LEWISTON – Central Maine Medical Center’s Health and Wellness Services is offering the following programs beginning on Monday, Feb. 27:

Back Breakers: Take a break and strengthen the back. Learn to increase core strengths, prevent injury, improve the strength of abdominal and low back muscles and trim a couple of inches from the mid-section. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Boot Camp: The class is designed to tone and strengthen the entire body and get the heart pumping. A low choreography, high-impact class for any fitness level. Fridays from 6 to 6:45 a.m.

Fit n’ Fun: An exercise class designed for the over 55 crowd. Improve aerobic capacity, strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss: Topics include importance of exercise, helpful tips to improve diet, food portions and servings, benefits of fiber, stress reduction, understanding food labels, reducing fat intake, tips on eating out and at special occasions and handling cravings. March 1, 8, 15 and 29 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

People With Arthritis Can Exercise: The program is designed for people with arthritis, myofascial pain and fibromyalgia. Participants work in a low-key fashion to increase flexibility, range of motion and balance. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Personal Fitness: Begins with a one-on-one evaluation and program development session with a personal health counselor, then progresses to a structured group exercise plan. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m., 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Personal Training: Personal trainers can help anyone, regardless of physical condition or age. A qualified, properly trained personal trainer can help individuals safely start and maintain an effective exercise program, understand fitness goals and achieve them. Personal trainers can be a source of motivation and encouragement, as well as a resource for the latest objective health and fitness information. Participants will learn to fit exercise into a busy schedule and make the most of their time in the gym.

Step Aerobics: A heart-pumping, muscle-moving and grooving workout. Alternates step with muscle work using weights, tubing. A cardio workout and head-to-toe body strengthener. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Wellness for Life: The special exercise and wellness class is designed for people with cancer, whether in treatment or post-treatment. A personal health counselor will instruct the class while participants work gently to increase range of motion, flexibility and energy levels. Sessions include 30 minutes of group exercise and 30 minutes of instruction in a variety of mind-body-spirit techniques, including nutrition, meditation and stress management. Participants work together in a supportive, non-competitive group atmosphere. Spouses, caregivers and family members are also welcome. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Yoga for Life (a component of Wellness for Life): An eight-week program featuring gentle yoga and simple, relaxing meditation exercises. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Yoga: Participants will be introduced to the world of relaxation and rejuvenation through yoga. Skills learned through the program will include centering and balancing through poses, breathing exercise, meditation and relaxation. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. or Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Kickboxing: Fast-paced class based on traditional kicking and punching techniques choreographed into combinations for building strength and coordination. Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m.

Belly Dancing: Instructor Lisa Cummings, aka Imari, will teach the exercise class. She trained in Boston and has performed professionally for more than 13 years. No prior experience is necessary. Suitable for all ages. Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tai Chi: Tai chi movements express the yin and yang components that are fundamental to Chinese medicine. Balance and harmony are stressed through physical activities that can improve stamina, muscle tone, agility, flexibility and cardiovascular function. Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Health and Wellness Center, 12 High Street Medical Office Building. Fees are assessed for participation in the programs. Call 795-2473 to register or to obtain more information.


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