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Keep Walking in Winter

By Mary L. Doepke, RN

Icy sidewalks and snow-covered paths make walking in winter more than inconvenient. It can be downright dangerous!

But that doesn’t mean you have to hang up your walking shoes. Indoor tracks offer a safe and warm place to exercise this winter, and at little or no cost!

Here are a few to consider.

Darien Sportsplex

The Darien Sportsplex, 451 Plainfield Road, allows guests to use the facility’s indoor soccer field as a walking track FREE every weekday morning from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

It is best to call ahead, however, as scheduled programs are sometimes taking place.

Call (630) 789-6666.

Community House

You don’t have to be a member of The Community House in Hinsdale to take advantage of its indoor walking track. Non-members can buy a daily walking pass for just $1

The track is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and hours vary on weekends. Call (630) 323-7500 for more information.

LaGrange Recreation Center

A daily walking pass is available to La Grange residents for $3 and to non-residents for $5.

A yearlong pass is available to senior residents for $22.

La Grange Park District’s new Neighborhood Network passes allow residents of Brookfield, Countryside, La Grange Highlands, La Grange Park, McCook and Western Springs to purchase yearlong passes at a reduced rate of $25.

The track is open 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sundays.

Call (708) 352-1762 for more information.

Be a Mall Walker

The mall isn’t just for shopping.

North Riverside Mall, in cooperation with MacNeal Hospital, offers a free walking club that encourages seniors and others to keep in shape all year long.

The mall opens early at 6:30 a.m. every day to accommodate walkers. But of course, walkers are welcome any time the mall is open.

Registration in the Mall Walkers entitles members to perks such as free admission to bi-annual breakfast and health speaker events. Sign up by clicking HERE.

Call (708) 442-1111 for more information.

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