January 4, 2016 7:36 pm
Updated: January 5, 2016 8:31 am

Saskatoon seniors take on lunar workout plan

Janet Barnes and other members of the Saskatoon Council on Aging are encouraging seniors to do various exercises in hopes of covering a distance equal to a trip between the Earth and moon.

Dayne Winter / Global News

SASKATOON – About 2,000 people are working towards their goal of travelling the equivalent distance of a trip between the Earth and the moon. The third annual Seniors Globe Walk took off Monday afternoon at the Saskatoon Field House.

Until April 30, participants will walk, bike, swim and do other forms of physical activity. Each half-hour of exercise counts as one mile toward the goal.

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The effort is in response to what the Saskatoon Council on Aging has called a need for more physical and social activity among older people.

“It’s important for the team participation because it helps people be motivated, which is one of the primary goals of this initiative, to be more physically active. And it’s fun,” said Janet Barnes, co-president of the Saskatoon Council on Aging board.

On average, the moon is more than 238,800 miles or 384,400 kilometres from Earth.

Registration is free and open for people 50 and older until the end of April.

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