Friday, January 8, 2016

Silver Sneakers - Saturday Snapshots

Five or six months ago, I decided it was time to start a regular exercise program again. For years I'd participated in Jazzercise, Aquasize, and/or Step Aerobics, but since moving to the Pacific Northwest, my only exercise has been walking. With so much time spent at the computer, I knew I'd better start moving while I still could.

So, after doing a little research, I found a Silver Sneakers class at my local senior center. It seemed like the perfect starting place for someone who hadn't been to a gym in ten years. I was right. It's great! The class consists of a variety of people with varying degrees of fitness. Everyone works at his or her own pace, using equipment provided by the facility. I always work up a sweat.

Here are the instruments of torture we use.

We refer to this chart to assess how hard we're working.

I've increased the weights I use in the workout from two pounds to three pounds, which isn't a lot but it's an improvement. Speaking of pounds, I haven't lost any weight, but I do have more upper body strength and stamina. I've also met a lot of nice people. The classes are actually fun.

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  1. Yes, we have a Silver Sneakers class at the Y, but I haven't tried it yet. I always forget that I am, indeed, a Silver Sneaker-aged girl. I go for yoga and, when the weather is warmer, swimming.

  2. Hi,
    Sounds like a fun way to get up
    and going. Have a great day!

  3. Good for you. I think I need to do something like that, it is just the matter of finding the right class.

  4. Such a colorful display of exercise tools! I like how strength-training makes me feel. I can't say that I've ever noticed an effect on weight loss. For me to notice a change in the scale the threshold seems to be about an hour of cardio a day. And, I don't do that much! So, my motivation for exercise is to improve my mood, sleep, and ability to do things in my world without injury.

  5. You have motivated me to get moving! I have been suffering from stiffness and pain, more so now that it is winter. I've been thinking of a water aerobics class at our county recreation center. Guess I had better get going and sign up!

  6. I like the bright colors of the "tools." It doe make me want to go over and pick up one of them.

  7. I know a number of people who LOVE their silver sneakers classes! I'm not old enough yet..but I've always wondered if I could sneak in!

  8. Oh, this sounds like a lot more fun than a regular gym. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy!

  9. Love the name Silver Sneakers! Although not a gym rat, I have been working out since the 80's, so I am glad that you are liking the program. For me, I think it has a great deal to do with my mental health, as well as physically staying fit. Soldier on!


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