Washington County Recreation Department

March 02, 2011|By HARRY NOGLE
  • Two year old Adam Joly plays basketball at a Giggles and Wiggles program in the AARC at Hagerstown Community College
photo courtesy of Wash. Co. Rec. Dept.

If activity, play and exercise are “what the doctor ordered” to deal with Cabin Fever, then it’s time to get up, get out and start moving.  Activity, play and exercise can improve our moods and our weight.  We also know that parents who promote active lifestyles are teaching their children good habits they can carry with them into adulthood.

One of the first things parents can do is call the Washington County Recreation Department at 240-313-2805 or visit and select one of the many programs for kids and adults.  

Kids and adults can enroll in a “Giggles and Wiggles” program for 2-4 year olds.  Brenda Brown conducts this child/adult interactive program that enables toddlers and an adult to experience a variety of movement activities such as musical games, obstacle courses, tumbling, storytelling, coloring and drawing.

“It’s all about getting kids involved,” said Marsha Moats, Program Coordinator for the Recreation Department.

The “Happy Feet” Kids Track Club encourages boys and girls ages 5-8 to participate in a wide variety of running exercises focusing on fun and fitness.  This program centers on stimulating children at a young age to find out more about physical activities and how they relate to a happy lifestyle.

 “A happy kid is a happy parent,” said Dyanne Sharrar, Office Manager for the Recreation Department.

Boys and girls ages 9-15 are invited to participate in the Recreational Track Club, a non-competitive, fitness building club.  Participants are introduced to sprinting, distance running and field events.

The running events are held on the new track at the Hagerstown Community College ARCC Gymnasium.

Adults 18+ may want to consider Adult Drop-in Volleyball at the Maugansville Community Recreational Facility where players of all abilities and levels are welcome.

“Baby Boomers want to stay in shape,” Sharrar said.  “Now they can continue those New Year’s Resolutions,” she said.

Certified instructor Donna Gamble has designed a “Exercise in Williamsport” STEP class to help participants get fit and have fun doing it.  This class is low impact cardio plus strength training and floor workout.

Karen Humbertson is a certified instructor who designed the “Exercise in Clear Spring” one hour complete body conditioning class with low/medium impact cardio workout.  This balanced program enables the participant to achieve fitness at a progressive level.

In Boonsboro, certified instructor Beth Shifler teaches “Exercise in Boonsboro” at the St. Paul St. Fire Hall, a low impact aerobics class athat adds muscle toning and stretching to complete the experience.

Adults and seniors who struggle with arthritis should consider “Water Exercise for People with Arthritis,” held at The Village at Robinwood pool.  Another aquatics class held at The Village at Robinwood is Water Exercise,” a multi-level class that uses water resistance to increase the range of motion, strengthen muscles and improve cardiovascular fitness.

ZUMBA® is a dance-exercise that fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program that will “blow you away!”  

Instructor Liz Martz leads ZUMBA®-Saturdays at Pangborn Elementary and ZUMBA®-Mondays & Wednesdays at Rockland Woods Elementary.  Liz also leads a ZUMBA®-Tuesdays & Thursdays at Maugansville Elementary.

ZUMBA®-Tuesdays-Thursdays are led by instructor Diana Reyes at the HCC ARCC Fitness Center.

Instructor Charlie Ford leads a Drop-in ZUMBA® Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Williamsport 4-Star Gym.

And remember to register for the March 12 St. Patrick’s Day 5K run at Marty Snook Park in Halfway and girls should register to play in the Washington County Girls Softball League.

Fitness “cheerleader” Dyanne Sharrar says, “Don’t sit down and let yourself rust out.  Wear out!”

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