Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

June 9, 2014

Walk with Fair Park seniors on Mondays

CROSSVILLE — If you enjoy living, then you have to keep moving. Inactivity is the second leading preventable cause of death in the United States, next to smoking. You need to keep that ticker ticking and blood pumping. Walking strengthens your heart, if you would just take the time to walk three times a week for 30 minutes you can significantly increase your cardio respiratory fitness. Your overall health will improve. Forcing that oxygen rich blood into all your organs, muscles, bones and brain cells can make a huge difference.

Research shows walking helps to prevents type 2 diabetes and is very effective in decreasing body fatness. Walking reduces the risk of breast and colon cancer. It strengthens your bones, while improving fitness. Walking is good for your brain and helps alleviate symptoms of depression. Walking improves physical function and prevents physical disability in older persons.

Even better it is cheap and fun to walk with friends. Fair Park Senior Center volunteer John Dawson  stays busy in many ways and also participates in the Upper Cumberland Senior Olympics. He is leading the way for the senior center this summer with the walking club. The Obed River Park parking lot is where everyone is meeting every Monday morning to walk on the walking trail along the river. It is so nice! They are meeting at 9 a.m. to walk for an hour before it gets hot. Wear comfortable walking shoes, light clothing and bring water. Everyone can do it.

Tony Frise, Walgreen's store manager, is giving the first 50 folks who start walking a pedometer and a walker’s small backpack. So what are you doing on Monday morning? Get up and get to living with Fair Park.

Fair Park is for everyone who is 55-plus. The center is at 1433 Livingston Rd. Check out the website at www.fairparkseniorcenter or call them at 484-7416 for more information on all the activities that the center has to offer.

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