Fit, Flexible, & Strong medically-based fitness program launched

 Intake assessments are “in the books” and 27 people have started on a journey toward increased cardiorespiratory fitness, improved musculoskeletal flexibility, and greater muscular strength. Fit – Flexible – Strong is a medically-based and individually-tailored fitness program sponsored by the Boothbay Region Health Center. We are eager to “test-drive” our concept of client involvement and individual responsibility, empowering and encouraging participants to take control of their own health with our coaching and assistance. The program will run through May 2017. It won’t always be easy, but if the participants stick with it… not only will they get a cash rebate as a financial incentive, but they will gain better overall health!
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Wellness Coach Mary Baudo checks BRHC Director, Jerry Homer’s balance.

BRHC Offers Fit, Flexible & Strong: Medically-Based, Tailored Exercise Program

Boothbay Region Health Center is offering an affordable, accessible and unique exercise program designed to help year-round residents become and remain fit, flexible and strong as well as healthier. The six-month program costs $97 to join, but you get $67 back if you stick with the program for 6 months. After an initial fitness and health assessment, Wellness Coach, Mary Baudo will work with you to design a fitness program that is tailored to your needs and your preferences. You’ll be able to choose from many fitness options available on the peninsula, including many free and low-cost options. Once you have your own fitness plan, you’ll keep a log of what you actually do. Then, you’ll meet with Mary and our medical team in three months to evaluate your progress, and again at the end of six months. If you stick with the program, not only will you receive money back, but you’ll see and feel the benefits to your health, flexibility and fitness.

To sign up for the program, contact Mary Baudo at 357-3563. You’ll need to get your primary care physician to fill in a medical clearance form. You can download a description of the program here. You can download the Medical Clearance Form here. Or pick them up at the Community Center.

207 Boothbay Area Seniors Walk 5,088 Miles in Two Years!

The “Seniors Walk Free at the Y” program has just celebrated its second anniversary. Connie and Ira Machon have been the leaders and role models for this program, which was initiated by the Awesome Seniors Committee of the Wellness Foundation, in partnership with the Boothbay Region YMCA. The program was kicked off on March 18, 2014 and just completed two years with a luncheon hosted by the YMCA on March 18th, 2016.

Over the past two years, 207 people ranging in age from 61 to 98 years old have participated in this program, which welcomes local seniors to walk at the YMCA track every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to noon. (No Y membership is required for this “free for all seniors” program).

The average age of those currently walking is 74. Note that some people use walkers, others use the railing, some have even carried oxygen tanks. Some walk 1 or 2 laps; others have worked up to 16 or 32 laps. Everyone walks at his or her own pace. Fruit and water are provided through the generosity of the walkers themselves (who often drop a few coins or bills in a jar).

When you come to the Y for this program, you sign in at the front desk, and proceed to the track, where Connie and Ira Machon (and the other regulars) greet each person warmly, make them feel comfortable, show them how to log their laps each time, and cheer them on.

By the way, Connie and Ira have walked at the Y 150 days over the last two years, and thecouple has walked a combined total of 791 miles! Connie has increased the number of laps she’s walked by more than 15% from the first to the second year, and Ira has increased his laps by 10%. They are wonderful role models.

The “Seniors Walk Free at the Y” program has just celebrated its second anniversary. Connie and Ira Machon have been the leaders and role models for this program, which was initiated by the Awesome Seniors Committee of the Wellness Foundation, in partnership with the Boothbay Region YMCA. The program was kicked off on March 18, 2014 and just completed two years with a luncheon hosted by the YMCA on March 18th, 2016.

Over the past two years, 207 people ranging in age from 61 to 98 years old have participated in this program, which welcomes local seniors to walk at the YMCA track every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to noon. (No Y membership is required for this “free for all seniors” program).

The average age of those currently walking is 74. Note that some people use walkers, others use the railing, some have even carried oxygen tanks. Some walk 1 or 2 laps; others have worked up to 16 or 32 laps. Everyone walks at his or her own pace. Fruit and water are provided through the generosity of the walkers themselves (who often drop a few coins or bills in a jar).

When you come to the Y for this program, you sign in at the front desk, and proceed to the track, where Connie and Ira Machon (and the other regulars) greet each person warmly, make them feel comfortable, show them how to log their laps each time, and cheer them on.

By the way, Connie and Ira have walked at the Y 150 days over the last two years, and thecouple has walked a combined total of 791 miles! Connie has increased the number of laps she’s walked by more than 15% from the first to the second year, and Ira has increased his laps by 10%. They are wonderful role models.

Connie Machon with the Y-Walkers' Log Book; Photo: Bob Crink

Connie Machon with the Y-Walkers’ Log Book;  Photo: Bob Crink

Here are some other pretty impressive statistics for the seniors who have been participating in this program:

  • Each year, approximately 144 people have walked regularly. 81 of them have walked for both years.
  • For those who have been participating in this program for two years, the number of laps they have walked has increased an average of 17% from year 1 to year 2. 144 people walked the first year, averaging 16.5 miles per person for the year. 143 people walked the second year, averaging 19 miles per person for the year.
  • Each Tuesday or Thursday, there are about 20 people who walk each time (along with the Y members who may be walking, jogging or running).
  • The first year, the Y-Walkers walked a total 2,374 miles
  • The second year, the same number of people walked a combined total of 2,714 miles.
  • The average number of laps per person per walking session over the two years is 10 1/2 laps or 1.3 miles.
  • When the program began in March 2014, the average distance walked per person per session was .8 miles. Today, the average is 1.8 miles.

We believe that this program has dramatically increased the activity level of local seniors. We encourage others to join in!

Matter of Balance Class Starts March 7th

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls

 Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall? Have you restricted your normal activities of daily living because you feel unstable on your feet? Have you fallen and are concerned about falling again?

If so, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program for you.

Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent.

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling, increase activity levels and educate one on how they can remain independent. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, modify behaviors that lead to falling, and learn simple exercises to increase strength, flexibility and balance.

Mary Baudo, Healthy Attitudes is offering A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls on Mondays and Wednesdays, starting March 7 running through March 30 at the Community Center from 9-10:30am. There is no cost for this program.   The course is progressive and regular participation is required to gain maxim benefits. Sorry no entrance after the second class date.

Please e-mail Mary Baudo – marybaudo@msn.com / call 207-357-3563 if you have any questions.

Please register at the Community Center in the Meadow Mall!

 

Tai Chi, Yoga, and Zumba all at the Community Center!

While you’re in the mood to improve your fitness and flexibility in the New Year, why not sign up for one of our popular, free fitness classes at the Community Center?

Tai Chi

We now offer Tai Chi on Wednesday afternoons, from 1:15 to 2:15 pm.

TaiChiPractiseTai Chi is a gentle form of exercise that is particularly good at keeping arthritis at bay as well as improving your balance and strength.

Yoga

We now offer yoga every Tuesday morning from 10 am to 11:30 am.

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Yoga will keep you flexible, help you become healthier, improve your breathing and your digestion, and give you greater peace of mind.

Zumba

Want a bit more action? Try our lively 30-minute Zumba class.

We will be offering a Zumba Gold class again soon. Stay tuned.

Zumba-ClassBoth men and women, young and old benefit from moving to music. Join us and lift your spirits and your feet!

Sign up today for any or all of these classes at the Community Center.