The Sole Sisters program originated in January of this year and has grown to include regular fitness classes and a walking program.

The Sole Sisters program originated in January of this year and has grown to include regular fitness classes and a walking program.

Sole Sisters walk Cathedral Grove as part of active aging week

There are also 10-week programs through Kickstart, and many other activities offered throughout the week

Calling all women, ages 55-plus, to come out to the Kickstart Fitness Gym and have fun keeping active.

The “Sole Sisters” program originated in January 2014, as one of only four provincial programs, to receive a FAB (Forever Active Bodies) 55-plus grant from ViaSport. Arrowsmith Community Recreation is proud to share that the inaugural Sole Sisters’ program has grown to include regular fitness classes and a walking program, with continued motivation and expertise from Kickstart’s enthusiastic personal trainers.

In a news release, Sole Sisters organizers say they continue to minimize barriers and increase participation of women, ages 55-plus in sport and fitness. The program is not a drop-in program. It is designed to enable participants to chart the progress they have made in their strength, flexibility and cardio over the 10 weeks and to encourage support and friendship.

Two 10-week programs, Mondays noon-1 p.m., Sept. 29-Dec. 8 and Thursdays  at the same time, Oct. 2-Dec. 4, will be offered in the brand new Kickstart Gym, located at 1530 Springhill Road. (Springhill is off Church Road, across from the RDN transfer station). The cost is $80 for 10 weeks and participants must pre-register.

As part of Active Aging Week, Sept. 22-27, the Sole Sisters are inviting men and women to join them, rain or shine today (Sept. 25) from  9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m, in beautiful Cathedral Grove for a fitness walk. All paces and fitness levels are welcome. Please park in the parking lot on either side of the highway and meet by the main entrance to the trail on the non-Cameron Lake side. Participants will have the opportunity to walk the trails on each side of the highway. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.

If you would like more information or are interested in registering for one of the upcoming Sole Sisters’ programs, please contact Kim Longmuir at 250-248-8515 or ranlong@telus.net.

— Submitted by Arrowsmith Community Recreation