Winter workshop

It’s been chilly in Taylor County the last couple days. It definitely hasn’t felt how August ought to, and it’s got me thinking about fall and everything wonderful it brings with it. Soon the leaves will start changing, football season will be in full swing, and pumpkin spice will be back in season. If you couldn’t already tell, I love everything about fall, including the chilly weather.

Unfortunately, chilly weather tends to keep people inside. It can be tempting to go inside and curl up on the couch instead of staying outside and being active. Luckily for you, you can have the best of both worlds. You can avoid the chilly weather by staying at home and warm up by exercising inside.

This fall, the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department is sponsoring a workshop to help teach the community new ways to stay active and moving when it’s just a little too cold to venture outside.

The free workshop includes four separate sessions held on Tuesdays beginning October 3rd, and ending October 24th. Sessions are held from 2:00-3:00 PM at the Tygart Valley Fitness Center in Grafton. Each session will teach you new ways to stay active and keep yourself healthy when stuck inside. The workshop will feature several speakers specializing in various fields of exercise and nutrition.

The first session will include: an introduction to the course, and a discussion where the participants look at their current level of activity and ways they can increase that activity. Participants will also develop an activity plan they can follow during the colder months. The first session begins on October 3rd.

The second session will focus on beginner-friendly cardiovascular activities. Fitness Professional Ricky Williams will teach participants various ways to improve their cardiovascular health. This session will be held on October 10th.

The third session will be centered activities involving yoga. This session will be led by Tygart Valley Fitness Center’s Yoga Instructor Debbie Spadafore who will teach participants how to improve their balance and various yoga poses. Held on October 17th.

The final session will focus on strengthening activities for several areas of the body. Therapy staff from the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department will demonstrate various exercises for growing muscle and strengthening your upper body, abdominal area, and lower body. As this is the last session, there will also be a short discussion and wrap-up of the course, all held on October 24th.

If you’re interested in improving your health and learning new exercises for FREE, register by contacting Susie Bumgardner at 304-265-1288. Registration ends September 22nd, and spots are limited.

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