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Real world fitness – think outside the gym

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Real world fitness is more than doing sit-ups and lifting weights -- think outside the gym.
Can you paddle against a strong current? Hike a 14er? Swim laps without gasping for air? Play golf without throwing your back out? After working out at the gym, test your fitness in the real world.

Outdoor Fun - Mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, rafting, kayaking, skiing, ice climbing, rock climbing - the list goes on - are some adventures found in Colorado, America's playground. Outdoor Recreation provides a safe, exciting gateway to Colorado adventures. See how fit you really are. Outdoor Recreation, 556-3009.

Swimming - You don't have to go off the deep end getting fit, but try an aquatic class - H2O Warrior, Aqua Kickboxing, High Energy Water Aerobics, Aqua Tai Chi & Yoga, swimming lessons for all ages. Free lap swim for active duty military during designated lap swim hours. Aquatic Center, 556-4608.

Bowling - Rolling a ball down a slick wooden surface might not look like much exercise, but folks have worked up a sweat doing it. Try it. Enjoy 50-cent games and 50-cent shoes from 6-9 p.m. Mondays through May 30. Bowl and win prizes in the Summer Blast program, June 1-Aug. 30. Sign up for winter leagues. Bowling lessons are available upon request. Bowling Center, 556-4607.

Golf - A sport you can play your entire life. Lessons are offered to adults, ladies only, couples, juniors and peewee golfers - from beginners to folks needing a refresher course. Or experience the Silver Spruce Golf Academy with its high-tech teaching and learning tools. PGA instructors are here to help. Silver Spruce Golf Course, 556-7414.

PT Golf - Modified speed golf is available only as a unit/team-building event ideally for five to six people/team. In short, it's a game of hit and run. For example, Player 1 tees off. All team members run to the location of the tee shot; then Player 2 hits the second shot. All players run to the location of that shot, and so on. A team's final score is a combination of its total number of shots added to its total time to complete the course. For the complete rules for PT Golf, visit and click on Events. To sign up your unit/team for PT golf, call Silver Spruce Golf Course, 556-7414.

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