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No gym, no problem Explore ways to stay healthy without spending money. RYAN KOHN SPORTS REPORTER

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You can follow the guides along the workout trail at Urfer Family Park on Honore Avenue.

here are plenty of reasons people dislike going to the gym. It can be an intimidating place for newcomers. It’s crowded, it’s repetitive, and worst of all, it’s indoors. Luckily, there’s more than one way to get in shape. Instead of spending money on a gym membership, our area offers plenty of activities and places to exercise in peace. One possible exercise spot is world famous for a different reason. Siesta Key Beach makes headlines for its beauty, but the beach is also an excellent place for a workout, according to Stephen Kelley. He runs 360 Degree Fitness with his wife, Claire Kelley. Doing things on sand makes every move that much tougher and adds to your strength and cardio. Kelley has even put together a special routine for Health Matters

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readers to try — jumping jacks, squats, jumps, pushups and burpees, a strength training and aerobic exercise routine that involves squatting, kicking and arm extensions that’s been around since the 1930s. (See box, right.) “This workout only requires your body,” Stephen Kelley said. “The exercises are simple to understand and extremely effective.” If you’re burning up more than just calories at the end of the workout, feel free to hop in the Gulf of Mexico for a cooldown and added cardio. Not a fan of sand? Don’t worry, routines just as invigorating can be found at Urfer Family Park on Honore Avenue. The park features two workouts trails, one of which is ADAapproved. Both trails feature routines for beginning and advanced participants, and they are detailed, telling you not only what steps to do, but how to do them by using the available equipment. The ADA trail features exercises such as calf stretches and seated curls, while the non-ADA trail features moves like inclined body curls and arm walks across parallel bars — in other words, exercises with a higher level of difficulty.

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“Your cardio gets increased dramatically (using the hills), as opposed to using a treadmill.” — Chuck Jeffries

Above: The Celery Fields is a prime location — and one of the only ones in town — for running on an incline. Below: Stephen Kelley says the beach provides a great venue for a workout challenge.

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The park’s trails are nestled between a haven of trees and wild animals. If you like exercising while getting in touch with nature, this is the spot for you. Participants walk to each exercise spot on those trails, but what if someone is looking for an open space to run, one that also offered different levels of difficulty? That person might be at home running around Sarasota’s Celery Fields. Yes, the Celery Fields is prime location for bird watching, but it also features a towering hill that has become popular with runners in the area. For a less intense but still challenging experience, trails wind their way up and around the incline. Some people, like Chuck and Pauline Jeffries, who have been in Sarasota since 1978, have been walking the Celery Fields since it opened seven years ago. They come about four times a week, they said, and would come more often if work didn’t get in the way. They do approximately 4 miles each time, staying about an hour. “We just enjoy the hill and having a little incline instead of flat ground,” Pauline Jeffries said. “It’s also very peaceful.”

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ture and Integrative Therapies on Longboat Key. “For the first time in 30 years I didn’t get sick twice a year,” Veshosky said. “I got well and stayed well.” First, she started eating healthier, with fewer carbohydrates and more vegetables on her plate. She took probiotics to supplement her digestion, and took calcium, vitamin D and magnesium supplements. Her health began to return, and she was more active. Veshosky called these steps “life-changing.” “For me, coming from a medical background, that was a tough choice,” she said. “That was a bit of a risk. But you get to the point where you can’t do it anymore.” After five heart attacks and a diagnosis of heart failure, Larry Bierman was at that point. He was able to join the Ornish Reversal Program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital — a group of people who met twice a week for nine weeks to learn how four lifestyle changes could improve their lives and heart conditions. Through diet, exercise, stress management and peer support, Bierman is now only taking “minimal” medication. The 74-yearold gets up each morning at 6 a.m. for an hour of yoga, goes to the gym three times a week and continues a healthy diet. “You have these heart attacks and medical events, and you rely on your doctor and medications

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to get you out of it, and you think that’s the answer,” he said. “[You think] your doctor will provide you with the pills to keep you alive — and that’s not true.” Diet and exercise helped Bierman and Veshosky solve their health problems, and similar steps could help others. Eating healthier food with less sodium can help people with high blood pressure, and diabetes can be better managed with a healthy diet and weight loss, medical experts say. Other solutions, like acupuncture for pain relief or hypnosis for anxiety, could help ease health

issues without the use of medication, the experts contend. What’s the best way to find out if an alternate method is right for you? Consult your doctor. Veshosky and Bierman sought new treatment options under their doctor’s supervision, and they took things slow. It was a lengthy process before Veshosky came off pharmaceuticals completely, and Bierman still takes some medication.

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EXERCISE CLUB Meets at 9 a.m. at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. The Lakewood Ranch exercise club meets at 9 a.m. Fridays and exercises using low-impact aerobics videos. To view the schedule, visit lakewoodranchgov.org.

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When she became pregnant, she gained 35 pounds. “I would tell (Ray) all I want for dinner is cinnamon rolls,” Brooke said. In March 2016, her daughter, Stella, was born. This time, Niecestro became determined to get her body back and to be as healthy as possible for breastfeeding. She started by walking around the neighborhood, but within six weeks began running and performing other cardio exercises, such as working out on an elliptical machine. It no longer had the same effect. Plus, she continued to overeat. “The food was the thing I couldn’t kick,” Niecestro said.

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