Updated on Wednesday:
The three months allotted for recovery from knee
surgery is almost over, but the intensive physical therapy twice a week
and other exercises at home are ongoing. Some of this has been
interesting and innovative, but I would not necessarily describe it as
A friend invited me to accompany her to Aquasize
class at a community pool. Each time we went, the program was more
appealing. I would think, “We need this in Calhoun County.” Our young
people need it, but all of us could benefit from exercise that is fun
and also a survival skill. My friend and I drove 25 miles to a community
fitness center that housed the outdoor pool and an exercise facility.
There were 40 participants in the class, men and women, with the oldest
being 87. Various body shapes and health problems were there.
The friendship and laughter was the first part that
caught my interest. An outsider from West Virginia soon felt like a part
of the group. I then wondered about the cost. The approximate annual
fees are $150 for senior citizens, $175 for adults and $250 for
families. It includes use of the pool, fitness equipment and lessons.
Classes are held at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
While we were exercising, a few other very fit
persons were swimming laps in the lanes. When we were leaving, a group
of young people were gathering for their lesson. A progressive program
of instruction, even for very young children, assured the community of
an oncoming group of swimmers. The schools have swim teams, and children
grow up knowing water safety skills, participating in fitness activities
that are fun, and competing on swim teams.
will be closed for several days next week while an insulated bubble top
is put in place. The water is heated, if necessary. This will assure use
of the pool even in bad weather.
Calhoun County is still working on the “Big Blue
Dream” and the Legacy Center. We know that the schools, hospital and
senior center can benefit from this project. I see other benefits.
Swimming is a survival skill. It is also more fun than walking laps.
Young people are employed as pool attendants. Senior swim class
participants usually take time for a biscuit and drink after class,
patronizing a local snack shop.
Most of all, overall health will improve for all
ages. No other activity will benefit so many Calhouners.
This Week's Editorial:By Helen Morris:
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