Silver Sneakers Instructor Susette Sigmon
Many seniors avoid exercise programs because they think they're either too hard, or not hard enough. They may have tried yoga classes, but didn't have the muscle flexibility to really take advantage of the opportunity. Or, they are able to engage in hard physical labor, like shoveling snow for example, but feel tired and stiff afterward. They couldn't benefit from an exercise program, could they?
Yes, in both cases. And there's an exercise program held twice a week in Berryville designed just for them. It's called Silver Sneakers.
Silver Sneakers is an exercise and fitness program designed especially for older adults. The focus of the program is to help seniors develop and maintain muscle and joint flexibility. Achieving these goals means having better physical balance, becoming better at managing every day tasks like climbing stairs, opening jars, and backing up vehicles (as the result of improved neck range of motion).
A typical Silver Sneakers sessions lasts for 1 hour. Participants work at their own pace and use equipment--a rubber ball, hand weights, a chair, and an elastic chord--supplied by the program. During the one hour session the focus is on muscles and joints used performing the common tasks described above. Special attention is paid to neck, wrist, elbow, hand, and knee joints. Music is played in the background and the time seems to pass quickly.
Susette Sigmon, a resident of Kingston, is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor, and leads the class every Tuesday and Thursday morning at the Berryville Community Center from 9:30 to 10:30. The cost of the program is often covered by health insurance and Community Center staff can help you find out if interested parties are covered. Otherwise, the cost is $5 per session for Community Center members.