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BASE senior fitness program to resume

The RSVP-sponsored BASE Senior Fitness Exercise Program is reopening, and anyone aged 55 and older are invited to join.

BASE Senior Fitness, which stands for Balance, Agility, Strength and Endurance, is a free, low-impact exercise program designed for seniors.

The exercises used in the classes were developed by Personal Fitness Trainer Leah Feltz, and the classes are overseen by McFarland Clinic Physical Therapist Jessica Hrnicek. Classes are led by trained RSVP volunteers.

The exercises are moderate in intensity, but effective in many health benefits including increasing bone density and improving balance. BASE classes not only help with physical fitness, but also help with mental health through the enjoyment and socialization in the classes.

New participants are always welcome to join the classes, and will start at the beginning level of repetitions. The only equipment needed is tennis shoes and 2-pound. hand weights. Stretch bands are provided by RSVP.

Classes are located in Webster City, Fort Dodge, Blairsburg, Duncombe, Jewell, Stanhope, Stratford and Dayton.

Some outdoor classes are being planned through the summer. An evening class is also being considered. Social distance will be observed, and sanitary practices will be employed.

To register for BASE classes, contact RSVP Volunteer Coordinator Becky Koppen at 515-832-2525.

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