Give fitness a try for free

With two facilities participating in the international event, residents have the entire day to check out the Hope Recreation Centre and Muscleworks Gym.

Local fitness instructors are gearing up for Move for Health Day in Hope, Wednesday, May 11.

With two facilities participating in the international event, residents have the entire day to check out the Hope Recreation Centre and Muscleworks Gym.

Move for Health Day was created back in 2002 by the World Health Organization to encourage physical activity in a community, at the workplace and at home.

Since 2002, the B.C. Recreation and Parks Association has continued to take the lead in promoting healthy active living through Move for Health Day iniatives.

At the Hope and District Recreation Centre and Dan Sharrers Aquatic Centre, an open house is held each year on Move for Health Day encouraging everyone in the community to make use of the facility for free.

“It’s also our Customer Appreciation Day,” says Kristi Savard, rec centre staffer.

“Everyone can enjoy the pool, try out the fitness centre and lift a few weights all for free”

Child minding is also available for parents and guardians, who would like to give the recreation centre a try, but have a young one at home.

Aqua fit classes are also free that day, as is the Fitness Express class with fitness instructor, Kim Richardson. “But get in early, because Fitness Express is very popular and the gym fills up really quickly,” adds Savard.

The recreation centre will also be giving out deals on fitness passes as well as loads of prizes including Yoga mats, water bottles, Coopers Foods gift certificates and 10-day to six month fitness passes to the pool and gym.

Muscleworks gym on Wallace Street is also welcoming the public give their weights and cardio machines a try for free on Wednesday.  On Wednesday, residents can also join in the Step Cardio class starting at 5 p.m.

“We will do anything to just get people moving, says gym owner, Karen Scalise.

For more information on Move for Health Day at the Recreation Centre phone 604-869-2304. For more information on Move for Health Day activities at Muscleworks Gym phone 604-869-9499.