Seeland Park Offers FREE Fitness Classes in Recognition of Active Aging Week
Initiated in 2003 by the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA), Active Aging Week is October 1-7 this year. The objective of this annual health-promotion event is to give as many older adults as possible the means to experience wellness activities and exercise in a safe and supportive environment. It also promotes the benefits of healthier and more active lifestyles across the life span.
In recognition of Active Aging Week, Seeland Park will be offering FREE fitness classes to those age 55 or older. Staying Healthy, Active, Positive and Energetic (S.H.A.P.E.) is a wellness program on the Seeland Park campus specifically designed for individuals aged 55+ who wish to increase their flexibility, balance, cardiovascular endurance, strength and coordination. The group exercise classes offer participants a consistent exercise schedule and a safe and effectively designed workout in a fun and social environment.
Various class options will be available each day of the week so attendees can choose which class(es) best meet their fitness level. Classes will be held in the Aerobics Room located in the lower level of the Hammond Center at 907 Orchard Drive on the following days and times: October 1 at 10:15 AM: Line Dancing – a 45-minute high energy class; October 1 at 11:30 AM: Men’s Class – a 30-minute moderate intensity class; October 2 at 9:30 AM: Chair Yoga – a 30-minute seated class for any fitness level; October 2 at 11:15 AM: Shape 2 – a 45-minute moderate intensity class; October 3 at 9:30 AM: Shape 3 – a 30-minute seated low intensity class; October 4 at 8:30 AM: Shape 1 – a 45-minute moderate to high intensity class; and October 7 at 10:15 AM: Better Balance – a 30-minute “no falls approach” to balance.
“This is a great opportunity to try our classes,” says Kayla Faas, Fitness Director for St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park, “and then if you’d like to join us on a monthly basis, classes are open to the public for a $25 monthly fee. Group exercise classes engage participants physically, mentally and socially, which are three components of wellness that are crucial in maintaining independence as individuals age.”
To reserve a spot at any or all of the FREE classes, call Fitness Director Kayla Faas at 641-269-5424. For more information about S.H.A.P.E.