Pam Edwards recently spent a few days on a work trip to Chicago. While she got her exercise in, it just wasn’t the same as her routine at the Duke Health & Fitness Center.
“I missed my friends,” said Edwards, assistant vice president for nursing education, practice & research at the Duke University Health System.
Edwards has been a member of the Fitness Center on the Duke Center for Living campus off Erwin Road for the past five years. At least three times a week, she squeezes time in her work day for 30-minute workouts on the Center’s treadmills.
Not only is it a chance for her to clear her head and get some steps in, it’s also an opportunity to connect with the network of friends she’s made among the Center’s staff and fellow members.
“It’s like a whole separate community over there,” Edwards said. “There’s a lot of camaraderie. People want to see you succeed with your exercise goals.”
For the entire month of January, Duke employees can join the Duke Health & Fitness Center without paying the $100 initiation fee. Any family members who join pay a discounted $50 initiation fee. Family members must be 16 years old.
To take advantage of the deal, complete an application.
The center offers group fitness classes, cardio and strength equipment, an indoor track and a salt water pool. It also provides customized services such as personal training, nutrition counseling and therapeutic massage.
“It’s for anyone who wants to improve their health and well being,” said Membership Coordinator, Debbie Carter. “We’ve had people come here because they want to run their first 5K and they want some help with that. We also have people that have been newly diagnosed with an illness and they want to get some assistance coming up with an exercise routine; and we have people who have never exercised before in their life and now it’s part of their daily routine. This place is for everybody at any fitness level.”
For membership rates and types, see here.
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