By Talina Hendrickson, Fitness Coordinator
My goal is to help our residents lead happier, healthy lives. There are several classes offered at the Fitness Center designed to challenge your muscles.The leg press machine located in the Fitness Center, is a great place to start for beginners and those wanting to start a fitness program. Fitness orientations are important to familiarize newcomers to the gym and learn exercises to work dormant muscles and joints.
Memorial Day Senior Fitness Class
So often we worry about memory in our minds and neglect memory in our muscles. It has been proven that exercise not only keeps the mind sharp, it strengthens the body at the same time. While we are creating muscle memory in our minds, we are also creating muscle memory in our bodies. Muscle memory is developed while regularly attending exercise classes and performing exercise repetitions. Consistent attendance allows muscle groups to adopt to the fitness program and leaves our residents feeling strong in mind, body and in spirit. The exercise repetitions remind the body, joints and muscles of their primary functions. The key words here are repetition and staying consistent. If you miss a workout, the body knows. Just like meetings you plan to attend, taking a fitness class or coming to the Fitness Center is an important commitment. Your health is very important; don’t break that appointment for exercise. Commit to three to four times a week for 30-60 minutes.
Attending our twice-a-week, 30-minute group classes is great for your mind and body relaxation. These classes focus solely on basic balance and stretch moves used in physical therapy and are better than your average afternoon nap! Balance and Stretch classes on Mondays and Thursdays at 2 P.M. are great to participate in, and they are almost full.
Are you keeping track of your walking steps, miles and biking, too? A new competition session will begin on Monday, July 1. During the summer months, you can access the treadmills and bikes in the Fitness Center in order to stay cool while you exercise. Remember to track your miles and turn them in to the Fitness Center every month. All participants can earn a prize.