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Griffith Family YMCA introduces exercise class for active older adults

Class instructor and former personal trainer and massage therapist Shane Lowden helps active older adults build strength for a healthy lifestyle by using a variety of ancient martial arts and yoga techniques. A new wellness class begins Monday at the Griffith Family YMCA.

GRIFFITH | Beginning Monday, the Griffith Family YMCA will offer a new wellness class that will focus on providing active older adults with the tools to  maintain a healthy and independent lifestyle.

The 45-minute class will take place at 10 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday. Participants will learn ways to improve and maintain strength, flexibility, balance and coordination through various exercises that incorporate ancient Tai Chi methods and yoga.

“This class will help older adults by making them better equipped to prevent or handle falls,” said Shane Lowden, class instructor. “Skills taught in class will improve everyday living for older adults and techniques used will stimulate energy, fight symptoms of arthritis and improve core strength and flexibility.”

The active older adult wellness programs at the Griffith Family YMCA are growing in popularity and are designed for individuals 50 and older.

Griffith resident Philip J. Vechey plans to attend the class to stay active after retiring. “Once I retired over a year ago, I was no longer putting my body through the motions I did at work, and it is starting to show,”  Vechey said. “I think this class will get me moving again like I used to.

Registration for the class will take place through Sunday and the cost is free for Griffith Family YMCA members and $20 for nonmembers. Individuals can register in person at the YMCA, 201 N. Griffith Blvd., in downtown Griffith or by calling (219) 750-1082.

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