Staying Fit in the Winter Months

Now that autumn has kicked in and the temperatures are starting to drop, snowy weather lurks in the shadows of our minds.   Staying fit is important all year, but bad weather puts a damper on our exercising plans.   Clark/Pioneer Rec Center has offered Zumba classes for free for a few years now, thanks to our own Sue Goldberg.  Sue has been very dedicated by putting in many hours teaching Zumba three times a week to help others get in shape and stay in shape.

Last winter, Sue offered to open up the gym to anyone who was interested in walking.  After a great turn-out at the gym, she agreed to continue to open the gym each time Zumba is taking place.  Zumba classes are held Mondays and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., the first Wednesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the rest of the Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Walking is a great way to exercise.  Here are some ways walking is beneficial:

  • Walking improves cardiovascular health.
  • Walking prevents and improves pain from Arthritis.  Walking actually lubricates knees, hip joints and strengthens the muscles around those joints, reducing the strain of those joints.
  • Walking is one of the easiest exercises to become a part of your lifestyle.
  • Walking improves your mental health.

The consensus is that 12 laps around the gym is one mile.  There are chairs available for anyone needing to take a break between laps.  Please put the chairs away before leaving for the day.

We hope that the people of Clark with take advantage of this opportunity to improve their health.  Hope to see you at the gym!