Does the first of the year cause you to take a long hard look at yourself? You are not alone and if losing weight is your goal there is good news. There are many ways to get fit right here in Gurdon.
One of the best is Absolute Fitness, a gym which is located in the back of the Plyler's Hardware and Lumber building on Highway 67 in Gurdon. It's very affordable at only $30 a month and there is no contract to sign, you can stop or start anytime you like. The gym is open from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week. Proprietor Gary Plyler said, “We have elliptical machines, treadmills, dumbbells, free weights, stationary bicycles, punching bag, abdominal machines, cable cross over machine and leg press.
For many years exercising at Absolute Fitness has helped people reach their goals. It's convenient and affordable and the gym offers a wide variety of exercise equipment.
Another common resolution is to reduce the amount of stress in your life. In Gurdon there are free Yoga classes offered at the First Presbyterian Church on Main Street. The class is held on Tuesdays, beginning on Jan. 7. There are two classes that are designed to suit everyone's fitness level.

Chair yoga is for beginners, people with limited mobility and those with physical challenges. The yoga is performed on a mat and with a chair. The chair is used for balance in standing poses and the chair is also used for sitting in modified poses. The chair yoga class begins at 3 p.m.

Regular yoga is for people with normal physical capabilities. The class begins at 4:30 p.m. If you do not have your own yoga mat, one will be provided for you.

No previous knowledge of yoga is needed to attend. The instructors, Linda Bullard and Emily Russell are both very good at teaching beginners and at making you feel capable and welcome.

At the end of each class there is a short time of quiet relaxation and meditation. When you leave Gurdon Yoga you will feel a renewed sense of peace and look forward to the next session.

Another way to become healthier in 2014 involves fresh air and the great outdoors. The Gurdon Walking Trail is a one quarter mile paved walkway that circles through a grove of oak trees located near the corner of Walnut and 10th Street. The parking area is on Walnut just east of Tenth. The trail is smooth, level and scenic, featuring many trees, birds and squirrels.

Physical activity is good for your mind and your body and according to the U.S. Government Weight-Control Information Network being overweight can cause serious health problems including; diabetes, heart dieses, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gall bladder disease, some types of cancer, osteoarthritis and sleep apnea.