Monthly Archive: July 2010

Jul 28

Hello Austin!

My name is Owen O’Brien (that’s me in the pink shorts!), and I will be writing columns about about how we can use exercise — from Crossfit to hiking — to improve the quality of our lives. I will record my experiences trying out Austin’s best workouts, document the fitness successes of fellow Austinites, and share the latest research on the relationship between exercise and well-being. No matter the topic, I will write each column with one purpose in mind: to connect you to more fitness opportunities around Austin! With more than 50 public swimming pools, 206 parks, 26 greenbelts, and almost 300 gym listings, Austin is the ideal city for people who strive to live an active lifestyle.

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Jul 22

ActiveATX is Live!

There were two significant events that occurred after I moved back to Austin from college in Fort Worth. Without these, I’m not sure ActiveATX would exist.

The first event that sparked the idea for ActiveATX happened when I returned to Austin after my five-year stint at college, where I graduated from TCU’s Neeley School of Business with a degree in Entrepreneurial Management. After a half-decade sabbatical from Austin, I decided to go to Town Lake to enjoy what I considered the “core” of Austin. It was one of those moments when you feel something profound is occurring but you aren’t sure why. I was struck by the power of the physical activity scene in the city: the hike and bike trail was literally teeming with healthy life. I was completely in the moment, and it made an impact. Now I have realized that this marked the beginning of a yearlong process that would lead to the finished product of ActiveATX – a defining moment in my life.

The second event that occurred was a conversation I had with a friend I will call “Sally.” Sally had just broken up with her boyfriend after having moved to Austin to live with him. She had found herself suddenly alone, single, socially isolated and feeling like she had no resources and nothing to do. She was not connected to the town, and was desperately seeking ways to build a social life. She was lost. She expressed her disinterest in going to bars, now being a year out of college, and she felt like she had nowhere to meet people. We discussed sports and fitness and how this arena was a healthy, non-threatening way to meet people her age. That’s when the idea for ActiveATX took hold!

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