Above: Seniors participate in a swimming class at Quest Fitness in Kennebunk. Right: Atria Senior Living resident Irene LeClerc poses with dumbbells.

Above: Seniors participate in a swimming class at Quest Fitness in Kennebunk. Right: Atria Senior Living resident Irene LeClerc poses with dumbbells.

KENNEBUNK — Exercise at any age is quite important as it helps the body to function at its best performance. This is especially true for senior citizens and is recognized by Atria Senior Living as part of its essential programming opportunities of daily living.

Resident Irene LeClerc is fairly new to Atria Kennebunk. Since being there, she has achieved the Presidential Active Life Style Awards fitness program through the International Council of Active Aging and attends Atria’s exercise classes each morning from arthritis class, band stretch and chair tai chi, to yoga. Recently, she requested to take swimming classes and said all she needed were water shoes.

 

 

LeClerc now enjoys aqua cardio and strength with vibrant local seniors from the community at Quest Fitness. It’s an all-levels, low-impact class featuring increased movement for cardio, strength, stretching and core work to give participants an entire body workout. It is led by a rotation of three instructors: Jo O’Connor, Anne Doiron, and Alanna Richard.

“You can go at your pace and I like that I can get my exercise in. It’s fun! The class was a bit of a challenge the first time, but (by) the second I wasn’t a bit worried,” LeClerc in a recent press release.