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Posted on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 : 8:57 p.m.

New year’s fitness resolutions made easier with local Ann Arbor stores

By Angela Smith

Losing weight, getting fit, and reducing stress - even the U.S. government made a list of top resolutions, and these all made the cut. Being mindful of our health is something we all need a little help with. This week, I got emails from 2 Ann Arbor stores that gave me ideas to stay motivated in my quest.

Sun and Snow in Westgate Plaza has just made some major markdowns on winter sports gear. I am not one for hitting the slopes, but my daughters and I have all enjoyed a couple of attempts at cross country skiing. An email sent out today promises the following:

30% off kids' outerwear 20% off adult outerwear 15% Off Baselayer Buy 1 hat get 1 half off 20%off gloves 10% off ski goggles If you buy any 2009/2010 Adult set of skis or snowboard before Friday you will receive a 1 day pass to Nubs Nob Ski Resort!

Sun and Snow also has great winter events planned for the upcoming weekends. Check its event listing for information on a Family Sledding Nights and a Boyne Mountain Getaway.

Running Fit is rousing us to road trip up to Traverse City for their Snowshoe Race on Jan. 23. Even those of us who have never worn a snowshoe are invited to attend. And let’s face it falling down and getting up in the snow is probably a better workout than even doing it the right way. If Traverse City is a bit too far for your workout, there is always the Novi run on Super Bowl Sunday. Earn your couch potato time by participating in the Super 5k before game time on Feb. 7. In case you push your body a bit harder than it’s ready for, Running Fit recommends a useful product called KT tape. KT tape will support injured joints and muscles as they heal. You might want to pick some up at the store, and then head over to Probility Physical Therapy . Probility offers a free evaluation and runner’s clinic on the first or third Thursday of the month.

Looking for more fitness deals?

Check out this on-line list of fitness sales and coupons.

Lead Shopping Blogger Angie Smith will hunt for deals and dish on the latest in retail in Ann Arbor. Readers will attain notices of great deals, and store happenings in and around the city. To report a news item or tip contact her at angieannarbor@gmail.com