Seniors have choice for fitness programs
By TONY NIVENS/Community columnist
I think seniors, especially, need fitness,” said Barbra Boaz, who, along with her husband Tom, is the contact people for senior fitness programs in Chelsea. “It helps you to get out, to stay young and be healthier. It helps you live longer.”
Keri McIntire, Greystone YMCA Group Exercise Instructor, personal trainer, and Chelsea resident, agreed. “There are some diseases we can prevent with exercise. Our seniors need a program like this,” she said.
The City of Chelsea sponsors two fitness programs for its senior citizens. On Wednesday and Friday mornings, fitness equipment is available in the basement of city hall for senior women.
Also, a senior fitness class, sponsored through the Greystone YMCA, meets at the Chelsea Senior Center every Monday at 9 a.m. Men and women are encouraged to attend this 45-minute class.
“We do have a few men who attend,” Boaz said.
I was surprised to see so many people as I stepped into the senior center – 23 on my first day.
“Now, let’s do the other side,” called McIntire, as she led the group in low impact cardio moves. “We have to keep a balance.”
“We focus on ‘functional movements found in daily activities’ and use light resistance to improve everyday life and motion,” McIntire explained.
“It makes you want to do more once you get home, too,” student Jan Jones said.
“It is low impact aerobics, and it is geared especially for seniors,” Boaz said, “And, those who attend seem to just love it.”
Smiles and encouragement all around witnessed to that enjoyment.
Many students praised McIntire as a wonderful instructor.
“It’s encouraging,” McIntire said. “We really worked hard to get this program going. As long as we keep our attendance up we can keep the class going.”
So-far-so-good, as the class has continued to grow almost weekly.
“They are here every week, rain or shine,” McIntire said. “They inspire me.”
For more information, call Barbra or Tom Boaz at (205) 678-6460 or Kerri McIntire at (205) 354-3524.