Health Plus: Fitness classes for seniors

Posted: May 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm

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It sounds cliche but it's true, you're never too old to get in shape.

In Health Plus, fitness classes for seniors available now in eastern Iowa.

Mary McGee isn't just talking about getting in better shape, she's doing it.

"I was in the bathtub and I had to turn around on my hands and knees in order to get out of the bathtub, so I needed strength to be able to lift myself out of the bathtub which I have no problems with now at all," she said.

Thanks to classes at Covenant Wellness Center in Waterloo, seniors are staying active.

"As we grow older and we retire our ultimate goal is to enjoy life at that point, even more some. And so we want to have a healthy body and exercise allows us to do that," Manager of Outpatient Rehabilitation Services and WellnessSheri Purdy said.

Classes like Bodywell, yoga and tai chi are helping older eastern Iowans with muscle tone and balance.

"You could be 60-years-old and start an exercise program. It actually reverses your aging process. So though your chronological age increases, your biological age decreases if you start exercising," said Purdy.

Now five years into her fitness routine, the 75-year-old says she's come a long way.

"You just get more strength in your legs, the strength in your arms. It relieves stress. It's just something once you start doing you want to do to keep healthy," said Mary.

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