Spring Hill RECenter
1239 Spring Hill Road
Spring Hill Recreation Center is a 44, 062 square foot facility that houses:
The center is accessible according to ADA guidelines with curb ramps, automatic doors, ample parking, an elevator, and a wheelchair, accessible unisex bathroom and dressing stalls.
The grounds surrounding Spring Hill RECenter include:
Exercise Makes Golden Years Glorious
If there is a fountain of youth, Warren and Thora Halstead know the way there. The U.S. Army Air Corps/U.S. Air Force veteran and his retired NASA scientist wife look decades younger than their years, and they say the key to their longevity is simple: exercise, socializing and eating right – a daily regimen to which they have dedicated themselves since retirement.
“We’re here every day during the week at 5:30 a.m.,” Thora Halstead said during an interview at Spring Hill RECenter. “We exercise for 30 minutes in the weight room and then we swim for 30 minutes in the pool. On weekends, we come at 9:00 a.m. when the pool opens, and we just swim.”
The dynamic duo trains with the weight machines more adeptly than some people half their age. “We do most of them,” Warren said with the determined voice of a military leader who flew combat in WWII and Korea and served stateside during Vietnam. “We do almost all 16 of them.”
“It’s good for your bones,” Thora said as she worked out on a machine that challenges back muscles. “I’ve had a bone density test, and it shows that my back is in good shape.”
“I used to have back trouble years ago,” Warren said. “Don’t have it anymore.”
These days in the pool, he does underwater back flips with the agility of a teenager.
“He’s my husband’s role model,” said Anne Chen, a 65-year-old retiree who is young enough to be Warren’s daughter. “He is always happy, singing, enjoys life and exercises every day, at his age!”
Still wondering how old the Halsteads are? Here’s a hint: When she was born, Herbert Hoover was President, and when he was born, another Warren (Harding) was Commanderin- Chief.
Friends and admirers who exercise alongside the Halsteads at Spring Hill RECenter marvel at their ability – especially given their age. The comments read like a rave movie review, “Inspiring!” “Amazing!” “Superstar!”
In fact, there’s practically nothing the couple can’t do. At age 91, Warren is still a licensed pilot and teaches flying at the airport in Manassas. If the fuel weren’t so expensive, he says he’d still be piloting a plane to Florida where he and Thora have a winter home. They drive instead.
At age 83, she enjoys ceramics classes at a nearby senior center and loves to entertain the many friends she and Warren have made through Spring Hill RECenter.
“She’s an excellent cook,” Chen said. “She cooks gourmet food.”
To the Halsteads, age seems to be just a number, and happiness is having something to look forward to. The couple, married since 1955, maintains a close relationship with their daughter, a retired Army colonel (like her dad), and their three college-age grandchildren. And Warren is already making plans for
his 100th birthday. “I’m going to fly my airplane, ride my motorcycle and go swimming,” he said.
Directions: Spring Hill RECenter may be reached by taking Beltway Exit 47A which is Route 7 west. Turn right on Lewinsville Road and follow to the park entrance on the left.
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For further information call Spring Hill RECenter at 703-827-0989. People with hearing disabilities may call 703-847-4649, voice/TTY, for information on programs.