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Web-extra (December 1, 2016): Fun and fitness for adults 50+; at the Hintonburg Community Centre.

Web-extra (December 1, 2016): Fun and fitness for adults 50+;
At the Hintonburg Community Centre.

By Carol Paschal.

Want to get a head-start on those New Year’s resolutions? The Hintonburg Community Centre offers several options to help you with your fitness goals. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the HCC has low impact fitness classes that provide a cardiovascular workout that is easy on your joints and offers intensity level options. Each class starts with a warm-up and 30 minutes of cardio, with the remaining time spent working various parts of the body on a rotating basis. Light weights are incorporated and other times we use props such as balls, rubber bands or chairs. During Friday’s strength training class, the class uses similar types of props, as well as a variety of strengthening techniques designed to help prevent injuries. All three of the classes end with a “cool down” and stretching exercises.

We have the good fortune of having two different certified instructors who each have their own style and choreographed routines with lively music (Krista and Hiromi). The class is personalized and approachable. Both instructors provide tips on how to accommodate our individual needs, such as a sore knee or shoulder, and they both have specialized certification for teaching older adults.

Right now the youngest participants are in their 50’s and the oldest recently celebrated her 93rd birthday. (She still rakes all the leaves in her yard too!). But don’t let our ages fool you. The workouts are both challenging and rewarding and some of the older participants have been known to outshine the younger ones. Rest assured, all of us manage to work up a sweat and get our heart rates going.

One of the things that make the classes special is the sense of community. The friendly and supportive atmosphere makes new people feel welcome and keeps them coming back. Like me, many of the participants have attended for 10 years or more. (In my case, it’s 25 years. Yikes!). However, we’re always on the lookout for new fitness buddies and encourage you to attend! And, unlike large private fitness clubs, your spot in the class is reserved and you’ll never be turned away due to lack of space.

All classes are from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and you can sign up for one, two or three classes per week. For more information, contact the Hintonburg Community Centre at 613-798-8874 or drop in for a free class to see what it’s all about (1064 Wellington St. West, near Fairmont). You can easily walk, bike or bus to the Centre (and if you need to drive, there is free on-site parking). Come join the fun!

The course starts December 5 and will be pro-rated for late starters.

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