East Texans get active, learn about local wellness resources during Fit City Day in the Park

Published on Saturday, 30 September 2017 23:53 - Written by AUGUSTA ROBINSON, augustarobinson@tylerpaper.com

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Some workouts may appear to be much easier than they really are.

This is a lesson Herbert Hayter, of Tyler, has learned throughout his fitness journey, and during his participation in a tai chi demonstration at Bergfeld Park on Saturday.

“The fact that you are moving really slow with your movement, it really taxes you,” Hayter, who has done the exercise before, said. “But it’s fun.”

Surrounded by more than 30 health-related vendor booths, Reyna Bowles, of Bullard, enjoyed learning about new activities and hanging out with friends and family.

“I love many games and meeting new people,” she said.

Bergfeld Park was the scene for all things fitness on Saturday during this year’s Fit City Day in the Park. Fit City Tyler, a community wellness coalition that supports individuals, families and businesses in adopting healthy lifestyles, hosted the event.

Attendees were able to learn from fitness demonstrations, ranging from kickboxing to Zumba, while also receiving freebees such as gift cards and discounts to health-related businesses.

Hula-hoop and plank challenges also gave participants a chance to test their fitness levels and win prizes.

Terrence Ates, public information officer for the Northeast Texas Public Health District, said events like these are put on so that the community can learn about local fitness resources.

He added that he hoped attendees were able to find a new activity or resource at the event that will help them to live healthier lives.