Health & Fitness
Tallahassee Senior Center can help put mindfulness to work for you in 2016!
By Toni Walmsley, Southside Program Coordinator
If you’ve noticed the word “mindfulness” showing up in conversation and in the media lately, you might think it’s the latest buzz word or just another trend, but this term is actually grounded in history. Said to have its origins in Hinduism since 1500 BC, the practice of mindfulness can also be found in ancient Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths.
So what is “mindfulness”? Simply put, mindfulness is the practice of being aware in the present moment without judgment (that last part is important!). Jon Kabat- Zinn, who developed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, is considered the current authority on mindfulness. Zinn says “practicing mindfulness can help to reduce the unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that can undermine emotional, physical, and spiritual health.” But most of us may be unaware of the many other emotional, cognitive and physical consequences of unmanaged stress. The American Psychological Association reports:
- Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
- 75 to 90 percent of all physician office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
- Stress is linked to the six leading causes of death–heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has declared stress a hazard of the workplace.
But don’t let these bleak statistics overwhelm you! The good news is that even with small, manageable lifestyle changes in several key areas, such as nutrition, physical activity, emotions and relaxation, being mindful can make a significant impact on your overall health. The Tallahassee Senior Center can help put mindfulness to work for you in 2016!
The ongoing Mindful Movement class offered at TSC Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. promotes health and well-being through movement and music. Taught by certified NIA instructor Lori Roberts, this class aims to improve awareness of surroundings, while building better confidence and focus. It offers the additional benefits of reduced risk of falling, better breath control, physical dexterity, and better balance, gait and strength.
Our Chair Yoga class, Fridays at 11 a.m., offers a gentle yoga workout for increased mobility, self-esteem, and mental focus. For this class, certified yoga instructor Bridget Welch moves through a series of gentle exercises, most done while seated in a chair. Participants in this class vary widely in age, strength, and flexibility, but the common thread is a shared interest in health and well-being. These exercises incorporate deep breathing techniques that help participants relax and rejuvenate while serving to strengthen, stabilize, balance and integrate the two hemispheres of the brain and the two sides of the body.
Meditation is probably the most well-known form of mindfulness. Studies have shown that the beneficial effects of practicing meditation include lowered blood pressure, decreased heart and respiratory rates, increased blood flow, and other measurable signs of the relaxation response. Other reported benefits include enhancement of immune function and relief of perceived chronic pain due to arthritis and other disorders. Yoga instructor Leslie Hanks leads a meditation class on the 3rd Thursday of each month, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
For Southside residents, our 6-week series “Mindful Living for Better Health” will begin on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Jake Gaither Community Center. This class will provide individual participants with the tools they need to integrate healthy changes into their lifestyle, focusing on nutrition, thoughts and emotions, adequate sleep, movement and more. Health screenings will be offered and a nutritious lunch served in each of the series’ six classes. Because class size is limited, advance registration is required and there is a $2 suggested donation.
For more information on these classes and other programs at the Tallahassee Senior Center, call 891-4000.
Wanted: Dynamic Fitness Intructor
Dynamic fitness instructor or personal trainer wanted to teach a Men’s Fitness Class. Must be certified, preferably in Senior Fitness. For interest and/or more information, please contact Ruth Nickens, RN, Health & Wellness Program Coordinator at 891-4042 or Ruth.Nickens@talgov.com
Health Classes and Programs
The listed presentations, massage and fitness classes at the Tallahassee Senior Center are $2 unless otherwise indicated. We graciously accept donations of clean medical equipment to share with those in need. Walkers, wheelchairs, canes, adult diapers, Ensure, shower chairs, etc. Your donation is tax deductible. For info, call 891-4000, 891-4042.
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Health Screenings and Services
All services are 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted:
- Blood Pressure Screening / Wednesdays & Thursdays
- Glucose Screenings / Wednesdays
- Pulse Oximetry Screenings / First Thursday of the Month
- Hearing /
Wed., Jan. 13, offered by Audibel
Tue., Feb. 16, offered by Audiology Associates
- Podiatry Screening & Foot Care / Jan. 21 (12:30 - 2:30 p.m.)
- Reiki / Jan. 12 & 26, Feb 9 & 23, Mar. 8 (10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
- Meditation & Mindfulness Guidelines / Tue., Feb. 9 & Mar. 8 (10:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.)
Jan. 21 | 12:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Norma Reesor, LMT
Please inquire about our Fitness Savings Card, or "discount card." Punch cards are available for purchase at each class and save participants $5 (15 fitness classes for $25). Unless otherwise noted, classes are $2. Discount cards not applicable for Zumba Gold or Yoga.
- Mindful Movement
Tuesdays | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
- Brain-Body-Memory Balance Stretch and Relaxation Class
- Mondays | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Tallahassee Senior Center
- Tuesdays | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Optimist Park
- Tuesdays | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. at SouthWood Community Center ($5)
- Wednesday | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Allegro
- Chair Yoga
Fridays | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
A gentle yoga workout for increased mobility, bladder control, self-esteem, and mental focus.
- Life Exercise
Tuesdays and Thursdays | 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
A workout consisting of aerobics, light weights, stretching, strengthening and balance exercises. Suitable for everyone; you can participate even if seated.
- Taoist Tai-Chi
Wednesdays and Fridays | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
- Zumba Gold
Thursdays | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. ($5 for 50+, $7 others)
Mondays and Wednesdays | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - $10 for 55+, $12 others
Neighborhood Site Senior Fitness Classes
Each class $2 (50+), $3 others.
- Brain-Body-Memory-Balance: Wednesdays | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
- Bradfordville - NE Brand Library; 5513 Thomasville Road
- Chaires-Capitola Dorothy C. Spence Community Center
- Fort Braden Community Center
- Jack McLean Community Center
- Super Seniors Fitness: Tuesdays - Thursdays | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Free
- Wellness Circle: Feb. 9 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
- Wellness Circle: Mar. 8 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
- Jake Gaither Community Center
- Mindful Movement - Moving for Better Balance: Thursdays | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
- Health and Wellness Fair: Dec. 2 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Must make a reservation! $3.00 suggested donation.
- Lake Jackson Community Center
- Miccosukee Community Center
- Oliver Hill Community Center
- Wellness Circle: Feb. 1 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
- Wellness Circle: Mar. 7 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
- Optimist Park
- Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.: Brain-Body-Memory-Balance
- SouthWood Community Center ($5)
- Brain-Body-Memory-Balance: Tuesdays | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
- Woodville Community Center
Water Aerobics at City of Tallahassee Pools