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Cerritos Mayor’s Column: Get in Shape This Summer in Cerritos


Mark Pulido

Cerritos Mayor Mark Pulido

By Mayor Mark E. Pulido

As I made mention of in a previous column, earlier this year Cerritos was named a “Playful City USA” by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive. This was the seventh consecutive year Cerritos received this designation in honor of its efforts to provide outstanding recreation programs and facilities for children.

In fact, Cerritos has great programs and facilities for all of our residents, whatever your age may be. With the numerous amenities available throughout the City, opportunities abound here to exercise and stay in shape this summer.

Take an early morning walk or enjoy a leisurely evening stroll with your family after dinner at one of the City’s many parks. Both Cerritos Park East and Liberty Park have jogging/walking tracks equipped with a soft rubberized surface, making exercise easier on your joints. Cerritos Regional Park has a fantastic walking path around its perimeter, in addition to two exercise station areas with various pieces of workout equipment. Baseball diamonds, multipurpose playing fields, basketball courts, handball courts, tennis courts and playground areas are some of the other amenities featured at these and other neighborhood parks throughout the City.

Liberty Park, the Cerritos Olympic Swim and Fitness Center and the Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park (for people age 50 and older) offer fitness centers to help keep you healthy. These gyms include multi-max stations, treadmills, stair climbers, elliptical machines and free weights. Contact each facility for information about membership and fees.

Taking a swim at the Cerritos Olympic Swim and Fitness Center is another great way to stay in shape, and to keep cool during the warm summer months. Numerous youth enjoy the Cerritos Skate Park at the Cerritos Sports Complex as a way of getting their daily exercise. And if golfing is your thing, you can log some healthy walking time while also improving your game out on the Cerritos Iron-Wood Nine Golf Course.

Enjoying a nice stroll around the Cerritos Towne Center in the early evening is another good way to exercise and also do some window shopping. Or, during the heat of day, take advantage of the air conditioned Los Cerritos Center and peruse the stores while you walk the mall.

Check out the City’s website at cerritos.us for more information about the various parks and facilities available to help you stay active and healthy this summer. Make a point to exercise regularly, wherever it may be. In addition to helping you stay in shape, exercising is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your family and to plan some fun outings together throughout the week. I encourage everyone in our community to utilize all that is available in the city to keep you and your families healthy and happy.


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