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There is an opportunity awaiting those who made a New Year’s resolution to get into shape and get fit.
The Strong Women and Men program is a research-based strength training program for women and men 50 years of age and older. Previously called the StrongWomen and Men Growing Stronger programs, this offering allows for both women and men to strength train in the same class.
Scientific research has demonstrated that exercise with weights(strength training) will increase strength, muscle mass and bone density in middle-aged women and men.
Additionally, strength training improves self-confidence, sleep, vitality and reduces risk for diabetes, heart disease, depression and obesity. Components of the program include:
• 24 classes — 12 weeks, two times a week, 45 minutes per class, taught by a fitness professional
• 12 weekly nutrition, health and wellness-related newsletters.
• Availability of book lending library
• StrongWomen or Men Growing Stronger T-shirt
• All equipment provided
• Pre- and post-physical assessments
The next program runs Feb. 4 through April 25. Two time options will be offered. The final option selected will be based upon registrants’ interest and availability. The first option is from 9:15-10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 4 to April 24.
The second option is from 2:30-3:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 5 to April 25.
An optional orientation to the program will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 9 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center conference room. Class size is limited to 25 and the cost is $60. A mandatory screening will be at 9 a.m. Jan. 25 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
Pre-registration for the series is necessary and the registration deadline is Jan. 23. This program is intended for people who have not previously participated in the Strong Women and Men program. It may be possible to repeat the class if space is available.
Registration packets can be obtained at the Los Alamos Extension Service located in the Community Building, at losalamosextension.nmsu.edu or by calling 662-2656.