Martina Navratilova Headed To Vail To Share Fitness Tips

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 [1]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[2], Sept. 13-15 ( livingatyourpeak.org[3]). 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.


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


Echo Mountain ski area sells, and… The comments have been coming in fast and furious on the Travel Facebook page[4] ( facebook.com/traveldenverpost[5]) about the sale of Echo Mountain, which was purchased last week by private resident Nora Pykkonen[6] 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[7]…and I found that not planning to do anything can lead to a lot of fun at Mount Evans Wilderness area[8]. Check it all out on the Free Range blog at blogs.denverpost.com/outwest.

Kyle Wagner: 303-954-1599, outwest@denverpost.com or twitter.com/kylewagnerworld


  1. ^ Living at Your Peak (livingatyourpeak.org)
  2. ^ Living at Your Peak (www.livingatyourpeak.org)
  3. ^ livingatyourpeak.org (www.livingatyourpeak.org)
  4. ^ the Travel Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  5. ^ facebook.com/traveldenverpost (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ purchased last week by private resident Nora Pykkonen (www.denverpost.com)
  7. ^ climbed on top of Denver Post reporter Claire Martin during her last visit (blogs.denverpost.com)
  8. ^ not planning to do anything can lead to a lot of fun at Mount Evans Wilderness area (blogs.denverpost.com)

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    Fitness Tips? My fiance and i are getting married in August and although we are both very healthy and look after ourselves, we both want to look our best for the wedding. we usually go cycling but the weather is really awful at the moment and the local gym is rubbish. does anyone have any excersize tips that we can do at home? aside from the obvious of course *wink*

      • HealthNut
      • September 5, 2012

      Here is an at-home routine that you can do for a total body and great cardio workout. Hope you like it.

      RUN IN PLACE – kick heels up to buttocks



      BACK LEG LIFTS – keeping the hips forward lift your left leg back – it’s a small movement so don’t arch your back to lift very high – do one side for half the amount of time and then switch

      HEEL DIGS – press heel out in front of you and hop to switch feet

      SIDE LEG RAISES – standing lift your left leg out to the side and lead with the heel (don’t turn your toe up) and also don’t lean over sideways as you do this – half the time and then switch sides

      BURPEES – standing place hands on floor and jump feet back into pushup position and then jump feet back towards hands and stand up (that completes one burpee)

      PLIE SQUAT – stand with your feet wider than should length apart and your toes turned out at a 45 degree angle, squat down and using your inner thighs press yourself back up

      SPEED SKATER – leap to the right bring left leg slightly behind you and you reach towards the floor and then leap to the left bringing right leg slightly behind while reach towards the floor

      PUSHUPS – can do against a wall or on the floor on your toes or knees

      CROSS COUNTRY SKI – stand with legs together and jump up landing with right leg in front and left leg back then jump again switching feet in the air

      BICEP CURLS – curl with weights (or whatever else you can use such as soup cans, water bottles, resistance bands) be sure not to lock out the elbow and curl for the full range of motion

      DOWNHILL SKI – feet together jump to right and then the left and stay low in a little bit of a squat position

      TRICEP PUSHUP – lay on your left side with your left hand on your right side and place your right hand on the floor infront of you, now press yourself up with your right hand – half the time and then switch sides

      HIGH KNEES – run in place brining knees into the chest as much as you can

      BACK ROW – using weights hinge forward at the hips so you are slightly bent over and knees slightly bent, let the weights hang down with palms facing each other than pull the elbows up keeping them close to the body and bring the weights up as high as you can and then lower

      SQUAT THRUST – kinda like a burpee but when you come up jump

      SHOULDER RAISE – with weights stand with elbows out at shoulder height then press weights up over head and lower to shoulder height (don’t go below shoulder height)

      POWER JACKS – like a jumping jack but when your feet go wide go down into a squat and when jumping back with feet together do two hops

      LOWER ABS – laying stomach place your hands infront of you forming a triangle, lift your hips up so you are on your toes and elbows (don’t lift your hips too high though – you should be in a straight line and abs pulled up in towards your spine) alternate touching your knees to the floor, but don’t let them rest – they should just barley touch

      JUMP ROPE – real or pretend

      OBLIQUES – on your back with feet on the floor and hands behind the head crunch up and twist left elbow to right knee – half the amount of time and then switch sides

      SQUAT JUMPS – in a squat position jump up and land in squat position

      UPPER ABS – on your back with feet planted on floor lift your hips up and have hands behind head – keeping your hips up off the floor do a crunch

      QUICK FEET – standing with feet wide run in place as fast as you can (think football)

      FRONT LUNGES – lunge forward with the left foot, staying in this position lower yourself and then press back up – half the amount of time and then switch sides

      SQUAT W/ FRONT KICK – feet close together squat and come up and kick with the left then squat again and come up and kick the right and keep alternating

      STEP TOUCH – stay low with knees bent and step to the left bringing feet together and then step to the right, while doing so have your arms extending out to the sides with each step

      SHUFFLE W/ KNEE – shuffle three times to the left and on the third one lift your right knee and then shuffle three times to the right lifting your left knee on the third one

      MARCH – march in place to cool down

      do each move one after the other without a rest in-between and you’ll get an excellent interval workout – If you want a longer workout walk in place 3-5 minutes and then do the whole circuit again.

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    Does Anyone Know Any Fitness Tips That Work? Short fitness tips that really work would be very helpful, thanks.

      • HealthNut
      • September 5, 2012

      To stay fit or become?

      Becoming fit requires motivation and determination. Eating healthy and regular exercise.
      Try avoiding fast food places at all times; don’t skip breakfast (most essential meal of the day).
      Hope this link will help you:

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    What Are Some Good Fitness Tips To Do In Your House ? Please anything helps !! its cold outside and i hate running what are fitness routines i can do to loose weight but indoors?

      • HealthNut
      • September 5, 2012

      You can do workout DVDs, Wii fit, DDR, you can also get trainers to turn your road bike into a stationary bike. Dancing is good too.

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