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Redwood Falls Gazette
  • Active lifestyle still possible in cold weather through the RACC

  • Whether it’s doing laps around the indoor track in the Redwood Valley Fieldhouse or spending time on a piece of stationary equipment in the fitness center, there are options available for those who want to continue working out but are not interested in braving the cold.
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  • When the outside air temperatures begin to plummet, many use it as an excuse to halt their active lifestyles – essentially hunkering down for the winter months waiting for the day when the sun comes out again and they can enjoy their outdoor walks.
    While most know of the Redwood Area Community Center, (RACC) many may not realize just what one can do when they walk through the doors.
    Whether it’s doing laps around the indoor track in the Redwood Valley Fieldhouse or spending time on a piece of stationary equipment in the fitness center, there are options available for those who want to continue working out but are not interested in braving the cold.
    In addition to getting that workout on the track or in the fitness center, there are a number of adult leagues being offered through the Redwood Falls city recreation department for adults, including volleyball, tennis and basketball leagues.
    According to Jackie Edwards of the Red-wood Area Community Center the leagues are scheduled to begin in November, and those who are interested in taking part in the leagues are encouraged to contact the city recreation department.
    “We also have a year-round pick-up basketball game played Monday, Wed-nesday and Friday at noon,” added Edwards.
    The ice is scheduled to go on in the arena this week, which opens up a number of other exercise options from hockey leagues to open skate times.
    Information about the ice arena and the open skate schedule can be found online at the RACC Web site.
    There are a number of options also available for kids, including the playground area, which is available during regular business hours and can allow adults to work out while their kids play.
    The Little Critters program, which helps to encourage activity in kids ages zero through six, is available Mon-days and Thursdays from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. The cost is $1 per child. The playground and activity items for kids was made possible through the efforts of the local early childhood coalition.
    “Having these programs available for kids is a great way to help keep them moving,” Edwards said. “This is one way to help them burn off all of that winter energy.”
    The Little Critters program starts in mid-November and continues through mid-March.
    There are also youth programs offered during the coming months in gymnastics, basketball, wrestling, and Edwards said there are also plans for a dance camp and youth tennis programming.
    Those who are interested may also find a golf net and batting cage at the RACC.
    For members, the community center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    Memberships are available, as are punch cards for those who would like to utilize the facilities during the winter months.
    Page 2 of 2 - Edwards said activity increases significantly over the colder months, as people keep up their active lives.
    An open house has been scheduled for Dec. 1 from 4-7 p.m. This is a time for the public to come in and check out all that the community center has to offer.
    “We wanted to offer a thank you to our customers and to just offer a free night of family fun for the community,” said Edwards.
    More about the RACC can be found at www.redwoodareacommunitycenter.com.

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