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Getting Old Isn't for Sissies!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 • Posted May 16, 2013

Let me guess, you are starting to think twice about how far you have to walk when you look for a parking spot. Maybe you ask the checker at the grocery store to put fewer things in a bag so you can carry it to the car. And do you worry more about tripping because your balance isn't what it used to be? If you are between the ages of 65 and 80 and don't have a regular exercise program to maintain your strength, physical endurance, balance and flexibility, this is probably you.

As we age our bodies struggle to perform the simple activities we used to do without a second thought. The good news is you can slow down that aging process and stay active for longer than you might think with just a little effort.

Gem of the Hills will offer a six-week "Boomercise" fitness program for men and women ages 65-80. If you are otherwise healthy, but just need to get back some of your strength and stamina and regain some balance, this class is for you. It will start Thursday, May 23, and run through June 27, at 4:00 PM. You must be a member of Gem of the Hills ($10 per year) to participate. Classes are $6.00. Please visit with your doctor prior to enrolling. We will start slowly and students will be taught ways to modify exercises based upon their own abilities.

Stick with it, and in six weeks you will feel the difference. A minimum number of participants is needed for the class to "make" so recruit your friends and call Connie Barron, RN, CPT at 512-750-6362 with any questions. Remember, in the words of Bette Davis, "getting old isn't for sissies." See you at the Gem!

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