Physical activity need not be vigorous to improve health, according to the latest Surgeon General's Report. Physical activity at a moderate level improves your mood and sense of well-being. It gives you more energy and helps control weight. It improves balance and bone and muscle strength, preventing falls and fractures. It helps you live longer independently.

There are lots of ways to be physically active in Skagit County. The list below is packed with information to help you find out what is available in your area. To update or add a listing call Liz McNett Crowl at 360-428-2331 or e-mail lcrowl@skagitvalleyhospital.org.

Aquatics
Baseball
Basketball
Bicycling
Bowling
Cheerleading
Clubs
Community Facilities
Dance
Educational Organizations
Fencing
Fitness Facilities and Programs
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Hospital Programs
Inclusion/Special Needs
Karate/Martial Arts
Lacrosse
Parks And Recreation
Pilates
Rugby
Senior Centers
Skating
Soccer
Softball
Sport Facilities
Tai Chi
Tennis
Volleyball
Walking And Running
Water Sports
Yoga

Tai Chi
Organization: Amitofo Chinese Martial Arts School
Contact: Joe Liao
Address: 325 North Cherry, Burlington
Phone: (360) 755-9359
Activities: A variety of classes in traditional Chinese weapons, Tai Chi and Kung Fu.
Organization: Cloud Hands Tai Chi Association
Contact: Robert Shapiro
Address: 17045 Llama Lane, Bow 98232
Phone: 360-757-4212
Activities: Tai Chi and Qigong for all ages and levels, community classes, advanced classes, private lessons
Website: http://delillama.com/cloudhands.htm
Email: TaiChi@delillama.com
Organization: Tai Chi for Health
Contact: Camille Drotts
Phone: 360 336 9710
Facility Sites: Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland Ave.(just south of Post Office).
Activities: Tai Chi has been noted to improve many facets of our health with regular practice: improve muscular strength, balance, posture and quality of life; boost your immunity; increase flexibility and fitness; reduce risk of falling and stress by practicing this easy to follow Tai Chi program based on the teachings of Dr. Paul Lam. Introductory and intermediate levels available.
Website: http://taichiforhealthskagit.com/
Email: c.drotts@frontier.com
Organization: Tai Chi from the Arthritis Foundation-Skagit County
Facility Sites: Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center - 360-293-0673
Guemes Island Community Center - 360-588-8083
Riverside Health Club - 360-424-4200
Skagit Valley Family YMCA - 360-336-9622
Activities: A gentle Tai Chi program taught by certified instructors for people with arthritis, chronic disease, or looking for a gentle workout. Mulitple sites in Skagit County.