COUNCIL ON AGING TO OFFER FREE NATIONAL STRENGTH, BALANCE & FITNESS S.A.I.L. PROGRAM

Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) is an evidence-based strength, balance and fitness program for adults 60 and older. The Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging (NPCOA) is proud to offer older adults this program in two separate classes, meeting twice a week, at no charge in person and via ZOOM.

The SAIL program is proven to improve strength, balance and fitness in older adults if taken two to three times a week. The NPCOA will offer the hour-long SAIL classes on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays at 10:00AM beginning Wednesday, July 7th and online via Zoom. Participants are encouraged to sign up early as there are a limited amount of spaces for this class. SAIL can be done from a standing or seated position.

Performing exercises that focus on strength, balance, and fitness is the most important activity that adults can do to stay active and reduce their chances of falling. The entire curriculum of activities in the SAIL Program can help improve strength and balance, if done regularly. The class is divided into five sections that include a warm-up, aerobics, balance (dynamic and static balance exercises), strength and stretching. All five sections can be done in a seated or standing position; therefore, the class is an ALL levels class.
The NPCOA took the time during the pandemic to research fitness programs that were evidence-based and capitalized on the option that this class could be grant-funded if offered over Zoom as well as in-person classes. This year, the NPCOA certified four teachers to be able to teach the SAIL program. The program has been piloted locally for 6 weeks, in which participants have noticed improvements in strength, balance and cardiovascular health. “I typically take several classes a week at the Council and the gym, however, with the pandemic, I noticed I lost a decent amount of strength during day-to-day activities. When the NPCOA began the pilot of the SAIL class I knew I needed to jump in. I began with 2lb weights and now am working out with 5 pounds! I will continue taking SAIL classes when the council begins public classes next month!,” SAIL pilot program participant.

The Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging will open Thursday, July 1 with a kick-off celebration at 10 AM. An information table will be set-up with instructors and participants of the SAIL program. We encourage anyone to visit. Due to the nature of the program and so that instructors keep participants’ safety at the forefront of all classes, the SAIL program class will be limited. Please call the Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging, 318-357-3250 to find out more and to receive the required paperwork to get enrolled.


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