Medford senior center offering new fitness classes

Want to start off your New Year with a resolution to be fit and healthy? The following classes are offered at the Cranberry Hall Senior Center in Medford to assist you in making this resolution a reality.

Soft and Gentle Yoga will be held on Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. This class will focus on gentle stretching and toning movements to increase flexibility, balance and strength.

It is targeted towards adults who are just beginning a yoga practice or those who are less flexible. Course content will be based on the fitness level of participants and will be taught by a registered yoga teacher.

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program will be on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. AFEP is a group recreational exercise program designed for people with arthritis and arthritis-related diseases. It includes range of motion, muscle strengthening and endurance exercises which are geared to the fitness level of the participants. The course is taught by an Arthritis Foundation instructor.

Project Healthy Bones will be on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This osteoporosis prevention exercise and education program will consist of exercise training with free weight equipment and specific muscle exercises designed to improve balance and strength. A release form together with a physician’s consent form will be required to participated in this program.

The new eight week sessions begin in January 2014. The price per session is $40. You may join at any time and the price will be pro rated. Cash or checks made out to Shanti Yoga can be brought to the first class. Cranberry Hall is located behind the Medford Municipal Building at 17 North Main Street.

For questions on any of the above programs, contact the instructor Mary Turner at (609) 953–3472 or maryturner11@comcast.net.