Take Aging -- And Arthritis -- To The Mat

It’s National Arthritis Month. If you have arthritis, you’re in good company: one out of every five adults, and 300,000 children in America have arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation. It’s the leading cause of disability, and research is underway in many areas to understand more about how to prevent and manage the various forms of this disease.

Arthritis and aging often go hand in hand, so if you want to counteract the effects of arthritis and aging—and who doesn’t?—give yoga a try. A new study by researchers at Ohio State University suggests that yoga may lower various compounds in the blood and reduce the inflammation that normal aging can bring.


Women who regularly practiced yoga had lower amounts of a substance called interleukin-6 (IL-6) in their blood, according to a study. IL-6 carries signals of inflammation between cells in the body, and high levels of IL-6 have been connected to heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and arthritis.


If you’re new to yoga, be sure to pay attention to your body. Not all instructors are tuned in to the needs and limitations of arthritic joints. Gwinnett Medical Center offers a variety of fitness classes year-round, including some designed specifically for people over age 50 (PrimeTime Health).  

Upcoming GMC Fitness and PrimeTime Health Classes
PrimeTime Health members receive a 10 percent discount on all non-PrimeTime Health classes. To register for a class, call 678-312-5000, or visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/classes.

Sign up for multiple classes at discounted rates:
Add a second class for only $50.
Add a third class for only $40.
Add a fourth class or more for only $30 each.


PrimeTime Health TAI CHI
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of gentle exercise and movements that can help improve balance, flexibility, strength and stamina.

Mondays, 2-3 p.m., July 7 – September 15
No class on September 1
Glancy Campus, Peach Room
3215 McClure Bridge Road
Duluth, GA 30096
Fee: $80 for 10-week series
Free Parking


PrimeTime Health STRENGTH BUILDING
This low impact strength training series incorporates a variety of activities to increase overall muscle strength, tone and stamina. This class incorporates a series of exercises that can be done either from a chair or from a standing position and is great for all fitness levels. 
Wednesdays, 10 – 11 a.m., July 9 – September 10
Glancy Campus, Peach Room
3215 McClure Bridge Road
Duluth, GA 30096
Fee: $80 for 10-week series
Free Parking

CIRCUIT TRAINING
Great for all fitness levels, circuit training alternates strength training exercises with low impact cardiovascular exercises to give you two workouts in one.  We combine intervals of cardio drills and muscle conditioning exercises to provide you with the ultimate circuit workout and calorie burn. 

Thursdays, 6 - 7 p.m., July 10 – September 11
Glancy Campus, Peach Room
3215 McClure Bridge Road
Duluth, GA 30096
Fee: $125 for 10-week series
Free Parking


YOGA
This class is great for individuals of all fitness levels.  A program of gentle stretching and breathing exercises helps to improve balance, joint health and relax the nervous system.

Tuesdays, 6 - 7 p.m., July 8 – September 9
Glancy Campus, Peach Room
3215 McClure Bridge Road
Duluth, GA 30096
Fee: $125 for 10-class series
Free Parking


ENDURANCE BOOT CAMP
For all fitness levels. This group session will incorporate a variety of cardio and strength building exercises designed for MAXIMUM calorie burn in the shortest amount of time.  This program also includes a nutrition plan that can be customized to fit your specific needs.  This unique mixture of cardio and strength training will get you fit, get you healthy, and most importantly we’ll have fun!

Mondays, 2 – 3 p.m., July 7 – September 15
No class on September 1
Glancy Campus, Peach Room
3215 McClure Bridge Road
Duluth, GA 30096
Fee: $125 for 10-class series
Free Parking




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