"Walking is a great way to increase wellbeing," says the PCN's Active Living Consultant, Randi Lynn Rinaldi. "It can reduce blood pressure, help manage weight and even decrease stress. What's more, the social setting means that people encourage each other, making it easier to work towards the 10,000 steps per day recommended by Health Canada".
Fast or slow, beginners or those who walk regularly, adults with varying fitness levels are all welcome. The expansive area with high ceilings and natural light creates a comfortable atmosphere for walkers. The walking lane is found in the former swimming pool location, now the home of Canmore Illusions Gymnastics Club.
Volunteers play a key role in supporting the program. The volunteers offer encouragement and information, helping build the social side of the program, and ensure the walking lane is used safely. At registration, participants receive a free pedometer and resource package including instructions for online or paper tracking, plus a pedometer information sheet, and the Town of Canmore's flyer featuring local indoor walking options.
"Another advantage of the Program is the ability to track not only individual steps and distances, but also to total up everyone's steps," Randi Lynn continues. "A walking challenge is a possibility for the future, for example, to a 'destination' anywhere in the world…perhaps to a sunny, beach location!"
Marg Szamosfalvi, Member Services Coordinator with the Town of Canmore adds, "We are excited to partner with the PCN and to see how the space can be used. Making the lane available is just one way of helping people live healthy, active lives. We hope the program will generate enthusiasm for making regular walking an ongoing part of our residents' daily lives, using this community facility."
The Bow Valley Indoor Adult Walking Program starts November 30 on Mondays 10:30 to 11:30 and Wednesdays 11:30 to 12:30 and runs until March 30, 2016. This is a FREE drop in program for Bow Valley residents. Register in person at the Rec Centre on any day the program is scheduled. . Please wear clean and comfortable indoor shoes. For advance information, email Randi at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403 675 3000.
To volunteer, call 403-675-3000.
News Flash: An additional Indoor Walking Program will run in Banff at the Fenlands Recreation Centre, starting January 18. Join Kiley for this safe, social and fun Indoor Walking Program on Mondays, 11am - noon. No pre-registration needed. Call 403 675 3000 for more information.
The walking lane in the gymnastics gym at the Canmore Recreation Centre is also available to the public for no cost at these times:
Mondays: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m
For more information click http://www.bowvalleypcn.ca/ourprograms/Pages/ActiveLiving.aspx
Email email@example.com, or call 403 675 3000