Monday, November 28, 2016

“Walk the Bingham Gym” Exercise Program

As the days shorten and walking outside becomes more difficult, getting enough exercise is hard to do. If you like to walk, here is an opportunity to do it safely and in the company of others.

Thanks to the generosity of Gould Academy, in coordination with the Age-Friendly Community Initiative (AFCI) and the Bethel Recreation Department, the Bingham Gym will be open for walking to all adults aged 55 and over in the greater Bethel area. The gym will be open twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 1:30 and 2:30 pm. Come on in to walk in the warm, well-lit space of the basketball court (wear gym-type shoes). You do not need to pre-register, but you will need to sign a waiver of liability when you attend the first time.

A member of the AFCI Winter Exercise Task Force will be present at the gym when it is open for our use. If you like to walk to music, we recommend that you bring an iPod/iPhone and earbuds.

While the focus will be on walking at your own pace, there will be guest leaders who will offer exercise tips and instruction in qi gong, walking meditation, and the use of light weights, depending on the interests of participants. Suggestions for other activities are welcome.

The program will begin on Tuesday, November 29. The gym will be open at 1:30 pm on that day and on December 1st, 6th and 8th. Because of Academy activities, we will take a break and begin the Tuesday-Thursday schedule again on January 10th.

No need to become a couch potato because of ice and snow-covered walks! Help yourself stay fit this winter and participate in this new opportunity. For more information contact Jackie Cressy (, 824-0508).

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