Seven students sit in a circle in the middle of a gym, and watch as an in structor leads them through a series of exercises.
“Abs in. Keep breathing.”
It may sound like a normal fitness class, but the students are probably a little older than you'd expect. The class is called Healthy Steps for Older Adults, or chair exercise, and is a fa vorite of seniors at the Delta Senior Center.
The moves may seem simple, but the impact is palpable, said instructor Patricia Baker.
“We use weights and exercise bands to help with their strength, es pecially in their upper arms, to help them lift things,” she said.
During the class, partipicants sit or hold onto chairs to help with their balance.
The class is designed to help se niors who may not be active enough for other activities stay in shape.
“It's for seniors who are older and can't do the dance classes or other classes,” Baker said.
The movements have helped some of Baker's students improve their abil ity to do everyday tasks, such as lifting groceries. The class also emphasizes breathing and posture to help im prove stability and lung capacity.
Bertha Greek of Delta said she has participated in the class for about a year. When she began, she had a breathing issue, but said she has seen an improvement in her lung capacity and strength.
“I'm limited in my physical activity because I lose air,” she said.
The Delta Senior Center and other senior organizations across the county are turning to a variety of activities to help seniors stay fit.
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Windy Hill Senior Center is offer ing more diverse programming in an attempt to appeal to older adults, said Assistant Director Trina Cramer.
The center plans to offer a kayak ing class over the summer, she said.
The center is also finding success with a weekly yoga class. Between 10 and 12 people usually attend the class, Cramer said.
“We just started the yoga class about two months ago and the partici pants really enjoy it,” she said. “They say it's relaxing and they're starting to see they're more flexible.”
She said older adults coming to the center are sometimes leery of new classes because they think they might be overwhelmed. But the classes are geared toward older adults, she said.* * *
Kim Maglaughlin has been the di rector of the Delta Senior Center for 28 years, and she said seniors at
the center are more interested in fit-
ness now than ever before at the
“I think the younger generation wants to be moving all the time. Moving and shaking,” she said.
The Delta Senior Center also offers more competitive activities,
such as volleyball, shuffleboard and
“Minute to Win It” games modeled after the popular television show.
More traditional aerobics and Zumba classes are also available, and a back hall at the center is always open for walking, she said.
“This is the most fitness we've ever done,” Maglaughlin said.
York County Senior Games
LOOKING FOR FITNESS with a more competitive edge? The York County Senior Games take place June 17 to 22.
The games offer 47 different events promoting fitness and healthy lifesyles. Activi ties include basketball, darts, shuffleboard, Wii bowling and more. There are both scheduled and drop-in events.
Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded within each age group.
The event is for York County men and women 50 and older. Registration costs $15 and covers an unlimited number of events.
The opening ceremony will be 8:30 a.m. June 17 at Central York High School's soccer stadium. The closing celebration will be 3:30 p.m. June 22 in the cafeteria.
New this year is the Information and Wellness Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17 in the Central York High School cafeteria. The fair is open to the public and will feature health screening, door prizes and health information.
This is the 12th year the event has been organized. Events take place at seven sites throughout the county. A shuttle service will be available this year at Central York High School during events on June 17, 20, 21 and 22.
For a full schedule of events and programs, call York County Area Agency on Aging at 717-771-9001; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.ycaaa.org.
How to exercise safely
· Get moving to warm up before you begin exercise and cool down af terward. Light activity, like walking, is a good way to prepare to exercise or wind down from physical activity.
· Hydrate before and during physi cal activity that makes you sweat.
· Don't expect results too quickly. Start with less strenuous exercises to gradually build endurance.
· Wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather conditions. Layers are a good way to adjust to changing con ditions as you exercise.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Intro to kayakingWINDY HILL SENIOR CENTER, 50 N. East St., Suite 2, Spring Grove, will spon sor a basic introduction to kayaking.
The two-session class will include a one-hour classroom session at Windy Hill at 10 a.m. July 25, and a second session with hands-on experience with user- friendly sit-on-top kayaks on the river at Shanks Mare at Long Level from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 8.
Transportation will not be included; carpooling may be arranged. Cost is $41 for both sessions (includes bag lunch Aug. 8).
For details or to register, call Tammy Miller at Windy Hill at 717-225-0733.
Free fitness classes with the Daily RecordNO SWEAT, YORK and the York Daily Record will offer free fitness classes this summer.
The series began with free Zumba classes in May. In June, check out Gruver Fitness Outdoor Boot Camp.
The camp, run by Jeremy Gruver of Dover, will begin at 6 p.m. every Tues day in June outside of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, 1891 Loucks Road, West Manchester Township.
Gruver said the class includes drills, jumping jacks, push-ups, planks and burpees. Modifications are provided for people who have back or knee prob lems.
For more information about the class, call 717-771-2101 or email lza email@example.com.
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