National guidelines suggest that most people get 150 minutes of aerobic activity a week. That’s the kind of activity that gets you breathing and your heart rate up. In addition, National Guidelines suggest you do strength training exercises for all major muscle groups at least two times a week. This is the type of activity where you might think of lifting weights, using resistance bands, etc. With these suggestions you may feel overwhelmed as to where to start- how do you fit in all the minutes? Do you have to do it all at once, how do you know you are doing it right? Have no fear!

The Wellness Center is your one stop spot for all your health and wellness needs. Regardless of your income, age or fitness abilities, this non-profit community resource is here to support anyone on their journey towards their health and wellness needs. Whether you are just starting out or looking to take your fitness to the next level, at The Wellness Center you can trust that this isn’t something you have to do on your own. Their entire staff is certified in their expertise and always excited to see new faces, refreshed to see those who have been committed for a long time and all those who fall in-between.

For your aerobic activity you need to get your heart rate up and move your body. It is suggested that you do 150 minutes of moderate activity and that can be broken up over the week. Many people struggle to get themselves to do this on their own. If you are looking to take a fitness class to help you fit in your aerobic activity minutes, you should consider taking: Spinning®, Zumba®, FitMix, Zumba® Zumba® Gold, Cardio and Core, Seniorcize, All Star Workout, Work It Circuit, Hit Fit, Step Aerobics, Tabata, Drums Alive® or even one of our all ages Karate Classes. Most classes run 45-60 minutes which means you can meet your aerobic activity requirements in just 3 classes a week. What would that cost at The Wellness Center? $12.00, but as always we manage this over a sliding scale.

Maybe you can do aerobic activity on your own, but you are looking for a class to help you get in your suggested strength training twice a week. We recommend: Power Pilates, Tonetastic, Work It Circuit, All Star Workout, Tabata, Seniorcize, Yogalaties, Piyo® Live, Cardio and Core or even one of our many yoga classes that help build strength using your own body weight. Strength training is important, but so is your safety. The perk of doing this in a Wellness Center Class has the added advantage of a fitness professional being there to make sure you are doing it properly. Two classes a week at The Wellness Center costs $10.00.
Flexibility is something that many people forget about until it’s time to tie their shoes or to reach for something far away. Flexibility is what helps us to remain able to keep our range of motion and prevent pain and stiffness. Many classes that focus on flexibility also have the added benefit of stress reduction. We would suggest: Tranquil Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Tai Chi Easy®, Yogalaties, Pilates, Yoga with Pat/Cristina, Piyo® Live, A Matter of Balance and Cardio/Core/Stretch. All of our classes include stretching at the end of each session to help ensure a proper cool down for participants. This is a great way to help keep our muscles healthy and strong as well.
Exercise isn’t meant to be a punishment and it can actually be a really great key to success for many people in their wellness journey towards better health. Regardless of your goal, be it weight loss, stress management, wanting to increase your endurance or strength, you can find it all right here in North Country Hospital’s very own fitness facility- The Wellness Center. For over 36 years The Wellness Center has been an innovator in keeping health and wellness programs alive and affordable in the Northeast Kingdom. Even if you are only a bit curious we welcome you to come try a class free of charge and see just how much fun taking care of you can really be. Did we mention it’s also a great way to make friends too? We hope you will make the quality investment in your own health to keep moving and stay strong. With the added advantage of our non-profit fitness facility, we feel strongly it gives everyone a chance to sweat local.


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