PLATTSBURGH — At 72, Maureen DeCarlo remains dedicated to an active lifestyle and promotes regular exercise as a way to stay healthy and in good physical shape.
DeCarlo is a member of the Wellness Center at PARC and has been participating in the center’s Senior Vitality Program for the past 2½ years.
The program promotes routine activities through a variety of exercise techniques.
“I didn’t like the treadmill and other machines,” DeCarlo said of her decision to switch from the center’s cardiovascular equipment to a more hands-on light muscle-toning program.
“I like to be with a bunch of people (while she works out). I have enjoyed the friendships that have developed.”
Light muscle toning, which is run by fitness expert and certified instructor Ian Passino, is one of several choices members have as part of the Senior Vitality Program. Other activities include aqua aerobics, Zumba gold, and Aoninagi karate programs.
“We focus on cardiovascular health as well as an overall increase in fitness and well-being,” Passino said of the light muscle-toning program. “We also emphasize the use of proper form to prevent injury while exercising.”
The class, which is held three times a week for one-hour settings, offers a balanced program for experienced participants like DeCarlo as well as basic routines for newcomers.
“We like to keep the activities fun, but we also want participants to feel the benefit in the exercises,” Passino said.
People who have not been exercising regularly can establish a routine they will be able to continue to grow with as they become more confident, he added.
“Fitness isn’t something that comes quickly. It can take up to 12 weeks before someone starts to notice improvements, but we’re dedicated to helping people” reach their fitness goals.
Light muscle-toning exercises are perfect for seniors who are looking for ways to help stay active, he added.