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Strength Training

You don't need to be a body builder to get benefits of strength training. While many believe that working with weights will add bulk, this is actually a myth. Toned muscle is lean and sculpted, not bulky. To see significant increase in muscle size, you would likely need to pump iron for several hours a day on a regular basis. 

The truth is, toned muscle has beautiful shape, whereas atrophied muscle is... well, flabby. The triceps are a great example - they tend to be underused, which is why you get that wiggly-jiggly thing going on at the back of the upper arm. Gain definition by doing exercises that specifically target these muscles. 

We tend to lose about half a pound of muscle mass per year after 30, in many cases due to decreased activity. This reduces your metabolic rate at rest, which means you burn fewer calories. By increasing lean muscle mass, you give your metabolism a boost, which is a key to maintaining weight loss - you'll even burn more calories while sleeping. 

It's important to note how your body responds in other areas to strength gains as well. Strong muscles lead to stronger bones, ligaments and tendons, decreasing the risk of injury and providing stability at the joints. Your bones are really quite amazing structures, responding to the load placed on them, or lack thereof. If you're sedentary for any length of time, let's say from an illness, your bones begin to waste away. Weight-bearing exercise causes the body to lay down new bone tissue, which is particularly important in the prevention or delayed onset of osteoporosis as we age. 

Your activities of daily living will also become easier as you strengthen muscle, which just makes sense. Also, when your body is stronger, you feel stronger mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. You walk with more confidence in your stride. Your posture improves due to stronger core musculature. You feel better about yourself. The list goes on!

Cost:  
Drop-in - $12
8-Class Pass: $80 

Want to start a class? If you provide the space, we'll do the rest! 
Rates above apply, minimum of 8 weekly classes, minimum of 5 participants per class. 
Discounts available for larger groups and/or for two or more classes per week for an 8-week series. Can be combined with Walk 15® classes as a series for variety. Contact Nancy to discuss details.
Note: Participants should wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing and fitness/walking shoes. Space requirements - a room that allows approx. 40 square feet per person, no chairs or tables in the room. 

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Wednesday 6:00 p.m. - Evergreen Village Rec Centre 2-Mile Walk 15® Class followed by Strength training with Hand Weights - limited supply on hand 
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