by Beth Curry, BFC Team Leader
Meet Ruth Ann High. Ruth Ann is one of the four great BFC Instructors. She’s been teaching one of the BFC Staying Strong classes since 2016 and BFC Flexibility since 2021. She is AFAA and CPR certified and is a senior fitness specialist. She also specializes in foam rolling and flexibility exercise.
“I LOVE EXERCISING! Now before you moan and groan, hear me out. I am 63 years old and have found that exercising has helped me feel better. I enjoy the extra energy it gives me. I enjoy having stronger muscles. I enjoy knowing my heart is stronger and all my organs are benefiting.
So why don’t we feel like exercising? “I’m too tired.” “I don’t want to hurt.” “I will get sore.” “It’s no fun.” “I just don’t have time.” WRONG! We at BFC strongly disagree with all of this. Even if you are a little tired, if you start exercising, chances are that you will find you have more energy than you think. At BFC, our workouts are not debilitating. While the programs are designed to challenge individuals, they are also designed not to intimidate you. There may be mild soreness the next day, but it will not keep you from wanting to do more. It will inform you that you are doing great. Exercising at BFC is FUN! We encourage everyone to do their best, and the fellowship is as rewarding as the workouts. And we do have time to exercise because exercising brings great rewards that are worth the time you invest. Here are a few medically proven benefits of exercising: increased bone density, improved cardiorespiratory efficiency, increased metabolic efficiency, lowering of cholesterol, decreased body fat, increased lean body mass, increased tissue tensile strength, reduced risk of chronic disease, elevated mood, improved concentration and cognitive function, increased energy, reduced joint pain, improved sleep habits, and improved self-esteem.
We are never too old to start exercising. At BFC we have had many participants in their 80s and 90s. Please contact us at BFC, and let us help you get moving. Trust me, movement is the key to take care of your body so that you can enjoy life.”
Fall 2022 BFC & BFO Class Schedule
Monday 9:30 a.m. Flexibility for a Better You (Zoom only)
Tuesday 9:45 a.m. Staying Strong
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. Variety Mix
Thursday 11:00 a.m. Variety Mix
Thursday 12:15 p.m. Flexibility for a Better You
Thursday 1:30 p.m. Staying Strong
Thursday 6:00 p.m. BFO Walking/Hiking (meets at a Tally Park)
Classes meet in Moor Hall and are available on Zoom except as noted. For more information about BFC (Becoming Fit at Church) Exercise and BFO (Becoming Fit Outdoors) Walking/Hiking, please email [email protected]. Advance registration is required.