The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to attend two free fitness programs starting in April. Registration is required by contacting Melissa Lindeman at mlindeman.

Walk with Ease, 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through May 18, Auld Pavilion in Antelope Park, 1650 Memorial Drive – This six-week program teaches participants how to safely make physical activity part of everyday life. The walking program is designed to reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis; increase balance, strength and walking pace; build confidence in the ability to be physically active; and improve overall health.

Fit and Strong, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, April 9 through June 13, “F” Street Recreation Center, 1225 “F” Street – This program is designed for older adults with osteoarthritis or other mobility limitations. Classes include exercises incorporating stretching and flexibility, walking, strength training, balance exercises, health education and group problem solving.

“Participants say that the Fit and Strong program has helped them, and that they would recommend it to a friend,” said program leader Melissa Lindeman. “Reported benefits include decreased arthritis pain and stiffness, increased physical activity and independence and a feeling of more confidence and control. Some even report a reduction in anxiety and depression.

The programs are partially funded by the National Parks and Recreation Association. More information on Parks and Recreation is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.


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