Penn State Extension is offering a group-based strength training program for adults ages 40 and above.
“Lifelong Improvements Through Fitness Together” is aimed at improving functional fitness, or the ability to perform daily activities with ease.
The eight-week course is from 1 to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, beginning Sept. 26 at Zion United Church of Christ, 225 Iron St., Lehighton.
Through moderated training exercises and basic nutrition information, participants will work toward achieving their personal goals in a group setting. The program is designed to improve strength, posture and flexibility, as well as emphasize the benefits of a healthy diet.
According to organizers, improved strength and bone density may reduce participants’ risk of osteoporosis and related fractures. In addition, the program may lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression and obesity.
Instructors note that this group-driven program serves to foster a sense of community, which has been linked to improved self-confidence, mood and vitality.
Participants can register through Sept. 20. Program fee is $60.