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31 December . 2017

Amenities: How Estrella Helps its Residents Meet Their Resolutions

Did you review your goals and set some resolutions for the new year? We believe making and keeping goals helps people to live full and fulfilled lives as they are constantly growing and improving. Sometimes, though, the following scenario plays out — we compile our list of resolutions, determined that this will be the year we’ll lose those 15 extra pounds, maintain a spotless house, and lose that bad habit of biting our nails. Unfortunately, a little time passes, our lists get placed in a disorganized kitchen drawer, and suddenly December rolls around again with our resolutions still unmet. If that’s the story of your life (it happens to us all the time!), there’s hope on the horizon, especially if you live in the Estrella community. Our amenities and features empower residents to meet their goals; here are some of our favorites, as well as some handy apps to help you stay motivated along the way.

Indoor Fitness

Resolution #1: Health

The season of great feasts, holiday cookies and lazy vacation days is drawing to a close — now it’s time to get in shape! To empower residents who are envisioning a healthier, thinner, or more energetic version of themselves in the new year, the Estrella community offers a myriad of options for exercise. For those who like to hit the gym, the Presidio and Starpointe Residents Clubs hosts fitness centers that are well stocked with equipment and weights. The personal trainers there help residents formulate eating and exercise strategies to empower them to meet their health goals, as well as hold them accountable for maintaining those goals throughout the year. The fitness centers also offer regular aerobic classes, where the high energy and group exercise settings inspire residents to push themselves towards their fitness goals. Residents who want a more low-impact workout can enjoy the outdoor heated lap pool. And no one needs to stress out about what to do with their kids — they can just bring them along! Children can play in the youth club or PreSchooner Club while their parents work out.

Track your progress in your exercise regimen with the popular MyFitnessPal and SparkPeople apps. They make tracking exercise and diet fun with built-in games and rewards. If you prefer to get in shape outdoors, stay tuned for the next section.

Outdoor Adventure
 

Resolution #2: Enjoy the Great Outdoors More Often

If you can hear the outdoors calling your name, Estrella is the place to be. Residents often play games, organize play dates for their kids, or enjoy picnics in any one of our 30+ parks, including the North Lake, South Lake and Bougainvillea Park. We’ve gotten great feedback from our local adrenaline junkies who use the bike pump track. And the community boasts over 40 miles of paths and trails, perfect for hiking, running, or biking through ravines, mountains, or alongside the shores of our two lakes. For a great guide to trails all over the world, check out the EveryTrail app, which boasts more than 400,000 routes for biking, running and hiking, complete with safety and user tips.

Residents can take advantage of the Estrella Yacht Club and can utilize sailboats, paddleboats, kayaks and canoes. The clubs also offer numerous classes, like sailing, water safety, and pre-schooner activities for families with small children.

Many would argue that the best way to get outside is pushing a bag full of golf clubs. Residents and non-residents alike can enjoy the award-winning Golf Club of Estrella, a par-72, 18-hole championship golf course by Nicklaus Design. After enjoying your fun in the sun, you can retreat to the Player’s Grill and Patio for happy hour or lunch/dinner after the game.


Gathering 

Resolution #3: Spend More Time with Family and Friends

Community is important in Estrella — that’s why we go to such great lengths to organize events each month to bring family and neighbors together. Some of our favorites include our annual Goodyear Lakeside Music Fest, WinterFest, and Ballet Under the Stars, or monthly Lakeside Farmers Markets. We plan a variety of different events, ranging in attendance anywhere from four families to hundreds of friends. If you want to keep in touch with all of our events, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, or check out our events calendar.

When you have determined some specific goals for spending more time with your family (i.e. eat dinner together every night), you can use a goal tracking app like Coach.me or Strides to help you stay on target.