Looking to stay fit in 2024? Consider local rec departments, nonprofits

New Year, New Fitness Goals: Bell Township’s Approach to Wellness

As we step into 2024, the resolution to improve fitness is at the forefront for many, echoing a sentiment shared by nearly half of the respondents in a recent Forbes Health/OnePoll survey. In Bell Township and surrounding areas, achieving this goal is made more accessible and enjoyable through a wide array of low-cost or free athletic, fitness, and wellness activities, thanks to the efforts of local recreation departments, community centers, and nonprofit organizations.

Social Sports: Fun, Fitness, and Friendship

A notable highlight in the region’s fitness landscape is the Pittsburgh Sports League, managed by PUMP, a local advocacy nonprofit. Catering to approximately 13,000 individuals annually, the league offers an assortment of sports, ranging from intensive team sports like softball and dodgeball to relaxed activities like bowling and cornhole. With a focus on inclusivity, these activities serve as a perfect blend of physical exercise and social interaction, especially for newcomers to Pittsburgh.

Community Wellness: Hiking, Dancing, and More

At Murrysville Parks and Recreation, outdoor enthusiasts can indulge in Hot Chocolate Hikes, combining nature exploration with a delightful hot chocolate treat. Similarly, the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission (PTARC) provides a broad spectrum of classes, including dance and tumbling for kids, and cardio kickboxing for adults. These programs are designed not just for fitness but also for community engagement and filling local recreational voids.

Youth Activities: Fostering Early Fitness Habits

For younger residents, the Hempfield parks and recreation department offers a variety of programs, including youth karate and ballet. Additionally, the Kings and Queens of the Court basketball camp in New Kensington helps children develop sports skills while promoting physical activity.