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By Margena Holmes, Examiner.com

Everyone knows that exercise is good for you in many different ways.  It can lower your blood pressure, it can help you lose weight, it helps build stamina, and can help build muscle, and muscle burns more calories than fat.

Walking is an easy way to get exercise.  You don’t need any special equipment except good sturdy shoes.  Walking can be done almost anywhere-the mall, the grocery store, around your neighborhood, or around your office during your break at work.  If you need more of a challenge, or you’re stuck at a weight loss plateau, you can try hiking.

I recently went on a hike at the Ute Valley Park in Colorado Springs.  It was very easy to get to, and the park itself was beautiful.  The hike, on the other hand, was pretty hard for someone who has lived at sea level for her entire life until a year ago!  There are quite a few trails to hike on, and at first it seemed like it would be pretty easy.  The first part of the hike was fairly even and flat, but as we went on, it gradually got steeper and more rocky, but you don’t notice it too much if you’re looking at the beautiful scenery.

When you hike, the terrain plays a big part in how much you burn.  Hiking up hills, on rocky terrain will burn more calories.  Two hours, four miles, a steep uphill grade, and 8000+ steps, the parking lot was back in sight!  According to the American Council on Exercise, hiking burns between 4.5 and 6.7 calories per minute, so that adds up to approximately 1200 calories burned.

You may want to gradually work up to hiking four miles, hike at a slower pace, or hike an easier trail if you’re not accustomed to hiking.  Check with your doctor first before you tackle any trail, and remember to bring a bottle of water with you.

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Plans for a 180-unit residential development near Walgreens have undergone some building and design modifications as a result of the city's planning process.

Originally proposed in February by former Steamboat Springs resident and developer Michael Hurley, the Steamboat Crossings South complex has been modified to have fewer buildings, more open space and a new architectural design, all to better comply with the city's community development code.

“There's the same number of units, but in less buildings,” said Bob Keenan, senior city planner for Steamboat Springs.

The updated plans, received by the planning department on July 13, show 11 four-story residential buildings on the 6.73 acre lot, compared with 15 three-story buildings proposed in February. Plans still call for a total of 180 units and a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom residences.

Exterior designs of the buildings have also been updated, the plans show.

“When they first submitted, it was brought to their attention that it was not in compliance with a number of design standards,” Keenan said.

Development standards in place by the city help ensure variations between adjacent buildings in a residential development, Keenan said.

“This provides some architectural variety between building types,” he said.

The 11 buildings in the new plans will also have a varying number of units, from 14 to 19 units per building depending on the structure type. Previous plans called for 15 buildings, each with 12 units.

The development is being reviewed by the city's technical advisory committee, a process that requires an undetermined amount of time based on other plan revisions that might be needed.

Following the review phase, the development will be the subject of planning commission and city council hearings.

Hurley said in February that, after the plan gains approval, he will read the local market and determine when to build, potentially constructing buildings separately, in phases.

Hurley, now based in Queensland, Austrailia, was part of the development team that oversaw multiple phases of the Trappeur's Crossing condominium project on Village Drive near the base of Steamboat Ski Area in the early 2000s.

A copy of the development plans is available as part of the "Current Projects Map" on the city's Planning and Community Development web page at steamboatsprings.net/planning.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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