NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Fitness instructor Karen McDonnell led a group of Hugh A. Doyle Senior Center seniors in a weekly senior exercise class Friday morning in conjunction with her usual visit to instruct senior citizens about how to exercise.
“It makes them feel good,” McDonnell said. “It makes them happy.”
Fifteen seniors participated in the class that helps increase blood flow, assists those with diabetic conditions and allows seniors to gain enough stability for themselves so that they don’t fall.
“They enjoy it,” McDonnell said. “They get more energy. When old people get stiff it (exercise) loosens up the joints.”
Charlotte Theodoratos is one senior who enjoys coming to the class for the opportunity to improve her physical and emotional well-being.
“It contributes to my health and flexibility,” Theodoratos said. “I also do yoga and Tai Chi.” Senior Yoga classes are held Thursday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Seniors also have an opportunity partake in a senior exercise class Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. with Charles Bronz.
“It’s really good for everybody,” said Executive Director Phillis Maucieri.
The center also offers other dance classes throughout the week beginning with freestyle dance classes offered Mondays at 10:30 a.m., which is followed by belly dancing from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Aquacise classes are offered on Thursdays in July and August from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Pool near Lincoln Avenue.