|Exercises focus on balance and strength|
|Written by Chris Lee|
The workouts don’t cause one to sweat much but they are very helpful for those working on physical therapy. In fact, many people receiving physical therapy at Melissa Memorial Hospital (MMH) have been encouraged to attend the balance and strength class to continue their therapy.
The Balance and Strength For Life class, held at SunSet View, is geared toward the elderly population but is open to anyone interested, according to instructor Erica Brady. She noted chiropractors also send their patients to the class.
Every Tuesday and Friday morning at 11 a.m., Brady walks the group through a 40-minute workout that focuses on the upper body and lower body. Two sets of exercises concentrating on upper body lifts, lower body lifts and standing exercises are conducted. Stretching is done before and after the session and weights are provided.
Balance and Strength For Life is an exercise class held every Tuesday and Friday at SunSet View Community
The free class began roughly eight years ago as a fall prevention program. It is run as part of the trauma program at MMH and Brady has instructed it for the last six years.
“It’s nice to continue to get your strength back this way and develop more of your balance,” Brady said. “It is very beneficial for people to not only build their strength to help protect their bones, but to really develop balance skills again.”
Brady said the program is modified to whatever the participant’s physical abilities are.
Last Friday, seven people participated, but Brady said as many as 25 have attended in the past.
“There’s no registration, you just show up,” Ella Wiest said. Wiest began attending to help with her balance after she had a hip replacement and has really enjoyed it.
People with questions may contact SunSet View Community Room with questions. Or, just show up with questions. Brady said people are welcome to sit in and watch to decide if it is something they would enjoy or not.