Juggling for all-around senior health

By Joan Nilon | Jun 05, 2014
Courtesy of: Karin Granstrom Gloria Anderson, Dottie Lund and Sylvia Ringen practice their juggling skills at a juggling class taught by instructor Randy Engel at the Edmonds Senior Center.

With all the advances of modern science, the Edmonds Senior Center (ESC) is offering the age-old activity of juggling to seniors to promote brain and body health.

Randy Engel, a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercises (ACE), and 35 years teaching experience in organic chemistry at a community college, will be teaching a four-week juggling program for seniors with no juggling experience from 10-11 a.m. Thursdays, June 12 to July 3.

Each class is $5, and drop-ins are welcome.

Engel said juggling is a fun way to improve coordination, increase range of motion and flexibility, improve upper body strength, reduce anxiety and improve concentration, as well as provide mild cardio activity.

Research shows juggling can increase the amount of white and gray brain matter in seniors and adults, and may indicate that the normal loss of brain cells with age can at least be partially counteracted by juggling, said Engel, who is also a certified senior fitness specialist.

The class will include both individual and group exercises, and Engel will provide individual instruction to accommodate different learning rates.

The class will start out doing simple exercises with one ball and progress to three-ball juggling.

“In teaching class, I make it possible for everybody to succeed and have fun,” Engel said.

For more information, email www.tawnydog@earthlink.net.

Registration is open in the Administration Office at ESC, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds, south of the ferry dock.

 

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