Eye on Fitness: Lauren Maxwell
ANCHORAGE - About three in five adults in Alaska are overweight or obese. Our children are worse off.
State health officials say at this rate, many of them won't live as long as their parents.
So in an effort to encourage you to get up and get moving, KTVA CBS 11 will be airing a special series this week: Eye on Fitness.
KTVA CBS 11's Lauren Maxwell shows us how she works out: one step at a time.
There's nothing new about step aerobics. It’s been around forever, but there's a reason why classes like this at the Dimond Athletic Club are still popular – step is a low pressure, fun way to stay in shape that works for every age and ability.
Many of the people in this class have been coming for years, including me. I like the group dynamic that keeps me moving, even if I feel like pooping out. Others say they like the social aspect, and frankly, having someone tell them what to do.
Step is considered lighter on the joints than running or jogging, but it’s still what’s called a load bearing exercise, meaning the impact of sneaker on bench or floor strengthens both muscle and bones. Music helps to motivate, and even if you aren't particularly coordinated......which I am not, there's still plenty to be gained
There's another component to this class that I particularly love – after the cardio workout comes weight training, great for middle-aged folks like me who want to stay strong.
The series continues this week with Bill McAllister on the tennis court, Corey Allen-Young and Janessa Webb playing basketball, Brett Shepard playing soccer, and Grace Jang practicing pilates.