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February 18, 2010
Exercise program offers healthy alternative
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The EnhanceFitness Program at the Booker T. Dozier Recreation Complex in Inkster is designed to help residents improve their health and quality of life.
When 57-year-old Inkster resident, Sandra Watley, was diagnosed with diabetes, she said she knew it would be a lot of extra effort to stay healthy.
Fortunately, a friend told her about the Enhance Fitness exercise class at the Dozier Recreation Complex in her home town.
“Exercise is an important component to managing my chronic disease,” Watley said. “Being able to do that with so many other people at Enhance Fitness has been like one big happy family that stays in shape together.”
The Enhance Fitness Program is a free class geared toward improving the overall fitness and well-being of primarily older adults. All adults are welcome-even those with physical disabilities or who travel by wheelchair. The one-hour classes focus on cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, flexibility, and balance training. A certified fitness instructor leads classes three times a week to provide social stimulation as well as physical benefits to participants.
Watley said the class has helped her improve her overall quality of life. It helped her lose weight, make new friends, and improve her balance, energy and mood.
“I am so much more flexible because of the range of motions that we do in the class,” she said. “It’s also nice when you can get to a point when you are exercising and the endorphins kick in and make you feel ready for the rest of the day.”
“The class has been growing by leaps and bounds,” said class instructor, Deborah Morgan. “We actually had to add a second class because it was so popular.”
Although Deborah is an instructor in the class, she too has seen the benefit, losing 65 pounds since she started instructing Enhance Fitness last April.
The class is offered at the Dozier Recreation Complex on 2025 Middlebelt Road in Inkster and meets from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. and again at 11:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.