Residents can improve their day with steps and a smile. That’s the message from the St. Charles Park District, encouraging residents to take advantage of the indoor walking locations this winter at Haines Gymnasium and Sportsplex.
Whether you’re improving your fitness or just need a break, Haines and Sportsplex offer two different times for indoor walking from December through March. Residents are free, but the nonresident fee is $3 at each location.
If you’re a morning person, kick-start your day with a walk at Sportsplex, 1400 Foundry St. Open 8:30-930 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10.5 laps along the outer edge of the turf field equals one mile.
But if walking later in the day is more convenient, Haines at 305 S. 9th St., is the place to be. From noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, you can get your steps in during a lunch break or to wind down before picking the children up from school. At Haines, 13 laps around the gym is half a mile.
“Walking is such great exercise,” said Sabrina Hunley, Community Center Supervisor. “It increases your heart and lung fitness and reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. It even improves your balance.”
While Haines and Sportsplex provide options to walk indoors, when the winter weather cooperates, head into the fresh air and onto one of the regularly plowed trails at the following parks: Fox Chase, Harvest Hills, James O. Breen Community, Mt. St. Mary and Pottawatomie.
Or turn your fitness routine up a notch and explore the outdoors on unplowed trails via cross country skiing, hiking or snowshoeing.
For more information visit www.stcparks.org