Courtesy photo Eileen Polk (front center), enjoys working out at SFSC's Lake Placid Center.
published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Students dedicated to lifelong fitness
Special to the News-Sun
AVON PARK - South Florida State College (SFSC) offers residents of its service district a world of lifelong learning opportunities, and four dedicated students have taken it seriously with their participation in fitness classes at the Lake Placid Center.
Recently, they celebrated their 80th, 81st, and 83rd birthdays and were treated to a surprise party by instructor Kathy Rouse. They are Eileen Polk, Doris Julian, Barb Maginnis, and Sue Govelitz.
"These women have been attending aerobics and strength training sessions faithfully for 10 to 18 years and count the time spent as the highlight of their days," said Rouse, instructor, SFSC's Lake Placid Center.
"These four women in particular are living proof that you can be fit at any age," Rouse said. "One wears an insulin pump and two others pacemakers, but they have not been deterred from participating in the routines and have their doctors' approval."
For over 21 years, Rouse has taught fitness classes at SFSC's Lake Placid Center. Power pump, body burn, and Zumba are some of the classes offered Monday through Friday in the mornings and evenings. Rouse's average class has approximately 18 to 20 people, ranging from age 20 to 83.
Rouse believes that regular exercise is significant, particularly as we get older. It not only helps you become healthier, but enables you to live a more active lifestyle. Exercising can be beneficial to anyone no matter their age or physical condition.
"Anyone can do it," Rouse said. "It's not like a large gym. Everyone has different strengths here, and participants can work on their own pace."
Classes are geared for all ages, and older students simply use a low impact, high intensity method to tone down the moves and continue at their own pace.
"If I feel like it's out of my physical range, I adjust the workout to my ability," said Maginnis, 81.
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