Living a Healthy Life by Bridget D’Sophia

December 12th 2013

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Bridget D’Sophia. Check out Bridget’s blog about health and fitness. We met online because the Universe wanted it to happen. I don’t know why we were brought together just yet but for now it is to help people that I know for sure.

Bridget D’Sophia is a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie and fitness fanatic. She has lived in various places in the U.S. and abroad and has had the pleasure of experiencing the fitness culture in those places. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with her cat, Godric.

Living Healthy in Las Vegas

cycle in Vegas

work out in the Vegas heat

I remember a time when I would spend so long in the gym. I would be done with my job by five and then I would go to the gym, sometimes not arriving back home until eight or nine. I didn’t particularly enjoy being at the gym, having to be so close to all those other sweaty bodies and seeing people running like mice on wheels. Unfortunately, I couldn’t think of any other way to stay in shape without enduring it. For so many other people, the solution was a simple one; go running outside, ride your bike to and from the store and whatnot. However, I found myself feeling concerned that the air pollution would be a problem and that exercising outdoors was unsafe. After I moved, I instantly became aware that the city you’re from can strongly affect your preferences for working out. In that light, it’s easy to imagine that my move to Las Vegas should have made me even less likely to want to exercise outside. However, it was actually the reverse.

Here’s what happened:
Five years ago, after I initially relocated to Las Vegas, my first thought was, “Oh, great! How am I supposed to find anywhere in this city to satisfy my outdoor workout cravings?” When most people think of the City of Sin, they never remotely consider that it might be a great place to be healthy. They also wouldn’t think it provides many options for fitness aside from wandering the strip for several hours in a drunken haze. Fortunately, I was proven wrong about that. This city features an abundance of natural, visually appealing places to keep yourself in shape.
It’s easy to ignore the fact that my fair city is situated squarely in the center of the Mojave desert. It’s a breathtaking and awe-inspiring place that features several miles of biking trails. Every time I ride my bicycle through the Mojave, I use this resource to make sure my biking trails are safe. This is one place where you certainly don’t want to find yourself lost.

Here’s one interesting fact that few people are aware of: The League of American Bicyclists recently named Las Vegas to be one of the most cycle-friendly places in the nation. It’s as awesome as it is unexpected. However, it’s not exactly surprising now that I’m living here. Las Vegas just spent half a million dollars outfitting their downtown area with bicycle lockers and racks. Furthermore, there are nearly 400 miles of bike lanes in the city.

If you want to travel to Las Vegas, here’s an excellent way to find activities and accommodations that will meet your fitness needs. This website allows you to search for activities and hotels that are suited to your preferences. When I visited before to decide if I wanted to move here, there were several hotels with top-quality gyms and plenty more that would tell you about outdoor exercise options at the desk.

In addition to these pleasing developments, Las Vegas is starting to focus on healthier dining options. There’s no shortage of juice bars and restaurants opening up that cater to vegetarians, vegans, paleo dieters and others. All located right on the main strip, no less. If you don’t believe me, just come visit my beloved city and find out for yourself.

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