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Shape up!

New year, new fitness classes

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January 11th, 2017
Team Red Hot readies for a scavenger hunt

Team Red Hot readies for a scavenger hunt, (from left) Lorie Stapp, Georgia Erickson, Elaine Alexander, Jean Janecek, and Winnie Hanner.

Once again, it’s time to make those New Year’s resolutions, and the desire to lose weight and get in shape tops most lists. The fitness team at Tallgrass Creek has made it even easier to achieve those goals by adding several new classes to the group fitness schedule. 

“So many of our residents are proponents of wellness and good health,” says Camin Bell, fitness coordinator. “We wanted to provide even more opportunities to encourage and maintain that healthy lifestyle.”

With the new additions, the weekly exercise schedule now includes 27 aqua and land classes. The aquatics classes meet in the community’s large, temperature-controlled, indoor pool. Land-based classes take place in the community’s clubhouse classroom. Schedules and sign-up information for both are posted in the fitness center. 

Something for everyone

The new land-based classes include sessions promoting basic fitness, better balance, aerobic walking, and a class called Neurobics.

“Neurobics is a class designed to exercise the brain,” explains Fitness Coordinator Cydney Cunningham. “We’ll play board and card games, work puzzles, and perform other activities that work the brain in different ways.” 

Other classes in the land lineup are Men’s Only Strength Training (M.O.S.T), Stretch and Strengthen, Sit and Get Fit, Gentle Yoga, and Dance Fusion. Bell and Cunningham teach a variety of these classes several times a week.

Aqua fitness at Tallgrass Creek also has a new class on the schedule called Slightly Synchronized Swimming that focuses on strength, endurance, and coordination. Cunningham, a certified lifeguard, teaches this as well as Aquasize and Aquamotion several times a week.

“Water acts as a cushion to the body’s weight-bearing joints, such as muscles, ligaments, and tendons,” says Cunningham. “So water exercise lets us increase range of motion, flexibility, and stamina in gentle, low-impact ways.”

Throughout the year, Bell and Cunningham also host scavenger hunts that promote both mental and physical fitness, pool and lawn competitions and parties, walking challenges, wellness seminars, and a program currently in progress called “Maintain, Don’t Gain.” The program (for both residents and staff) started just before Thanksgiving and ends January 9. 

“Participants weigh themselves each Monday morning and report their weight,” says Cunningham. “The goal is to self-monitor your weight throughout the holidays and stay within 3% of that first weigh-in. We’re planning a fun reward for those who do.”