NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Seniors want to be physically and mentally fit. The conclusion was drawn by the Nacogdoches Senior Center shortly after expanding its exercise program. Now, the center is fully utilizing a new fitness center.
Inside the Nacogdoches Senior Fitness Center, you'll find at least three times a week a roomful of students improving their minds and bodies.
"We're going to do the Parting Sky and the Rodeo," Jenny Tseng, a tai chi instructor.
Jenny Tseng begins a Tai Chi class, just one of five different fitness classes now offered at the Nacogdoches Senior Center.
The interest in Asian martial arts, advanced yoga, functional fitness and even line dancing was a huge, but welcomed surprise for Senior Center Director, Tammy Blank.
"We kinda took a leap of faith because we really didn't know what the reaction would be," said Tammy Blank, the director of the Nacogdoches Senior Center.
Seniors easily justified the two-year funding effort to build the fitness center.
Student Charlotte Levy said the classes help her cope after her husband passed away.
"You just feel like doing things, getting outside, enjoying yourself," Levy said. "It's helped tremendously. You just have a better outlook on life."
The formula for a happier and healthier life is a social setting, good nutrition, and exercise. Some patrons are well into their 90s.
"We have ladies that have lost weight," Blank said. "We have ladies that have either cut their blood pressure medication in half or are completely off the blood pressure medication."
Whether it be a quick jaunt around the walking track, or Asian martial arts, the Nacogdoches Fitness Center is staying busy making lives healthier. Discussion is underway about adding afternoon classes.
For more information on the programs offered by the Nacogdoches Senior Center, click this link.