Calling All MPCC Seniors! Now is the Time to Begin Walking – by Bethiah Shuemaker


There is an old song lyric that goes, “Put one foot in front of the other and soon you will be walking out the door”. Think about it, putting one foot in front of the other or walking is something we all do every day. We walk to the kitchen, we walk to the mailbox, we walk around the grocery store, and we walk to our cars!

Considered aerobic exercise, walking every day is the number one exercise recommend by doctors to their patients because walking is easy to do, requires nothing but a pair of sneakers or tennis shoes, and has great mental and physical benefits.

Walking about 30 minutes every day helps people of all ages maintain a healthy weight! Walking also strengthens your bones and muscles, improves your mood, and helps to improve your balance and coordination.

The senior population and all of us here at the Community Center are fortunate to have excellent choices of where we would like to walk. If you are the type of person who is not crazy about walking outside, you can take a water walking class at the indoor pool.

If you enjoy nature and the outdoors, be sure to become a member of our Walking Club which meets or Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am – 10:00am. We walk on the paved walking trails here at Costello Park. In addition, when the weather does not cooperate, we walk inside the Community Center.

New and coming this fall, the seniors will meet on Fridays at Signal Hill Park for a change of scenery and utilize the paved walking trails at Signal Hill. If the weather is inclement, we will walk inside of the Community Center building! I love that we always have a “Plan B” so if it is too cold, too windy, or pouring rain we can always walk and exercise at the MPCC.

The American Heart Association recommends a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise daily. On a weekly basis, they recommend adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic activity OR at least 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity OR an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous intensity aerobic activity. This information is found through the Virginia Family Nutrition Program, where they also have some healthy easy recipes!

Our senior walking club does not do any power walking! Here, we like to walk and talk, check on our Little Library Boxes around Costello Park for restocking books as we exercise our brains and hearts. (A good supportive sneaker, comfortable clothes, water bottle refillable at our cooling station and hat, plus some sunscreen.)

We have a whole host of classes for all levels of intensity here at the community center. Always check with your doctor before embarking on an exercise program and get moving with us. Be sure to check out all the happenings at the Community Center!

Bethiah Shuemaker is the Recreation Specialist for Seniors for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. She can be reached at 703-335-8872, or via email at:

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