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Adults can stay active by getting involved with area groups

Trying to stay fit and active can become increasingly challenging as we get older. When I was young, running around with my friends, playing soccer and softball and being on the swim team in the summer kept me in shape.

Now, as a working adult, I get my exercise from hiking, biking or going to the gym. During a recent camping trip, my family and I got together for a game of volleyball. We can be pretty competitive, so after about 30 minutes of hardcore playing, I was wiped out. It wasn't until after the game was finished that I realized how much of a workout I had gotten. I was having so much fun playing, I didn't even feel fatigued.

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Besides playing soccer or baseball in the backyard with my son, I haven't played an organized sport since high school. I decided to find out more about sporting clubs and leagues for adults in our area. After some research, I was surprised at how many different sports and clubs there are for adults locally.

Volleyball is a great sport for adults because it can be played year round, as well as in the evenings after work for indoor leagues. It is also a great way to get a cardio workout, as well as a toning workout for your arms, calves and thighs. The Reisterstown Power Volleyball League, an adult, co-ed league, meets Monday nights at Franklin Middle School, in Reisterstown. It is held in the fall from September to November and in the spring from April to June. Pick-up volleyball is available during the winter, too. The matches are held in the evenings. For more information on the league you can contact Bruce Gerlach at bruce.gerlach@ngc.com.

Owings Mills also has a similar group: the O.M. Adult Co-ed Volleyball Club. The club has drop-in pickup games Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:45 to 11 p.m. at the Owings Mills High School gymnasium. The program is through the Owings Mills Recreation and Parks Council and runs year round. More information can be found at http://www.meetup.com/volleyball-124/.

Another sport I used to play as a child was tennis. There are tennis courts open to the public at many of the local public schools such as Franklin Middle, which has three courts, and Owings Mills High, which has four courts. In the summertime, it might be easy to find an open court, but during the school year they might be utilized by the students. Finding a tennis partner at your level and with the same schedule as you can often be difficult. Joining a local tennis meet-up group or league might be a good way to find people to play with. There are many private clubs in the area to join, but if you are looking for something more recreational and inexpensive, the Baltimore/Carroll Tennis Meetup Group might be a good option. The group facilitates recreational tennis for all ages and levels. They have meet-up activities and matches and most of the time you do not need a partner. On July 31, there is a ladies' doubles meet up at Baltimore Fitness & Tennis on Reisterstown Road and on Aug. 1, there is a men's doubles meet-up at Baltimore Fitness & Tennis. This can be a great way to stay active and meet people in the area. Visit http://www.meetup.com/The-Baltimore-Carroll-Tennis-Meetup-Group/ for more information.

If you are a baseball or softball lover, there are many area leagues to join at various age groups and levels. For those male seniors age 60 and older and women 50 and older, the Reisterstown Senior Softball Team might be a great way for you to be a part of a team and get fit at the same time. Home games for the team are played at Hannah More Park in Reisterstown. Games and practices are held Mondays and Wednesdays. If you would like more information on the team, you can contact Larry Gellar at lgellar@gmail.com.

These are only a few of the team sports that are played around the area. I am hoping to take some time out of my schedule to join a local team, get some exercise and meet other area residents.

Kelly Scible is a Reisterstown resident and can be reached via email at

kellyscible@gmail.com.

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