Feb 12, 2024

WINKEL: Stay strong, stay healthy

Posted Feb 12, 2024 9:00 PM
written by: Karissa Winkel - Cottonwood Extension District
written by: Karissa Winkel - Cottonwood Extension District

Our bodies are made for activity, but modern conveniences allow us to be increasingly sedentary. This can place our health at risk for many chronic diseases. Still, regular exercise contributes to longevity, reduces the risk of falling, increases flexibility, promotes restful sleep, and improves mood and mental health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults participate in aerobic activities like walking each week and incorporate strengthening exercises for all major muscle groups at least twice a week.

The good news is that the Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program at the Great Bend Activity Center is a class that can help you achieve enough physical activity and reap the benefits of regular movement!

In a typical Stay Strong, Stay Healthy class, participants will complete a low-impact warm-up, eight upper- and lower-body strengthening exercises, and cool-down stretches. They will also learn about nutrition topics specific to older adults.

The Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program is built on simple exercises that will improve strength, balance, health, and state of mind. Building strength promotes quality of life and independence, especially for adults over 60. The program is designed for simplicity; each participant will start at their own level and be encouraged to progress gradually.

The class will meet for one hour, two times each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning on March 12th. To register, call the Cottonwood Extension office at 620-793-1910 and schedule your orientation session by February 19th. The fee is for the eight-week series is $20.

Karissa Winkel is the Family and Community Wellness Agent with K-State Research and Extension – Cottonwood District. You may reach her at: 620-793-1910 or [email protected]. K-State Research & Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer.