Mecosta County COA offers opportunities to stay active

People are stepping to the beat at the 8:30 a.m. Enhance Fitness class. This class is to help people 58 or older continue to live a healthy lifestyle. (Pioneer photo/Alicia Jaimes)

MECOSTA — The Mecosta County Commission on Aging (COA) is advocating for a healthy lifestyle by providing opportunities for people to stay active.

“We’ve had so much of a response for Enhance Fitness, that now we have two segments,” COA Nutrition/Health Director Shawn Sredersas said.

Sredersas is one of three coordinators who instructs the fitness class.

“Fitness is important for everyone,” she said. “The design of the class is to improve well being, create strength, achieve flexibility and to access peace.”

With this hour-long class, people will have the opportunity to work their entire body, starting with a warm-up, 15 minute upper body, 15 minute lower body and a cool down which includes breathing and balancing.

Sredersas said many seniors take this course so they can remain independent and injury-free.

“The class includes a lot of functional fitness motion,” she said.

Some functional fitness includes workouts like squats and other moves geared toward zoning in on muscles people use every day.

By doing squats in their workouts, participants are strengthening their leg and back muscles. Sredersas said this will help them when sitting or standing.

“The feedback we receive from the participants is positive,” she said. “And they have a good time.”

Enhance Fitness is done to music, so residents can mix their workout with a little bit of dancing.

There is no jumping or jarring of the joints in this class.

“Anyone can check it out,” Sredersas said.

This class is recommended for anyone 58 or older who spends much of their time sedentary, or if they have constraints of some kind.

Classes are offered at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday, at the Mecosta County Commission on Aging.

A suggested donation of $2 per class or $20 per month is asked for those in attendance.

Because Sredersas doesn’t want cost to hinder someone from coming, however, she asks participants to give what they can afford.

For more information on Enhance Fitness, call (231) 972-2884.

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