MASON — They might be getting older, but they have no intentions of slowing down.
“Still Kickin’” is an exercise group, made up of women ranging in age from 76 to 102 who meet weekly at the Mason Senior Center.
Led by Ann Dalton, executive administrative assistant with the Mason County Action Group, and assisted by Angie Fields, the group participates in physical activity mostly while being seated. With tunes like Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart” playing, the women pass balls around in circles. Every time they hear the word “heart,” they bend over at the waist.
“You don’t know it’s exercise because it’s fun,” said Shirley Tucker, one of about a dozen participants.
The group follows the Healthy Steps Program, which is designed to maximize participation and activity, regardless of physical ability. Dalton said the exercises can be done seated or standing, but due to limited space, the Mason group sits in a circle.
While different parts of the body are used during various exercise sessions, the group worked on upper body this week. Easy-to-do motions, like “hugging a tree” and “washing the window” allow the women to regain or maintain range of motion and increase flexibility.
“It motivates me to do more (exercise) at home,” said Emma Kearns, another participant.
The ladies enjoy the class so much they recently ordered matching pink shirts to wear. The group has bonded outside of the class, as well.
“It’s all about the fellowship,” stated group member Agnes Roush.
Members of the class include Geraldine Roush, Margaret Flowers, Orpha Fields, Mary Ann Richards, Shirley Tucker, Peggy Edwards, Carol Dudding, Pat Allensworth, Mary Roush, Emma Kearns, Agnes Roush, Eleanor Davis, and Pam Kearns.
“Still Kickin’” meets every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for an hour at the Mason Senior Center. Anyone over the age of 60 is invited to participate.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.