HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) — A childhood game is helping women over 40 embrace fitness and fun.
The ladies of The Down South Divas Double Dutch Fitness Club are celebrating a new season of life while jumping down memory lane.
“The sisterhood that we’ve actually built up as women, it’s been great,” Lisa Bogans said.
The group, which meets Tuesday evenings at Washington Terrace Park in High Point, has been together for a year but the idea has been around longer.
“High Point Parks & Recreation’s Double Dutch Fitness program began several years ago when a group of local women over age 40 talked about how much fun it would be to re-create some of the childhood games of their youth, double dutch in particular, as part of a fitness program,” said Marketing Coordinator Paige Mone’. “They initially drew inspiration from the national 40+ Double Dutch Club, but over time this group chose to make their format somewhat different than the original group and other clubs.”
The Down South Divas play other games like hopscotch, hand clap games and jumping rope, and the group is not involved in competitions.
Seasoned jumpers and even women who haven’t jumped before have been embraced by the group which puts an emphasis on wellness.
“We all hold jobs, and we still find the time to come here because it’s important,” Kina Kerr said. “It’s important for your health. A lot of us have changed our numbers just coming here every week sweating. People lost weight. People have lowered their diabetes chances, their blood pressure.”
The Down South Divas Double Dutch Fitness Club meets Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Washington Terrace Park.
Call the City of High Point’s Parks and Recreation office at (336) 883-8599 to join.