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Staying Healthy in Utah It’s time to get moving! Exercise is a key component to living a healthy, well-balanced life. The likelihood that you will need to have a lap band procedure, or weight loss surgery, decreases dramatically if you maintain a healthy exercise regimen. To help you understand the importance of regular physical exercise in your daily life, we’ve outlined the most important benefits to moving your body regularly. We’ve also outlined some great ways you can stay fit while enjoying the great outdoors in Utah. Before we divulge some great places to get moving in Utah, here are a few simple ways you can increase the amount of physical activity you do. Some simple decisions, such as choosing the stairs at work instead of the elevator do not take a lot of time out of your day, but are the starting blocks of a healthy lifestyle. You can also make weekly activity goals; start out with extremely attainable goals to give you the confidence and ability to establish the habit. You can also choose fun activities to be active—dust off your golf clubs, or go on a hike and enjoy a healthy picnic in the mountains, or try a new activity. Here are some great locations to get closer to Mother Nature and further away from bariatric surgery.

Mount Timpanogos The peak of Mount Timpanogos is one of the tallest in the entire state, with an elevation of 11,752 feet. Unless you are an experienced winter climber, it’s best to hike this trail in the late spring, summer or early fall. The hike is about 14 miles round trip—so be prepared. Be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen.

Arches National Park Just North of Moab, Utah, you’ll find Arches National Park. It is home to more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches. There are hikes of various difficulty throughout the 76,000 acre park. An arch that shouldn’t be missed is Delicate Arch, the arch featured on the Utah license plate. This 3-mile round trip hike is easy, but don’t forget to put on sunscreen and bring water.


Bear Lake The second largest fresh-water lake in Utah, Bear Lake, lies along the Idaho-Utah border. Be sure to bring the whole family to enjoy the turquoise blue waters along the nearby mountains. This is a great summer destination to really enjoy nature while being active. With two beaches, and a number of marinas, it’s a great location for swimming, fishing, wakeboarding, or water skiing.

Uinta Mountains The Uinta Mountains are a perfect place to camp, located in the northeast part of Utah. It is also home to Kings Peak, the highest point in all of Utah. On the whole, exercise is a great short-term and long-term benefit; you can feel better by enjoying the natural beauty of Utah with friends and family, while increasing your overall mood. You can also ward off serious chronic disease, which could result in a visit to Dr. Alfonso Preciado for lap band surgery, through regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. Photo Credit: Mike Nielsen, Scott Ingram, WxMom


Staying Healthy in Utah