Today, our print alter ego in the Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer looks at popular exercises for a demographic that, a new study finds, is particularly challenged to lose weight and stay in shape: women in and about to enter menopause.
The good news: there lots of exercises especially good for women in the 45-and-up range. As the story notes, our experts are particularly high on these four: Zumba, water aerobics/swimming, walking, Pilates. The better news: It’s not hard to find a class for any of them — and in the case of walking, you don’t even need a class, you can just walk out your front door.
The offerings are too numerous and varied to list. Instead, here’s some basic direction to help you find the right class at a convenient time and location.
“We’ve got an insane amount of exercise classes (land and water) between 19 branches,” says Molly Thompson, the Y’s Senior Director for Communications and Public Relations. Thompson said a quick search revealed “well over 100 water fitness classes and more than 60 Active Older Adult group exercise classes offered just this week (Zumba, Chair Aerobics, Yoga, Senior Walking, Balance Training, Stretching, Strength Training, TaiChi and even African Drum and Dance).”
To find a class at one of the Y’s 19 branches, Thompson says to go to the Y Web site and click on “Exercise Class Schedules.” You can narrow the search by time/day preference and class interest (Active Older Adult (seniors), water fitness, yoga, etc.).
It’s a similar process for most of the following selection of fitness facilities that offer the aforementioned courses.
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Get Going Online, click on “View the latest Get Going Guide” under “Resources” then select category (Aquatics, Adult, Senior.)
UNC Meadowmont Wellness Center
Membership health club in Chapel Hill, offers variety of group and aqua exercises, the latter ranging from Gentle Aqua in a therapy pool to Aqua Fitness, a “high-energy vigorous workout.” Find a rundown of current offerings here.
Greensboro Parks & Recreation
Offers programs citywide. From main Web site, Click on “Leisure Magazine: Spring – Summer,” then click on “Page 22-26.”
Winston-Salem Recreation & Parks
Offers programs at 17 recreation centers. To start, go here.
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