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Strong women and men for 2014

Posted: December 20, 2013 - 4:15pm

Start thinking now about your fitness goals for 2014. The Faulkner County Extension Service is offering a way to make your 2014 fitness goals a reality. What is holding you back? The Strong Women and Men program is open for new participants and has three class times to help support when you want to exercise. What is the Strong Women and Men program? If you want to boost metabolism, increase your energy level, and stop bone loss that leads to osteoporosis, this could be the exercise program for you.

Research has proven time and again the magic of strength training for weight loss. If you ever say to yourself, “I know I should exercise, but I just don’t have the energy,” if you notice fat where there used to be muscle, or if you feel older than you’d like, it’s time to give strength training a try.

This strength training program was developed by Miriam Nelson, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Tufts University. The program is based upon years of research on how strength training and proper nutrition improve the health of people of all ages. Program results showed that strength training improves bone density, reduces falls, improves arthritis symptoms, and increases flexibility and strength.

You will be led through one hour of simple strength exercises using free weights. The class will be instructed by Melanie Malone, County Extension Agent and trained Strong Women and Men Program Leader.

If you have never lifted weights before, this program allows you to work at your own pace, get stronger, and trim and tighten. The program is appropriate for those who are sedentary and the very active. You will need to bring a set of dumbbells, ankle weights and a bottle of water with you to the sessions. Sessions last approximately one hour. There is a $12 fee for the 12-week class.

For more information on this program call the Extension Office at 501-329-8344 or email mmalone@uaex.edu Classes begin Jan. 6-7 in Greenbrier and Conway. Call for class times, dates and locations.

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