Aerobics Ames IA

Local resource for aerobics in Ames. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to gyms, fitness centers and personal trainers, as well as advice and content on health and exercise.

Stone Brooke Clubhouse
(515) 232-7314
3816 Fletcher Blvd
Ames, IA
 
Anytime Fitness
(515) 233-1353
823 Wheeler St
Ames, IA
 
Ames Soccer Club
(515) 663-9274
3240 Evergreen Rd
Ames, IA
 
Anytime Fitness Ames, IA
(515) 268-0444
5820 West Lincoln Way, Suite 103
Ames, IA
Programs & Services
24-hr Operations, Cardio Equipment, Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Parking, Personal Training, Spinning, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Ames Racquet & Fitness Center
(515) 292-4741
2622 Stange Rd # 101
Ames, IA
 
Beth Clarke Studio of Dance
(515) 232-8908
118 High Ave
Ames, IA
 
Curves For Women
(515) 232-3828
620 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
 
Total Fitness Center
(515) 232-4741
2509 Grand Ave
Ames, IA
 
Anytime Fitness Ames, IA
(515) 232-9539
414 South 17th St.
Ames, IA
Programs & Services
24-hr Operations, Cardio Equipment, Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Parking, Personal Training, Spinning, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Curves Ames
620 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
 
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Walk on

The oldest mode of transportation known to man, walking is more than
just a low-impact exercise solution. For either solace and reflection
or socializing with friends, the simple stroll offers clarifying, rejuvenating
benefits for both body and mind. And, especially for seniors, regular
walking just might be the single most effective anti-aging activity.

April 2008

By Patrick Dougherty

“My feet are my only carriage”
—Bob Marley

The most laidback of active pursuits, walking is often overshadowed by its more outgoing cousins—hiking, jogging and running. But walking is the most inviting and accessible way to get exercise: It is a lot easier on the feet and joints than the faster-paced alternatives. Plus it has the benefit of requiring no gym membership or equipment, just the will to get out and about, and, of course, a comfortable pair of shoes.

Before you slip on your sneakers, however, you need to prepare for a new walking routine, particularly if you have been relatively inactive up to now and especially if you’re old enough for AARP to know your name. Vonda Wright, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center who teaches at UPitt’s School of Medicine, refers to people newly motivated for fitness as “sudden exercisers.” She warns that jumping into an exercise program without preparation can lead to arthritis flare-ups and injuries. That’s because sudden exercisers are “using muscles and tendons that they haven’t used before or for quite some time,” Wright explains, “and they end up sore or with a torn muscle.”

Ruth Bohlken, director of the Center for Physical Activity and Aging in Wichita, Kansas, says, “The key is to start slow, and progress on a regular basis.” Before starting a walking-oriented exercise program, Bohlken recommends wearing a pedometer, a small device that counts every step, to gauge your current activity level. In the first week, she advises wearing a pedometer from the time you get up until bedtime to determine how many steps you normally take. Then, for the second week, she suggests adding 10% to the number of steps averaged during the previous week, working the additional movement into your daily activities. This routine should continue until your average is 10,000 steps per day, which “seems to be the magic number” as a proper level of exercise, Bohlken says. She also recommends adding strength and balance training to your routine. “If a person doesn’t have the strength to get up out of a chair, they won’t be walking very far,” she says, “and if balance is impaired, they have a higher risk of falling.”

Supplements for Mobile Joints

Wear and tear on joints over the years often leads to osteoarthritis, particularly in seniors, and this pain can severely hinder walking or any other moderate exercise. But before seniors resort to surgery or other drastic measures, they can take a number of supplements to decrease joint discomfort and inflammation.

Peter Sharkey...

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