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Top 5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

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Photo credit: Headwaters Park

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Written by: Communicator StaffDecember 08, 2016

1. Mall Walking

You do not have to be elderly to mall walk. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends mall walking as a free, safe and easy way to get active.

“I started walking with my friends,” said mall-walker Melinda Strong at Fort Wayne’s Glenbrook Mall. “It was a safe, warm, dry place to walk.”

Some malls even offer official mall walking programs with planned routes and events. While no official program is offered in Fort Wayne, more information can be found in the CDC’s “Mall Walking: A Program Resource Guide” at cdc.gov.

2.  Ice Skating

In Fort Wayne, ice skating is offered year-round at SportONE Parkview Icehouse and the McMillen Indoor Ice Arena.

Outdoor ice skating has also opened for the season at the Headwaters Park Ice Arena located at Clinton and Superior. Admission is $3 for children 13 and under (except on free kids skate Wednesdays) and $5 for adults with a $2 skate rental fee.

The rink’s regular hours are Monday-Thursday 1-8 p.m., Friday 12-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 12-8 p.m. with extended holiday hours Dec. 18 – Jan. 9.

3.  Roller Skating

Roller skating is another wonderful way to stay active in the winter. Both Bell’s Roller Skating Rink and Roller Dome North offer local skating appropriate for all ages.

“I would encourage people to come to Bell’s due to its family atmosphere and skating being a good physical activity,” said the rink’s general manager, Eric Dunlap.

The rink has been in business since 1926 and continues to attract hundreds of skaters every week.

Public skate sessions are held every Friday and Saturday 7-10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. Admission costs $7 and includes skate rental.

4.  Bowling

Bowling offers several health advantages, such as muscle toning, weight loss and stress release and is the largest participation sport in the US. According to The Bowling Foundation, over 25 percent of Americans bowl each year.

There are numerous places to bowl in Fort Wayne, such as Georgetown Bowl, Pro Bowl, Thunderbowl, Westwood Lanes and Crazy Pinz.

Prices vary based on the time of day and range from $2 per game at Pro Bowl to $5.50 at Crazy Pinz, not including shoe rental. Bowling hours and availability vary by location.

5.  Jumping

Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Fort Wayne offers year-round indoor jumping Tuesday through Sunday. Hours are 4-8 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday, 12-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 12-7 p.m. Sunday.

Jump pass prices differ based on time length and group rates. More information can be found at skyzone.com/fortwayne.