Loads of fun and fitness

Are you a senior who is tired of being tired? Haven't enough pep to swallow your vitamins? Then treat your tired body to a pick-up three times a week with the Rhythm Rockers exercise group.

No, they don't use rocking chairs, just rhythm. They meet on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Carson City Senior Center on Beverly Drive.

It's loads of "fun and fitness" combined in 50 minutes of laughs and musical footwork. The class is co-ed, so bring the hubby along. The format is non-impact; structured to return full range of motion to stiff joints and to strengthen weak muscles.

There are exercise moves for your legs as well as your heart. You will learn to breathe right, when to exhale and how to relieve your stress. This exercise class improves your circulation, balance and coordination. You will learn how to monitor your heart rate and when to slow down. There are a lot of giggles, crazy stories, silly music and laughs.

Emphasis is placed on endurance for a healthy heart and flexibility moves stretch reluctant joints and muscles. Rubber balls are used for resistance and towels for stretching. Some of the students use weights on ankles during leg exercises and hand-held weights during arm strengthening.

Up-to-date wellness information is discussed during the class and questions are welcomed. Keep this class in mind if you want to hold off the aging process. You will find that you will improve your quality of life and have a lot of fun too!

Jerry Vance is certified by the American Council on Exercise and teaches fitness at the Carson City Community Center and for the American Lung Association.


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