You think you’re busy, and then you try to get tennis legend Martina Navratilova on the phone to talk about the upcoming Living at Your Peak event in Vail, a two-day summit organized by the Vail Symposium Sept. 13-15.
Navratilova was in New York last week commentating on the U.S. Open, but she’s headed to Vail to share her expertise on staying motivated and staying fit, particularly for women, whom she wants to give an extra nudge to better juggle work, home and the need to take care of themselves.
“At this event, I speak to them on a physical level as well as an emotional level,” Navratilova said. “I try to get them to get out of their comfort level and push themselves to take care of themselves. No one is going to do it for them. So they have to make it a priority.”
The retired, Czech-born tennis player, who has 59 Grand Slam titles to her name, says that now that she’s not competing, she plays “just for the joy of it.”
“I play tennis rather than going to the gym, and if I go to the gym, it’s for the tennis, to make it better,” she said. “I don’t like to go to the gym. I love to play games, I love to play sports, and I’d rather do that than go to the gym.”
As the Health and Fitness Ambassador for the American Association of Retired Persons, Navratilova, who turns 56 in October, says she finds herself asked more and more about fitness and aging.
“You need to do less but more often, that’s my biggest advice,” she said. “I can’t do the same workout now that I did in my 20s.
She added that no matter what age you are, if you haven’t been working out for a while, ease into it. “I also find that it feels better to do three 10-minute activites in a day than one 30-minute workout,” she said.
The most important thing, she made clear, is that you do something every day.
“Have you ever gone out for a run and later said, ‘I wish I hadn’t gone for that run, it was terrible’?” she said. “No, of course not. So coming to an event like this, it’s talking about how to go through those steps to get you out there, and the things you can be doing to maximize what you’re doing out there.
“I want to see people getting more out of life, and I think getting more out of your workouts is a part of that.”
Living at Your Peak, Sept. 13-15 ( livingatyourpeak.org). Cost: $1,200 per person, not including lodging (some meals are included). The event offers workshops as well as hiking and biking sessions with world-class athletes and time with experts in nutrition, fitness, psychology and medicine.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
Ride the Rio Grande, help the Flying W Ranch Wranglers. On Saturday and Sunday, the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad will host the Flying W Wranglers with Fred Hargrove and Sonny McAdams as part of their Mountain Rails Live concert, with one concert/train excursion each day, to raise money for the group that lost their venue in June in the Waldo Canyon fire.
In addition, $5 from all coach, dome or club tickets sold out of the La Veta depot all season is being donated to the Flying W Wranglers by simply using promo code “wranglers.”
Adult tickets for the coach car are $49.99 and children’s tickets are $39.99. Visit coloradotrain.com
IT CAME FROM THE BLOG
Echo Mountain ski area sells, and… The comments have been coming in fast and furious on the Travel Facebook page ( facebook.com/traveldenverpost) about the sale of Echo Mountain, which was purchased last week by private resident Nora Pykkonen to be turned into a ski racing training facility…Meanwhile, it’s apparently almost impossible to avoid being overrun by the squirrels at the ghost town of St. Elmo, who climbed on top of Denver Post reporter Claire Martin during her last visit…and I found that not planning to do anything can lead to a lot of fun at Mount Evans Wilderness area. Check it all out on the Free Range blog at blogs.denverpost.com/outwest.
Kyle Wagner: 303-954-1599, firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter.com/kylewagnerworld
- ^ Living at Your Peak (livingatyourpeak.org)
- ^ Living at Your Peak (www.livingatyourpeak.org)
- ^ livingatyourpeak.org (www.livingatyourpeak.org)
- ^ the Travel Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
- ^ facebook.com/traveldenverpost (www.facebook.com)
- ^ purchased last week by private resident Nora Pykkonen (www.denverpost.com)
- ^ climbed on top of Denver Post reporter Claire Martin during her last visit (blogs.denverpost.com)
- ^ not planning to do anything can lead to a lot of fun at Mount Evans Wilderness area (blogs.denverpost.com)
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