Now’s the time to get up and commit to fitness


Special to the Miami Herald

So all of your buddies at work are bragging about participating in the Life Time Marathon and Half Marathon over the weekend, and you are looking at your social media pages feeling kind of bloated from all of the wings and adult beverages you consumed on Super Sunday.

But what are you going to do about it? Well, you can either spend the rest of the year moping around or you can change your habits and make a commitment to get in better shape.

Many fitness programs are available. Some are great, but some can be dangerous if not done properly. Last week, one of the participants in the Miami Marathon offered some sound advice if you’re looking to get in shape.

“A lot of people sit around complaining about what they couldn’t do or what they can’t do,” double-leg amputee Cleytus Mays said. “All they needed to do was to get up and get moving!”

Mays, a disabled Vietnam veteran who lost his legs in 2004, has finished a total of 16 marathons and half marathons since 2006.

Maybe you don’t have a “go-hard-or-go-home” attitude like Mays, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use his advice to get up off the couch and get moving.

With that in mind, upcoming events in South Florida give you the opportunity to get some exercise, and you don’t need to be a CrossFit champion to participate.

For a fun way to get in a workout, consider the FIU Night Color 5K, which will be held Saturday on FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus.

This run is just over 3.1 miles and should be an interesting experience as you join thousands of others to light up the night with flashlights, powdered paint, glow sticks and other neon accessories, all while listening to beats from local DJs.

Runners, walkers, skippers and hoppers with glowing gear and crazy bright costumes are not only welcome, but encouraged.

To register for the race:

Later this year, check out the Merrell Down and Dirty Obstacle Race presented by Subaru, which will be held May 18 at Zoo Miami. The event is divided into three-mile and six-mile races with more than 20 obstacles at the zoo on May 18.

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