Get Fit Outdoors in San Mateo County

Staying fit is an essential part of staying healthy. Physical activity strengthens your bones and muscles, helps control body weight and reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. It also contributes to your mental health and is a proven mood-booster. But what if the gym is inconvenient, expensive, or just plain uninspiring? Try taking your workout outdoors, with free, fun, fitness opportunities right around the corner in local parks and open spaces.

“Physical fitness is part of what creates a healthy community,” says Carole Groom, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. San Mateo County offers numerous programs that combine fresh air and exercise in its parks and open spaces, several of which are described in this blog post. Check out the list, then check in with your local county to see what community fitness opportunities are available near you. Read More

How to Boost Your Health With Exercise


We all know we should exercise. Yet with our busy lives, working out can quickly fall off our “to-do” list. But exercise may be as powerful as medication for many health conditions, making it worth reconsidering.

Studies have found that exercise offers benefits similar to anti-inflammatory drugs, insulin medication, anti-anxiety pills and weight loss drugs. Exercise can make such a big difference for your health, it’s worth starting even if you already have diabetes or heart disease. It’s never too late to get benefits, says Mimi Jones, R.N., a cardiac nurse and exercise physiologist who teaches fitness in the Mills-Peninsula Cardio-Metabolic program.

How can you take an “exercise pill” to boost your health? Follow these tips.

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Is Pilates the Right Exercise for You?

PilatesPilates is now a popular form of exercise for gaining strength and flexibility. In this Healthpoint video, Mills-Peninsula exercise physiologist Brooke Benjamin breaks down the basics of Pilates: What is it, how does it work and what are the fitness benefits?

Quick Desk Workouts


No time for the gym? In this Healthpoints video, Mills-Peninsula exercise physiologist Brooke Benjamin demonstrates quick and easy desk workouts you can squeeze in anytime, without leaving the office. Every bit of exercise adds up, so get moving!


Top Calorie-Burning Exercises

Are all workouts created equal? Mills-Peninsula exercise physiologist Brooke Benjamin explores which workouts pack the biggest punch. Learn about the exercises that will rev up your metabolism – helping burn calories even after your workout is done.

Maximize Your Workout: Find Your Target Heart Rate

Exercising within your target heart rate zone is the best way to maximize the benefits of your workout. In this video segment, Mills-Peninsula exercise physiologist Brooke Benjamin shows you how to find – and stay – within your target heart rate.