Aerobics Hastings NE

Local resource for aerobics in Hastings. 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.

South Central Taekwondo
(308) 381-4255
PO Box 1256
Hastings, NE
 
Anytime Fitness Hastings, NE
(402) 462-5225
3601 Cimarron Plaza, Suite 105
Hastings, NE
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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Jazzercise Hastings YWCA
(402) 462-8821
521 W. 3rd St.
Hastings, NE
Programs & Services
Jazzercise

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Body by Nautilus
(402) 462-2424
2303 W 2nd St
Hastings, NE
 
Curves Hastings
714 W. 5th St. Suite 102
Hastings, NE
 
Anytime Fitness
(402) 462-5225
3601 Cimarron Plz # 105
Hastings, NE
 
Hastings Cancer Support Groups
(402) 462-8821
Breast Cancer Support
Hastings, NE
 
Champions Sports and Recreation Complex
(402) 462-6220
1220 W 18th St
Hastings, NE
 
Elks Country Club Golf Course
(402) 462-6616
3050 E South St
Hastings, NE
 
Curves Hastings NE
303 N. Burlington Ave., Suite B
Hastings, NE
Programs & Services
Aerobics, Body Sculpting, Cardio Equipment, Cardio Equipment, Circuit Training, Group Exercise Studio, Gym Classes, Gym Equipment, Gym Sports, Silver Sneakers, Zumba

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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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