Exercise is good for the body and mind, as well as the general health of a person.
For several years, the Ashe Senior Center has housed an exercise room and some form of aerobics exercise. Now, the numbers are increasing and more people are participating.
“The program is growing by leaps and bounds,” said Janet Manchette, who leads the exercise group with different DVDs she brings in from home.
The classes, which run from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday continue to be a staple at the Senior Center, according to Volunteer Coordinator Glenda Luther.
“(Manchette) is very dedicated and good at what she does for our seniors,” Luther said.
Manchette has been leading the exercise groups for over seven years and each day, the group focuses on different parts of the body. She says the routines are made “strenuous for seniors,” but everybody is able to work at his or her own pace.
“Everybody has to listen to their body and do what they are comfortable with doing,” she said.
Different exercises vary from lifting weights, doing stretches and different forms of aerobics. Manchette leads the group, who ranges in age from 60 to 85 years old.
“Everybody is able to improvise to what they are capable of doing,” Manchette said.
Each Friday, Manchette provides a DVD which talks focuses on arthritis. Also once a month, she will play a DVD which is done by the Arthritis Foundation.
“Those sessions are a bit milder,” Manchette said.
After each session, Manchette then puts in another DVD which allows the seniors that want to stay to participate in a fast walk. Manchette said approximately half of the group stays to participate in the walks, where they walk in place a distance of 1 or 2 miles.
The classes are free to attend and everybody can work out at their own pace.
For more information, or to take part in the classes, contact the Ashe Senior Center at (336) 246-2461.
Wil Petty can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @WilPetty.