Coon Rapids seniors learn about fitness, exercise and nutrition

Posted: June 6, 2012 at 9:23 pm


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Senior citizens at the Coon Rapids Senior Center celebrated National Senior Health and Fitness Day May 30 with special activities and guests, including Kelly Lindell, host of the cable TV show Active Aging.

The National Senior Health and Fitness Day at Coon Rapids Senior Center began and ended with exercises, first led by Kelly Lindell and then by Greg Springman of Live 2 B Healthy. Photo by Bethany Kemming

The event centered around five aspects of fitness: mental, spiritual, physical, nutritional and social.

Physical fitness book-ended the event, as Lindell led beginning exercises and Greg Springman of Live 2 B Healthy Senior Fitness led the exercises at the end.

I like to think of physical fitness as the book-ends which hold up your health. If youre physically unfit its hard to do other things, Lindell said.

Lindell has worked for more than 20 years in the fitness industry with NordicTrack, Medtronic and Lifetime Fitness. Her TV show Active Aging is geared towards helping seniors stay healthy and strong. The show started airing a year and a half ago.

Lindell is also owner and president of Comfort Keepers In-Home Care Northwestern Twin Cities office.

According to Lindell, muscle mass can quickly decrease in later years, a rate of six pounds of muscle per decade, but fitness can prevent that loss and increase muscle mass.

A loss in muscle mass can lead to more arthritis pain, a lower metabolism and other health problems, Lindell said.

And aging can really just be a loss of use as adults become more sedentary, she said.

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