Notes from Newcastle

March 5, 2014

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Get a start on fitness at your local library

Not long ago, I found myself walking up a moderate incline of a driveway, realizing my heart was beating a little faster and my breath was a little harder to catch than the situation warranted. My first thought — “Hmm, maybe an iron deficiency?” It didn’t take but another step or two for me to recognize that, nope, I’m simply out of shape.

Vicki Heck

Vicki Heck

I’ve always considered myself a fit person. I eat right, do yoga and walk. But, on closer inspection of my days, I see my life has changed. I sit at work, my senior dogs don’t go as fast or as far on our walks and my gym membership has lapsed. Busy days make it tough to squeeze in one more thing, so how am I going to get motivated?

Fortunately, if you’re like me, interested in infusing activity and health into your lifestyle, it’s easy to get motivated at the Newcastle Library. You’ll find ideas, inspiration and tips on simple ways to add more movement and healthy options to your life with our new program series, “Start to Fitness.”

In March and April, we’ll be presenting some fitness programs at the Coal Creek Family YMCA, such as “Hiking the Wonderland Trail” and “Fit By Nature: Get Outside, Get Healthy.” At the library, come watch a fascinating 3D photo presentation, “Biking Through Ethiopia,” and see how one can incorporate fitness and travel. Also, stay tuned for details about a free community “Couch-2-5K” training program beginning this summer, designed to get you ready to run the Newcastle 5K in September. OK, I’m inspired now.

Regardless of what shape you are in — just starting or a seasoned athlete — the King County Library System offers great information, resources and suggestions for improving your fitness level. Attend a program, check out a fitness book or DVD, get inspiration at or simply take a walk to the Newcastle Library and say hello. The time to get started is now!

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