New Mexico fitness program for seniors receives national award

Updated: 05/29/2014 6:01 PM | Created: 05/29/2014 3:52 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A New Mexico fitness program was just given the National Innovative Program Award from the National Senior Game Association. The program is called “EnhanceFitness” and it’s aimed at improving the health and lives of seniors.

The class is all about independence – just ask 84 year-old, Peggy Galbreth. “I feel amazing. I’m healthy and I know it’s exercise,” said Peggy Galbreth of Albuquerque.

“EnhanceFitness” is offered all across New Mexico.

Connie Tachias teaches a class at the North Domingo Multigenerational Center in Albuquerque. Tachias said the class is functional and is also making the students more active in their day-to-day lives.

“I’ve been landscaping, working on the house. The honey due list is getting accomplished, you know what I’m saying,” said Michael Urioste.

“When you use the weights that all helps and I can lift pots and a lot of things other people my age can’t,” said Peggy.

Peggy said with age, comes some body pain, but she credits the class for helping her tame it. “If I don’t come, you know, my hip will start hurting and it’s just wonderful. You gotta move. Keep moving, you know, and then the pains go away,” added Peggy.

Contact New Mexico Senior Olympics for a class near you: (888) 623-6676

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