Bill and Frances Reams have been walking at the indoor track at the Clayton Community Center for two years because they say it makes them feel "good."
CLAYTON -- Walking two miles outside would be a challenge in the winter weather, but one couple, in their 80s hasn’t let the season bring a halt to their steps.
At Clayton Community Center on Amelia Church Road, Frances and Bill Reams, of Clayton, walk two miles, three times a week. The couple has been coming to the indoor track for two years.
“We’re both in our 80s, so we feel like it’s important to get out and exercise,” said Frances Reams, midstride, as she and her husband walked at a quick pace around the track. She said that two miles means making 32 laps around the track.
“When it’s hot out there, it feels good in here,” said Reams. “And when it’s cold out there, it’s also good here.”
Wanda Bowman helps sign in guests at the community center. During the hours of 8 to 10 a.m. she greets dozens of senior walkers by name. It is mostly regulars who come, she said.
“I call it our social hour,” Bowman said. There are about 40 senior citizens who walk on the indoor track in the mornings.
For many of them, their routine is so regular that Bowman said she notices when they don’t show up and she feels concerned. “The next time they come, I’ll ask them what happened and check in with them,” she said.
Opened three years ago, The Clayton Community Center is filled with huge windows that flood the walking track with natural light and the recreational classrooms with a bright atmosphere.
Membership at the community center is open to residents and non-residents, which includes anyone living outside of town limits. For people interested in using the walking track, the fee is $5 annually per person for a resident. For a non-Clayton resident it is $50 annually.
The community center also offers fitness and art classes, and childcare. Classes currently being offered are yoga, zumba, Tai Chi Chuan, Fusion, which combines yoga and pilates, belly dancing, cardio/tone/burn, tone and sculpt. There are several pottery classes with separate options for adults and children, as well as quilting, painting and drawing classes.