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Great Escape: Exercise to Relieve Stress

Each week, we'll tell you about one great idea to give you a much deserved break, and make your life a little easier, maybe a whole lot easier.

Exercise is good way to reduce stress as well as help keep your body healthy and toned. There are many choices out there, including using your own equipment, exercising to dvd's, joining a gym, and especially in the nicer weather; jogging, walking, bicycling and swimming.

So here's a DEAL. , 1 General Way, will be offering a savings of $109.90 on a month to month, no contract membership this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The enrollment fee for new members will  be $49 (savings of $50), and you will also get 2 months free (savings of $59.9o).

Reading Athletic Club is a privately owned state-of the-art fitness club. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Administrator Julie McCarthy said RAC caters to the whole family.

The 22,000 square foot facility offers 74 free group fitness classes, a cardio deck, weight room, a separate women's work out area and kids classes. The bathrooms have lockers, showers, a steam room and sauna. Tanning, massage, martial arts classes, array of speciality classes, and kids birthday parties are available at additional fees.

RAC has certified personal trainers who are available for one to one fitness programs, and childcare is also available seven days a week.

Group Fitness classes are held mornings and evenings and include aeorobics, muscle conditioning, cardio kickboxing, cycling, Zumba and Pilates.

Due to the huge popularity of Zumba, McCarthy said the club will being adding classes and opening it up to non members for $8/class.

 "As a single gym facility we can cater to our members. For example if a group of moms wanted their own class during our slower time, 12-4, we could arrange it."she said.

McCarthy explained that they are community oriented and  have done a lot with town of Reading.

The hours are Mon-Thu, 5am-10pm; Fri,5am-8pm; Sat,Sun, 7am-7pm. The phone number is 781-942-0099, and the website is www.readingathleticclub.com.

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