Your First Class

If you have decided to attend one of my Youthful Hearts boomers & seniors fitness classes, congratulations and welcome! I look forward to meeting you and helping you to achieve your fitness goals. Fill out the form on the right to receive your FREE first class coupon. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for class.

  1. Come expecting to have fun and be supported. Spend some time thinking about what your intentions are with exercise and arrive with that focus in mind. Be prepared to discuss your health concerns and goals with me.
  2. Dress in comfortable clothing made from cotton or other breathable fabrics that allow heat to escape.  Also, dress in layers so that you can better regulate your body temperature during class.
  3. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes with a flexible, rubber sole. No one shoe is right for everyone. It is important that your shoes feel comfortable and provide quality support. A good lace up shoe will help to stabilize your feet. I also recommend a roomy toe box so that you can spread your toes wide. The spreading of our toes is our body’s instinctive way of helping us regain our balance.
  4. You do not need to bring any exercise equipment of your own, unless you prefer to do so. All of the equipment used during class is provided.
  5. Stay properly hydrated before, during and after class. (Unless your doctor has told you to limit your fluids.) All of my class locations have water fountains on the premises. However, I still advise that students bring their own water so that they may conveniently take a drink when they need it. Dehydration can cloud your thinking and create fatigue rather quickly.
  6. For your first class, please arrive at least 20 minutes early and talk to one of the friendly staff at the front desk. They will help you with registration and will familiarize you with the center’s procedures and policies. Once you are done with your paperwork then I will give you an informative orientation to my classes.
  7. Eating the right foods at the right times for your body is essential to keeping your energy up during class and your workout performance high. I do not recommend exercising on an empty or overly full stomach. Choose to either eat a healthy snack shortly before class or eat a larger balanced meal several hours in advance of class time. Eat nutrient dense foods that harmonize with your body and give you energy. We all have our own unique metabolism. You’ll need to experiment with what works best for you  Keep track of how you feel after eating different types of foods to become wiser about what foods nourish and support you and what foods deplete you. Also, by paying attention to how your body responds to exercise you can better determine what your body needs.
  8. Remember to exercise at a pace and intensity level that feels good to you. Stop anytime you feel pain–do not try to work through the pain.
  9. Don’t exercise when you are injured, sick or running a temperature.
  10. Becoming more active is safe for most people. However, some people should seek medical advice first. Use the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire to help you determine if you should consult with your doctor or other health care professional before increasing your physical activity.

Exercise can help to lift your mood and energy level and enrich your body, mind and spirit in many rewarding ways. I’m thrilled that you’ll be joining me and the wonderful Youthful Hearts boomers and seniors in my exercise program. I hope to see you soon.
Here’s to your health!

Youthful Hearts Boomers & Seniors Class Options:
Low Impact Aerobics, Strength Training, Line DancingChair Exercise
and Guided Relaxation.

“The real joy of life is in its play.” ~Walter Rauschenbusch