Plenty of ways to be physically active

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At the Y with Stacey Coombs

For some, the thought of physical activity translates into boring, monotonous workouts in the gym. However, physical activity comes in many forms and it just takes some exploring to find what you like to do best.

Recreational sports are a great way to increase your fitness while having fun and working on skill development. There are many places around Amherst that offer free programming that promotes physical activity and fun.

Are you tired of slipping and sliding all over the sidewalks? Try walking inside on the indoor track at the Amherst Stadium. Get a group together and walk and chat in the comfort of the indoors while you log valuable miles.

At the Y, we now offer free swim and gym times throughout the week. Swimming is a great disguise for exercise. It is fun and challenging which makes it ideal for children. Is swimming not for you? Come play basketball or soccer in the gym with friends. Don’t have the equipment for what you want to do?

The Town of Amherst started the Sports Equipment Lending program so everyone can participate in the activity of their choice! Equipment such as volleyballs, basketballs, snow shoes, walking poles, tennis rackets and so on are available for lend. All you have to do is bring your library card to the library, YMCA, or the Stadium and you can borrow your choice of equipment.

The stadium also offers free public skating times throughout the week. Please check the Town of Amherst website for more details on the equipment lending program and the public skating schedule.

As Carol Welsh said “movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.”

Physical activity does not need to be a chore. It can be fun and exciting when you find something you love to do.


Stacey Coombs is a membership services representative at the YMCA Association of Cumberland. At the Y appears bi-weekly in The Amherst News.


Organizations: YMCA, The Amherst News

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium

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