Monday, August 11, 2003

Fit bits: Ways to stay active and healthy

Shauna Scott Rhone
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Let's go

Dance fever: Watch the finest dancers from around the country sweat and step at the sixth annual Cincinnati DanceSport Festival Thursday-Saturday at the Westin Hotel, downtown. Amateur and professional steppers perform ballroom, West Coast swing, salsa and other high-energy moves. Want to join in the fun? Attend a Latin Dance party 11 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday with music by Salsa Caliente. Other highlights include a non-stripping performance Saturday evening by the Chippendales. Ticket prices vary. Information: 281-5500;


Fit tip of the day: If you're active, you probably time your run or workout session. The fitness experts on the Web site active .com say you should time your fluid replacement as well. Figure out how many gulps of water equate to 16 ounces and set your alarm wristwatch to remind you to drink on schedule. Replace the loss of sweat according to this plan: to learn your sweat rate (and fluid targets), weigh yourself naked before and after a workout. For every pound (16 ounces) you lose, replace 13 to 16 ounces (80 to 100 percent of that loss) while exercising. To be safe, always drink enough to quench your thirst, plus a little more. And don't forget that pre-exercise snack for workout fuel.

On the run

This weekend: The Brian Rohne Memorial 5K run/walk starts 7 p.m. Friday at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights. It is a tribute to the late cross country athlete. Proceeds from the event go the Brian Rohne Memorial Fund, which assists future runners at NKU.

Also a fun run for kids: 400 meters for kids 7 and younger, 800 meters for ages 8-12. $15 (859) 572-5193 or

• The LensCrafters fourth annual Eye Run for Vision 5K run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday from the Cincinnati Museum Center. The event includes a free kids fun run at 9:30 a.m. for children ages 12 and younger. Runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels, as well as visually impaired, are welcome to participate.

Bring your used eyeglasses to the race to donate for LensCrafters' charity program. $20. 765-3786.

• The St. Joseph Home of Cincinnati's sixth annual 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. Saturday starts and ends at the home in Sharonville. Age and weight categories for runners and walkers. Also clowns, balloon animals, face painting for the children and a fun run at 9:35 a.m.

Proceeds go to St. Joseph Home of Cincinnati, a nonprofit residential facility for children and young adults who are profoundly disabled and the Harold C. Schott Respite Center.

No dogs, scooters or inline skates on the course. Check-in at 7:30 a.m., race starts at 9 a.m. $12, $20 with T-shirt. 474-1399 (evenings) or

Mark your calendar

Good sweat: Get a free workout by joining Give Back Cincinnati's Clean Up the Town beautification program 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday on Republic Street in Over-the-Rhine.

Give Back is a nonprofit organization "focused on enhancing Cincinnati's communities through activities of volunteerism."

Activities may include removing graffiti, picking up trash and landscaping. Register at or call 604-6567.


Contact Shauna Scott Rhone by phone: 768-8511; fax: 768-8330; e-mail:

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