibility are worse than you can ever remember, it may be time to break out of hibernation. Yes, getting your mind and body in shape does take some effort, but the quest toward inner peace and muscle tone doesn't have to include hours of slaving at a fancy or expensive gym. Some local fitness professionals, including wellness coach Al Bacchus, say that folks who make slight adjustments to their daily or weekly routines can drastically improve their quality of life.