|There are many habits and activities that can increase your heart health: eat healthy, keep active, avoid smoking/secondhand smoke, manage stress, and control your cholesterol/blood pressure. These acts will not individually improve heart health, but together they can make a world of different.
As far as exercise goes, how much movement is enough to make a difference? You should aim for at least 2 ½ hours of physical activity each week. While 2 ½ hours may seem a bit daunting, break it down into just starting with 15 minutes each day. The longer you continue this practice, the easier it will seem and the easier it will be to go those extra few minutes you need to reach your goal of 2 ½ hours each week.
There are plenty of activities you can do by yourself, with a friend, or in a group. While you are at home, do some strength exercises in front of the television. Lift a couple weights during the news or use the commercial breaks to do some leg exercises. Ask a friend to join you on a walk a few times each week, for example, a neighbor, grandkid, or co-worker. Take a walk around your building on your lunch break or walk around your block a couple times once that weather starts heating back up. Join one of the Horizon Center’s many exercise programs. Our Geri-fit program works with strength exercise, i.e., maintaining those muscles and helping your balance. Joining Walk with Ease (indoors) will give you a safe, friendly group to walk with during this cold weather. As it gets warmer, Walk with Ease allows you enjoy one of our many parks and trails when the sun is shining.
Whether it’s doing a few strength exercises while you watch television at home or joining our Walk with Ease group three times a week to get those steps in, take that extra time to put in some physical activity and improve your heart health. For more information on American Heart Month or heart healthy suggestions, look to the American Heart Association at heart.org. If you are looking to start any of our heart conscious exercise groups, contact Liz at 317-398-0127.
Line Dancing: Join us on Thursday February 13th & February 27th from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Shelby Senior Services. No cost.
Attention: Punch back against Parkinson’s! Rock Steady Boxing Shelby County is a non-contact exercise program designed for those with Parkinson’s. Each class helps to improve physical and mental health through boxing, exercises, and friendship. Stop by a class to see what it is all about!
If you have Parkinson’s and are interested in becoming a boxer with ROCK STEADY BOXING, please contact Liz Oeffinger at 317-398-0127 for more information. Classes meet every Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.; Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.; as well as Saturday at 9:00 a.m. (call for Saturday availability) at the Briley Family Center located at 643 Fair Avenue, Shelbyville.
Geri-Fit: Classes take place Tuesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. There is no cost for this program, only healthy benefits and rewards! This is a chair exercise, strength training, and muscle building and maintaining class for seniors. This class helps prevent falls and reduces arthritic conditions. Please bring your water bottle and 2 lb. weights. Contact Liz Oeffinger if you are interested in joining the class or have any questions.
T’ai Chi Alumni: Thursdays at 11:00-11:30 a.m. No cost or reservation needed!
Walk with Ease: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 p.m. We will meet at the Parks Department Paul Cross Gym. When weather permits, we will be meeting at Blue River Memorial Park. Contact Liz at Shelby Senior Services to check location or with questions (317)398-0127. Bring a
water bottle and your walking shoes!
T.O.P.S. – Taking Off Pounds Sensibly – Meets Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. Have you thought about joining a weight loss program? Make 2020 your year towards a healthier lifestyle! Membership is $32 for the year and $5 per month. Your first meeting is FREE!!! Come check it out and learn about healthy eating and exercise. This is a great group of people who are tons of fun. This is a chance to meet others who are on their weight loss journey!
Yoga: Chair yoga Mondays at 12:30-1:00 p.m. Cost is $5; regular yoga Mondays at 1:00 p.m. Cost is $5. Class is led by certified instructor Jerrillee Lucas. Classes are helpful for balance, flexibility, and strength. Anyone is welcome to attend!
Bowling: Fridays 12:30 p.m. at Blue River Bowl. Cost is $2 a game and $2.50 for shoe rental. Anyone is welcome!
Chair volleyball Join us on Monday February 10th & February 24th at 10:00 a.m. in the back room for volleyball. This is a free event open to everyone! All you need to bring is yourself and a little bit of competition! Contact Liz with any questions at 317-398-0127.
Interested in joining a Zumba Gold class? We need at least three people per class and scheduling is flexible. Contact Liz Oeffinger at 317-398-0127 and request a class in the near future!