Hello !! The weather's warming up -- time to go for a walk! That's the focus this month and next -- both in the ATM classes and in the Walking with

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Hello !!

The weather's warming up -- time to go for a walk!

That's the focus this month and next -- both in the ATM classes and in the Walking with Poles Workshop in June. Details below. Plus another way walking helps the brain.

Hope to see you in class or out strolling in the park!


Benefit Your Brain - Land Those Heels!

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Walking -- such a defining human activity! Indeed, our "walk" is so individual that people even recognize us from afar. Being unable to walk, or to do so comfortably, feels like a big loss.

Much has been written about walking's benefits. It's not just that we walk that's important, but HOW we do it. For instance, walking with some intensity, pushing ourselves a bit, gives a very specific brain benefit. Higher intensity exercise results in increased amounts of neurotropic factors in the brain (think of them as "miracle grow") that promote cell repair and proper function. For People with Parkinson's, higher intensity effort improves the efficiency of dopamine utilization and therefore movement.

Now research shows that the heel striking the ground when we walk or run improves circulation to the brain by setting up "backward-flowing waves through the arteries that sync with the heart rate and stride rate to dynamically regulate blood circulation to the brain." Researcher Ernest Greene explains "There is an optimizing rhythm between brain blood flow and ambulating. Stride rates and their foot impacts are within the range of our normal heart rates (about 120/minute) when we are briskly moving along." There's that bit of intensity again. Read more

Walk with Ease and Confidence

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Improve flexibility and comfort
Build balance and confidence
Feel more upright and powerful
Walk with natural ease and grace

We'll do lessons on the floor, sitting, and standing.

Tuesdays May 23 - June 27 -- 10:30-11:30 am

Where: Chintimini Senior Center - 601 NW Tyler Ave Corvallis
Register at Senior Center: Residents $40; Non-residents $50; $8 Drop-in

Tuesdays May 23 - June 27-- 12 noon - 1 pm

Where: Friends Meeting House, 3311 NW Polk Ave, Corvallis
Register at first class please: $48 for series; $10 drop-in
Bring a towel or mat for the carpeted floor.
Please do not park in front of neighborhood homes. Thanks!

TWO Mindful Movement with Parkinson's classes

Our new Mindful Movement Class is off to a good start but we still have room for a few more! If you are beginning or returning to exercise after a setback or are not comfortable with getting down to the floor, this is the class for you Come check it out:

Thursdays 1:15 - 2:15 pm

And if you are comfortable with floor work (and the getting back up!) and are looking for variety in PD-focused exercise:

Thursdays 2:30 - 3:30 pm

BOTH CLASSES -- May 18 and 25, June 1, 8, 15 and 22

Location: Fitness Over Fifty: 6735 SW Country Club Drive Corvallis
Cost: $10/class if signed up for the monthly series; Drop-in $12/class

New students--first class session free!

Please check with me first to confirm availability and the right class for you.

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Walking Well with Poles starts Wed June 7

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Do you have balance or walking challenges?

Are poles gathering dust in your closet?

Enhance uprightness, flexibility and power
Build confidence walking on various terrains
Relieve pressure on joints to increase pleasure and endurance

Wed June 7 and Friday June 9 --- 2:30 - 4 pm **
at Fitness over Fifty 6735 SW Country Club Drive


Mon June 12 --- 1:30 - 3 pm
at Martin Luther King Park 53rd and Walnut Blvd
Rain Day Wed June 14
Cost: $40 by June 1 and $45 after June 1.
Loaner poles available if registered by June 1

More info? Click here!

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