Seniors flex their muscles with Body Recall workout
by Erin Dentmon
edentmon@cherokeetribune.com
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The Cherokee Senior Center started a new fitness class called Body Recall. Senior Services Director Nathan Brandon worked with each of the participants on flexability and posture during Friday's class. Brandon walks with the group of seniors around a track and demonstrates a way to softly roll his step. <br>Staff/Todd Hull
The Cherokee Senior Center started a new fitness class called Body Recall. Senior Services Director Nathan Brandon worked with each of the participants on flexability and posture during Friday's class. Brandon walks with the group of seniors around a track and demonstrates a way to softly roll his step.
Staff/Todd Hull
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 Local resident Jean Richburg and follows instructions on toe flexes and stretching hip and leg muscles.
Local resident Jean Richburg and follows instructions on toe flexes and stretching hip and leg muscles.
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Tom Herrick uses a large, round parachute to stretch his muscles.
Tom Herrick uses a large, round parachute to stretch his muscles.
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CANTON — The Cherokee County Senior Center is now holding classes open to the public, including one aimed at helping seniors maintain the physical skills needed for an independent life.

Body Recall, a new exercise class meeting three times per week at the senior center, is taught by Senior Services Director Nathan Brandon.

Brandon first taught the class, developed specifically for seniors, in the 1980s while working with First Baptist Church.

Body Recall focuses on four core principles: strength, flexibility, coordination and balance.

“It helps seniors remain as independent as possible and be able to do the things they need to do to remain independent,” Brandon said.

The class provides head-to-toe exercise and encourages proper stretching, posture, breathing and relaxation.

Over the course of the 10-week class, participants will also learn fall recovery.

“It’s one of the most practical exercise programs for seniors,” Brandon said. Many of the moves are similar to exercises used in physical therapy.

Body Recall exercises use accessories such as foam balls, broom handles and a parachute for group exercises.

The classes last 45 minutes, and anyone is invited to participate. The class is free for senior center members, and the entire 10-week class costs $10 for the general public — about 30 cents per session. Times are Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. for the next nine weeks.

“It’s designed so all seniors can be successful,” Brandon said. “You do what you can do.”

Yvonne Stevens, a senior center volunteer participating in Friday’s class, said it’s important to have exercise geared toward senior citizens. She has also taught senior exercise classes in the past.

“I’m for all the exercise I can do,” she said. “When I’m not doing it, I can feel the difference.”

And Body Recall isn’t the only new class that has sprung up at the senior center. With a $1.2 million renovation completed in the fall, the center has been able to add a full slate of classes open to the public.

Other exercise classes currently offered are Tai Chi, strength training and cardio training.

Arts and craft supply store Michaels has partnered with the senior center for the arts and crafts classes and offers a 10 percent merchandise discount to class participants.

Current arts and crafts classes offered at the senior center include jewelry making, painting and scrapbooking.

Pat Kenny, activities director at the center, said she is looking to add an even wider range of classes.

“We want to be able to bring a healthy lifestyle,” she said.

A listing of classes is available online at www.cherokeega.org or at the senior center on Univeter Road.
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