Fitness Specialist Jason Jefferson instructs a 30 Minute Senior Workout at the Meskwaki Senior Center on Monday and Thursday mornings from 11:20 to 11:50 AM. In the class, Jason leads participants through an array of different appropriate exercises for all fitness levels with the desire of getting our Meskwaki elders moving again. The participants are working on their fitness and having fun along the way.
One participant of the class stated, “It’s really nice to be able to have some place for exercising for the seniors because Jason goes at our pace”. Jason’s goal is to get our elders back to being able to do things they used to do and encourages others to join in on the fun. “Some people may be nervous about starting to exercise again, especially if they haven’t been doing it for a while, but I can adapt each workout to the individual. Some of the class participants have been doing it for a while now, but even if you are new, I hope you’ll come give our class a try,” stated Jefferson.
Participants are noticing how the class is helping them. Preston Duncan commented about having better mobility. He expressed, “I wasn’t able to raise my arm there for a while but after the second workout I was able to raise it.”
Typically, the Senior Workout class averages between 6 to 10 people who all seem eager and determined to exercise. One class goer proudly stated, “I haven’t missed a workout yet!”
The class was originally scheduled to conclude on February 6, 2020 but the seniors took a special interest and expressed they’d like to keep exercising. Judith Bender stated, “My goal is to gain strength so I can stop using my cane.” Jason has since continued the classes for any senior who would like to work out.
“I’ll be adding in a bit of Tai Chi once I’m certified in April,” he stated. Tai Chi, which is known to help with muscle strength, coordination, and flexibility, is great for people of all ages. Because it is low impact, it is especially helpful to the elderly.
For more information about the Senior Workout class or other fitness workout opportunities, contact Jason Jefferson at the Wellness Center. He would be happy to help.