StrongWomen Health Train­ing Pro­gram

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - COMMUNITY -

TOR­RING­TON — A new se­ries of StrongWomen Strength Train­ing classes, spon­sored by Char­lotte Hunger­ford Hospi­tal, is now form­ing. StrongWomen is a spe­cial­ized na­tion­ally rec­og­nized pro­gram de­vel­oped specif­i­cally for women by Miriam Nel­son, PhD, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at the Ger­ald J. and Dorothy R. Fried­man School of Nutri­tion Science and Pol­icy at Tufts Uni­ver­sity.

The classes are de­signed for midlife-aged women and older who have been ac­tive to rel­a­tively seden­tary for the past few years and are in­ter­ested in im­prov­ing their health and vi­tal­ity. The pro­gram in­cludes re­search-based, low-key ex­er­cises us­ing sim­ple equip­ment and per­sonal, mo­ti­va­tional sup­port in a nur­tur­ing group en­vi­ron­ment.

Classes are taught by cer­ti­fied in­struc­tor Veron­ica Klee­man and meet two times a week on Mon­days and Wed­nes­days from 10:3011:45 a.m. for a to­tal of 14 to­tal times in seven con­sec­u­tive weeks. Each Class in­cludes a 5 minute warm up, 8 to 12 strength train­ing ex­er­cises to pro­mote proper body aware­ness, po­si­tion­ing, flex­i­bil­ity and pos­ture, and 5 minute cool down.

The pro­gram aims to help women strengthen mus­cles, in­crease bone den­sity, re­gain bone and mus­cle and lose fat, and re­duce the risk for arthri­tis, os­teo­poro­sis and re­lated frac­tures. Strength train­ing also of­fers men­tal and emo­tional ben­e­fits in­clud­ing a re­duced risk of de­pres­sion, im­proved self-con­fi­dence, bet­ter sleep and vi­tal­ity and im­proved bal­ance.

Classes are held at the Litch­field Fire Depart­ment, 258 West Street, Litch­field. The fee for en­tire class of 14 ses­sions over 7 weeks in to­tal is $85. Par­tic­i­pants can join a class se­ries at any time for a pro-rated price.

For in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter for up­com­ing classes, please con­tact Veron­ica Klee­man at 860-5674384.

“I am so pleased to of­fer this pro­gram in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Char­lotte Hunger­ford Hospi­tal and look for­ward to as­sist­ing women in our com­mu­nity main­tain a strong and healthy life­style. Par­tic­i­pants in our classes not only feel bet­ter about them­selves but de­velop a ca­ma­raderie that is re­ally en­joy­able.” said Cer­ti­fied In­struc­tor Veron­ica Klee­man.

Re­search con­ducted by Dr. Miriam Nel­son and her col­leagues at the Tufts Uni­ver­sity Nutri­tion Re­search Cen­ter on Ag­ing has shown that women from age 35 on can start to lose one-quar­ter to one-third pound of mus­cle each year – and gain that much or more in fat. At first the change isn’t very no­tice­able, but over time the loss of 2 per­cent of strength per year re­sults in mus­cle weak­ness and dif­fi­culty in mov­ing. When this hap­pens, women slow their ac­tiv­i­ties, be­come weaker, gain more weight and be­gin a dev­as­tat­ing cy­cle of di­et­ing and weight gain re­bound, which leads to more mus­cle mass loss and a seden­tary and de­pen­dent life­style.

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