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Seated fitness class focuses on mind and body workout


There's a new fitness program that's allowing people in the Midlands to workout their body and their mind without ever leaving a chair.

News 10 Sunrise took a live look inside the seated fitness program "Ageless Grace" that uses a variety of movements called "tools" to focus on the healthy longevity of the body, mind and spirit. Local Certified Instructor Nancy Whitlock, who is currently teaching the class at Main Street United Methodist Church, says the program was started two years ago by a woman name Denise Medved from Henderson, North Carolina.

"It is a fitness and wellness program that can be done by anyone of any age and ability," said Whitlock. "There are 21 simple tools for lifelong comfort and ease."

According to Whitlock each of the 21 tools address an aging factor in the body. " The tools are designed to help us have useful functioning as we age and that is true from anyone at age 20 up into the 100s," said Whitlock.

The seated fitness class also helps exercise five cognitive areas of the brain including cognitive reasoning, creativity, planning, kinesthetic learning (learning with the body and brain together) and memory and recall according to Whitlock. 

"The best part of ‘Ageless Grace' is that it makes you feel youthful and alive you don't even know that you're exercising," said Whitlock.

While the exercises are geared toward helping an aging population maintain mobility, Whitlock says her class at Main Street has people from age 24 to age 104.

This Tuesday, June 26th, there will be a free demonstration of the class at 11:00a.m. at Main Street United Methodist Church at 1830 Main Street in Columbia.

For more information on the program you can call the church at (803) 779-0610. The class is usually held Tuesdays from 11:15a.m. to 12:00a.m. and costs $5 a class.

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