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The Active Lifestyle

September 25, 2009
Reinbeck Courier

For Lois Saylor, an active lifestyle has always been par for the course. Well before becoming a member at the Grundy Family YMCA, she enjoyed an active lifestyle growing up on the farm. Lois had no brothers and she vividly remembers fixing fences, performing daily household and farm chores and at one time picking two loads of corn each day with her mother. This hard work ethic rolled over into other aspects of her life including teaching which she started at the age of 17. While teaching rural school in Grundy County for 18 years, she completed her Bachelor of the Arts degree during the summer months and finished with enough hours for her Masters degree. Her next teaching position was at the Grundy Center Elementary School at the 3rd grade level. Lois taught for 30 years at the elementary school and stayed active by walking, bike riding and gardening. After retiring from teaching, she was a substitute teacher at the school until two years ago. While leading a very active lifestyle, she still finds time to relax through book reading and crossword puzzles. Some of her favorite types of books are Mysteries, Westerns and Christian fiction.

Since joining the Grundy Family YMCA in March of 2002, Lois has been very active in different programs and enjoys using a variety of equipment in the Fitness Center. "I started exercising at the YMCA because there are good opportunities offered here in Grundy Center." One of these opportunities is the twelve Strive strength training machines referred to by members as the Circuit. The Circuit offers safe, easy to use machines to strengthen and tone all major muscle groups. Lois uses the Circuit in order to increase her upper body strength. She incorporates her cardiovascular endurance component of physical fitness at the YMCA with the recumbent bicycle and the rowing machine. The rowing machine has been a useful tool for her to improve her posture. In addition, Lois walks two miles each morning.

To add variety to her workout routine, Lois participates in Water Aerobics and Senior Life. Water Aerobics has been a good alternative for her as it is low impact, non-weight bearing and a great way to elevate her heart rate. Senior Life has challenged Lois with resistance tube exercises, Range of Motion training and balance positions. The variety of workout modes that Lois uses has lead to increased energy, flexibility, mobility, balance, total body strength and weight maintenance. Whether participating in a fitness class or walking with friends, Lois says that she has maintained an active lifestyle because of the social interaction and support she receives from YMCA members and friends. Carpooling to Water Aerobics is one way that many participants encourage one another to stay active.

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When asked what advice she would give to other individuals to join the YMCA, Lois stated, "It is easier to stay active with other people!" To gain social support to stay active in a community Wellness setting, contact the YMCA today at 319-825-6210 or email:



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