At-home yoga classes will soon be available through the City of Red Deer’s online recreational offerings. (Black press file photo).

At-home yoga classes will soon be available through the City of Red Deer’s online recreational offerings. (Black press file photo).

At-home fitness will be offered by the City of Red Deer while rec centres remain closed

More information is coming on the city’s website

City of Red Deer recreation facilities will remain closed for now — but online virtual programming is being added to keep citizens active.

Although the provincial government announced the easing of some public health restrictions as part of Step 2 of their phased reopening plan Monday, bans remain on public swimming, lane swimming, fitness or aquatic activities (outside of low intensity), sport play and competition.

After reviewing the situation, city officials determined that recreation and culture facilities will remain closed for general public use.

“We know citizens are anxiously awaiting a return to our facilities, and we are also eagerly awaiting that day,” said Barb McKee, the city’s recreation superintendent.

She added, “With access to our facilities limited, we are working on some new, exciting opportunities for Red Deerians to participate in recreation activities.”

At-home fitness programs will be launched in the coming weeks, offering a variety of classes, “with something for everyone” — including cardio, gentle fitness, family-friendly fitness, strength training and yoga.

McKee said the city recognizes the need for on-going recreation to support physical, mental and social wellbeing.

“We are really excited to offer virtual programming to the community,” said McKee.

All ages and abilities will be able to participate, as the classes will be a safe, accessible and affordable way to explore fitness “from the comfort of their own homes.”

As well as these virtual classes, households can still rent specific amenities at a deeply discounted rate.

Available amenities include dry space (field house, gym and indoor soccer spaces), pool (Michener Aquatic Centre dive tank, lane pool and warm pool), and ice at the Collicutt Centre, Servus Arena, Kinsmen Community Arenas and G.H. Dawe Community Centre.

These rentals can be booked through an Activity Reservation on Look n’ Book. All participants must reside in the same household.

Further details will be shared by the city over the next week. Check www.reddeer.ca for updates.

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