Se­niors En­joy New Ex­er­cise

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

LIN­COLN — Lin­coln Se­nior Cen­ter has a new ex­er­cise pro­gram that uses large ex­er­cise balls, drum sticks and col­or­ful scarves.

Lynette El­lis teaches the new class called Drums Alive and its goal is to help se­nior adults main­tain range of mo­tion by us­ing many dif­fer­ent move­ments.

“As long as you are mov­ing, it’s im­por­tant for se­nior adults,” El­lis said.

The class is held from 9:30-10 a.m. Tues­days. Par­tic­i­pants use large, gray rub­ber balls as drums and also use the balls as ex­er­cise equip­ment.

El­lis starts each class with warm-up ex­er­cises for the shoul­ders and neck. Next, se­niors grab a pair of sticks to beat their “drum” to a steady beat while mov­ing their arms in dif­fer­ent ways.

Other ex­er­cises in­clude ty­ing scarves to the drum­sticks and us­ing shakers. To strengthen their arms and shoul­ders, par­tic­i­pants hold the ball with both hands, lift it above their heads, then bring it back down.

Shirley Rine­hart had just started com­ing to the class and she said she can tell it is help­ing her.

“It’s a very good work­out,” Rine­hart said.

Wilma Davis said she has felt bet­ter by tak­ing the class.

“It’s a lot more than you think,” Davis said.

Cen­ter Di­rec­tor Joanna Stricker and El­lis both took the train­ing to be­come cer­ti­fied in­struc­tors.

“It brought some­thing dif­fer­ent for the cen­ter,” Stick­ler said. “It’s giv­ing them some­thing to look for­ward to.”

Sticker said she be­lieves the se­niors are en­joy­ing the class and she’s been ex­cited that sev­eral men have signed up for it.

“It’s a won­der­ful way to ex­er­cise,” Stricker said.

Her goal is to of­fer it to the com­mu­nity if there is enough in­ter­est.

LYNN KUT­TER EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Lin­coln Se­nior Cen­ter has a new ex­er­cise pro­gram that uses large ex­er­cise balls, drum sticks and col­or­ful scarves.

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