By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
It’s almost always on my list of goals for the new year. Lose weight.
Maybe it’s on your list, too. Or maybe you just want to tone those muscles or develop better habits.
Imperial offers many opportunities to meet those goals.
Chase County Community Hospital is a good start. Although the hospital doesn’t have specific classes for the general public, a number of “elite” people take advantage of the hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation program with Cindy Arterburn, R.N.
This involves exercise for those people who are recovering from cardiac events. At first, it’s paid by insurance, according to Marianne Sullivan of the hospital’s physical therapy department. Those who qualify may then take another class, and pay out of pocket, after the original program.
Then on to Chase County Schools, where people may take advantage of the indoor track and weight room.
School Supt. Matt Fisher said people may utilize those facilities when they’re not in use by students.
That means that the indoor track is available most of the time. There are body conditioning classes for students in the weight room between 8-9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., so the weight room isn’t available to the public at those times.
The school is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Fisher said that the outdoor track is available to the public at any time.
The school also uses the Wellington Gym for school activities. However, the public is also welcome to use that facility.
Several groups currently use the Wellington gym. There is an aerobics class Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at about 5:45 a.m. Basketball is scheduled Tuesday nights, and Monday-Wednesday-Friday at noon. Volleyball players have also utilized the gym Monday nights.
All of these events are scheduled privately by adults.
Anyone wanting to use the gym should contact Activities Director Mark Bottom at the school to obtain a key to the building, Fisher said.
The Imperial Community Center offers a class for older residents, with Julie Neighbors of Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department leading.
The class is geared toward seniors, and involves stretching, according to Center Director Becky Berry. Participants use light weights, stretch bands and exercise balls.
It meets from 9-10 a.m. on Tuesdays and 10-11 a.m. on Thursdays.
The class is free of charge, as is the use of the Center’s elliptical rider, treadmill and reclining exercise bike. Berry said, “Anyone is welcome to use them.”
The Community Center is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Women’s Gym, located at 420 Broadway, is owned by Mary Haarberg and Cheri Burke. There are no hours, as entry is through a key card.
For $28 per month, women may use the treadmills, ellipticals, tread climber, stair machine, the full set of circuit equipment, free weights and pilates balls.
No classes are offered. The Women’s Gym opened Oct. 1, 2008.
More information may be obtained by contacting Haarberg at 882-5642.
The FarmKID Gym, formerly The Health Club, located on Highway 61, is managed by Steve Grams. It also has no set hours, as entry is with a key.
Grams said he is now upgrading equipment, making it more accessible and user friendly to the older population.
Upgrades will include a recumbant bike and an elliptical machine approached from the back.
Other facilities include stationary and free weight equipment, cardio equipment, stair masters, a tanning booth, a raquetball court, and a room for indoor golf, basketball and exercise.
The original club opened in early 2000.
The cost for the private club is $50 per month. Grams said special rates for high school students and seniors may be negotiated. He may be contacted at 883-2000.
For those who like to feel the high of running, the Chase County Fair Fun Run during August and the Pumpkin Run in October are open to the public. Those dates are announced weeks prior to the events.
So, there’s really no excuse to put off getting into shape. You have plenty to choose from in Imperial.