I am excited to announce a new session of the Arthritis Relief Exercise Class in Durham, N.C.!
This program is a collaboration between me and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to benefit the community, and classes will be held in Johnson Hall (the fellowship hall).
The class is called Arthritis Relief Exercise. Adults of any age or physical ability are welcome. You don’t have to have arthritis to participate.
These classes will help you keep your joints flexible and muscles strong. It will help you increase your energy, improve your well-being, and sleep better. With regular exercise, you can expect to experience less pain, improved joint function, increased muscular strength, improvements in balance and mobility, and a better quality of life. Exercise also helps relieves stress, improves memory, and boosts overall mood!
WHEN: Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10:00-10:50 a.m; Classes start promptly; please arrive early to check-in.
This session runs from Thursday, Aug. 24 through Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
WHERE: Johnson Hall at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1737 Hillandale Rd., Durham, N.C. 27705-3045. St.Luke’s is conveniently located just off I-85, at exit 174.
Arthritis Relief Exercise Class is a gentle program, designed especially for those with arthritis. However, you don’t have to have arthritis to participate. This class is suitable for beginners and those who don’t currently exercise or who need to sit. This class uses chairs for some movements; and all of it can be done seated if desired. There is no getting down on the floor.
This is a low-impact program to reduce pain and decrease stiffness. The sessions include gentle range-of-motion exercises that are suitable for every fitness level and ability. This class includes some work with weights (optional; the moves can be done without weights if desired. 1-2 lb. weights suggested for beginners). Exercises are also included to help improve balance, mobility and flexibility.
You’ll also enjoy the upbeat music that sets the tone for this uplifting class. You’ll love this full-body exercise program, and will leave feeling better than when you came in!
What to bring
- A bottle of water
- A pair of weights/dumbbells (optional). 1-2 lb. weights suggested for beginners. However, the moves can be done without weights if desired. I will have a few pairs of weights on hand for anyone who needs them.
What to wear
Wear comfortable clothes you can move in. Sneakers are recommended.
Registration and Tuition
The fee is $59 and includes 4 weeks of classes (best value). If registering after the start date, please contact me for the prorated amount.
Please contact me to register, or for any questions.
About Your Instructor
Michelle Rogers is a Certified Personal Trainer (NCCPT), a Certified Group Fitness Instructor (American Council on Exercise) and a Certified Senior Fitness Specialist (National Academy of Sports Medicine). She is also certified by the Arthritis Foundation.
A mother of two grown children, Michelle decided to become a fitness professional later in life, after losing a large amount of weight and the profound difference exercise made in her health and quality of life. Today, she is honored to help others achieve this, too.
What Participants in Michelle’s Classes Say
“This class helps my range of motion in my shoulders, a big problem for me. But it doesn’t over-do me. The class respects my limits and what I can do. It’s just challenging enough, just the right amount for a 70-year-old. I can sleep better now, with less pain in my neck and shoulders. And I look forward to it for social reasons — it’s fun! When you exercise alone, you don’t follow through as much. This class keeps you on track.” – Doris
“When you move your muscles, you get relief and it helps you be more limber and active. I’ve really enjoyed it. I feel like it’s bringing me back alive again! I also love the people coming together. The fellowship makes everyone feel so much better. A lot of them live alone. With the class, we get to socialize and improve our health, and that’s important for a longer life.” – Geraldine
“I look forward to the interaction with other participants, and it got me back into working my neck and upper body where I have problems. It’s easier to do this with a class than alone. The cardio has helped my coordination, and has helped loosen up my hips. I also like that the workout is ‘adjustable’ for what’s good for you.” – Annie
“I am four months out of knee replacement, and this class has helped my balance and flexibility. I love being with everyone and having fun, and it’s done a lot for my mobility. It’s made a big difference. I truly enjoy it, because I won’t do it at home!” – Rosa
“I have arthritis in my leg, but I liked that you covered the full body. And it’s nice to be with others. I also liked the pace, that you can go at your own pace and do what feels good.” – Betsy
“I have arthritis real bad, especially in my left arm. The exercises helped a lot. I like how you kept the class going — it went by fast! I also enjoyed meeting others.” – Yancey
“I have osteoarthritis. The doctor gave me exercises to do at home, but I was just doing arms and legs. I wasn’t doing leaning and bending until this class. Now I am also walking three times a week. I would recommend this class to anyone.” – Calvin
“I enjoyed everything about this class. It helped my neck, I haven’t had to go to urgent care in a while. My body is full of arthritis. And it gives me something to do, to get out of the house. And my knee and leg feel better too. I loved the cardio the best. I really enjoyed it!” – Gwen
“I wasn’t sure how I’d do. But you made it so fun and easy. I love the music, and variety. And I’ve made some wonderful new friends.”