REC REPORT: Just like Aerosmith, GFREC wants you to walk this way

It is never too late to get up and get active. Grand Forks Recreation (GFREC) encourages everyone to take a stroll in their neighborhood, or find a nice quiet path to walk.

It is never too late to get up and get active.  Grand Forks Recreation (GFREC) encourages everyone to take a stroll in their neighborhood, or find a nice quiet path to walk.

A good place to start is our local City Park. The flat, paved trail offers a great beginner course down along the river.

Why walk you ask? There are several reasons to start a walking program or increase your activity level. Walking is without a doubt, one of the easiest ways to improve your health, fitness and overall well being.  You may not perceive the few steps to car or the quick walk home from the grocery store as exercise but it’s the accumulation of this activity, or the lack of it, that determines whether you’re active and healthy or not.

Getting up and active elevates your mood, which in turn changes your attitude towards your health. Walking can slow the aging process, it improves your muscle strength, keeps the body flexible and it helps with weight control.

Walking can be fun and enjoyable with friends and family. Commit yourself to a walking group, even if it is for the social aspect of it. If there is no group that works for you, create your own.

The first step would be to obtain doctor’s approval.  Purchase a good pair of walking shoes and the rest is up to you.

Join the walking group at the arena parking lot every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning starting at 7:30 a.m. Set own pace and distance depending on your level of fitness. Start your program by walking once a week or get into a routine of three mornings a week. This program is self-guided so just show up and start your walk.

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Don’t miss out on the annual sand sculpture event at the Christina Lake public beach. Bring the family out for a great outing on Sunday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. There is a little gift for everyone who participates in the activity. This community event is sponsored by the Christina Lake Recreation Commission and many of the local businesses in and around the lake.

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If you missed out on the Christina Lake swim lessons this past week, don’t panic.

Session 2 will start on Monday, July 25. Classes run every day Monday through Friday at the public beach. Pre-registration is required so call today to avoid missing out on the final set for 2011.

Pick up a summer flyer for details on upcoming events and summer programs, or view the recreation brochure on the web at www.rdkb.com . You can also reach the Grand Forks Recreation Office at 250-442-2202 and the Grand Forks Aquatic Centre at 250-442-3488 or by email, gfplay@rdkb.com.