SUNDRE – Residents aged 55-plus who might be looking for a place to safely and confidently stretch their legs and go for a stroll without worrying about slipping or getting frost bite need look no further.
The Sundre Community Centre’s gymnasium is open every Monday and Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The 55-plus indoor walking program started in September and is available at no cost.
“It’s opened up a door for a lot of our seniors,” said Irene McBee, who turns 82 this month.
The program offers participants a chance not only to get some exercise at their own pace, but also to meet new people and socialize, along the way boosting their mental health as well, said McBee, adding she previously presented a case for the program to the municipality, which agreed to cover the cost of the facility’s rental fee.
Last year, she said there were 33 regulars walkers.
Among this year’s regulars who strives to make both weekly sessions is Marsha Rockey, who appreciates having a warm place to walk comfortably on a level, no-slip surface.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said Rockey.
“I hope it keeps going,” added McBee, who encourages people to come out, even if they have a walker.
“Five steps is better than no steps,” she said, adding the adage, “You move it, or you lose it!”