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Why go to the gym when you can get outdoors?

Posted by Kelly Kniffin on March 26, 2018
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Many of my clients look to me for information about relocating to Durango. I do my best to share all the lifestyle and community experiences Durango offers that my own family has loved! 

About 16 years ago, we relocated from Southern California to Durango. There is a lot to love about California – great weather, the ocean, a wide range of restaurants, great shopping, and, not to mention, the friends and family we left there. We truly miss it. However, the less congested life of Durango was worth the trade! 

We relocated for the outdoor beauty, minimal commuting, and good schools. Living on a golf course hasn’t hurt either! The easy access to the Animas River, spectacular mountains down the road, and expansive hiking trails really committed my family to the Durango, mountain lifestyle. 

It doesn’t hurt that all those benefits are also good for our health. I have never really enjoyed going to the gym. I loved to run up until my 40’s when the pressure of running took its toll. When we moved to Durango, I discovered so many options. 

While I discovered I can swim year-round for exercise, I prefer to be outdoors. I love to ride bikes, hike, paddle board, and golf in the summer; during the winter, skiing is my sport of choice. 

I grew up skiing on the local mountains in Southern California, but as my family took trips to Mammoth Mountain or Crested Butte, CO, I really began to love skiing. Living in Durango, I discovered that I can leave my Animas Valley home and be on the slopes within 30 minutes.  Skiing makes the perfect morning work out! In two hours’ time, I can ski plenty of runs. Where else could I hit the slopes at 9 am and be back in my office by noon? 

I always share this advantage with my clients. Durango offers going to the gym except with outstanding views, fresh hair, and the smile only the San Juan Mountains can bring. So really, why go to the gym when you can ski, or bike, or hike, or paddle board, or golf? Why go to the gym when you can get outdoors? 


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