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Active Aging Class Helps Prolong Independence for Seniors

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If you go to the gym regularly you may have noticed that the face of fitness is changing. It's no longer all hard bodies and bodybuilders. There has been a spike in the age of those working out. More and more senior citizens are taking their health into their own hands.

Sports West in Reno has created a program just for them.

"It's called Functional Fitness for Active Aging," says instructor Sandi Meyer. "Instead of isometrics and working in one plane we are working on the movements we all need. We bend, we squat, we reach. So in class we do movements that make us more efficient at those movements."

Rose Kinne is over 70. She is on oxygen, but she doesn't let that slow her down a bit. She's front and center working at all of the stations and giving it her all.

"My balance is better, I feel better and I've lost 5 pounds. All that is very good for me and it makes me feel good. I do like this class," she says.

'This is all about increasing their mobility and their flexibility and their strength and balance," Meyer says. "They can continue longer with their active lifestyles, whether it's golfing or gardening they can get up and down without pain and do it longer. And for those who live alone, if their balance is better, they can catch themselves when they trip and avoid a fall. They can be confident they won't tumble down the stairs. It's really important for those people."

And some insurance companies are buying in to the idea. Some are offering to help with the cost of programs that prevent health problems, knowing it will save them and their clients money in the long run.

Written by Erin Breen

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