Exercise programs can help you keep New Year's resolutions WEST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

January 13, 1993|By LARRY STURGILL

For all of us who made a New Year's resolution to make the effort to get in shape, don't put it off again like most of us did last year or the same thing will happen -- absolutely nothing! By year's end, we'll be standing in front of the mirror glumly staring at clothes that don't fit anymore, and agonizing over those extra 10 pounds we put on.

Now is the time for action. Ready? On the count of three -- one, two, three -- get off the sofa, or out of that too comfortable easy chair. The means to a healthier, and probably happier, life, may only be a phone call away.

Oh yes, and turn off the television. It is probably the greatest cause for the rise of obesity and its related illnesses. Just remember, the terms "couch potato" and "snack food" post-date the age of television.

Of even more concern should be the more recent threat to our youth, and some adults I know. It's called Nintendo, et al., which not coincidently requires a television to function. The result is a new disease called "nintendoitis." Those afflicted quickly develop finger muscles stronger than their leg muscles. And, there is a hideous side effect, atrophy of the brain, which greatly reduces the desire to learn anything except how to help Mario save the Mushroom Kingdom and rescue Princess Toadstool.

All is not lost, however. One of the advantages to living in Columbia is that almost every sport, athletic and exercise program imaginable is readily available. Parents can sign their kids into any of dozens of youth sport programs. The same is true for the parents. Literally dozens of sport programs are available for adults, even senior citizens.

For the less sports-minded, but still health-concerned adults, there are many other options. If you are a CA Package Plan member, you have a vast array of exercise options available to you at the Columbia Athletic Club (730-6744) and the Supreme Sports Club (381-5355). Don't hesitate to use them! Both locations have skilled and friendly staffs who will be happy to familiarize you with the facilities and the equipment, and to help start you on a regular, self-motivated exercise program. And, if you feel you require the regimentation of an instructed program, those are also available.

There are many other exercise options available in the Columbia area. Over the years, one of the most popular has been the Jackie Sorenson Aerobic Dance classes. Classes are currently available at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center (730-3987), Kahler Hall in Harper's Choice Village Center (730-3888), and Linden Hall in Dorsey's Search Village Center (730-4005).

Also popular are Rene Thomas' Jazzercise programs, now running at Kahler Hall, and the JC Bodyworks step aerobic programs available at Slayton House.

Pick up the phone and call any of the above telephone numbers for exact times and details on these exercise programs.

While on the subject of exercise, why not get those old tap shoes out of the closet and head for Slayton House in Wilde Lake village center this Friday, where dancer and choreographer Lisa Yanguas will instruct a new winter tap dancing class.

Beginners will learn the rhythm technique of tap dancing, and former tappers will be able to refresh their memories and their tap technique.

Classes will begin this Friday, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and continue for six weeks. The total cost is $42.

For additional information or registration, call 730-3987.

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Most people have heard of living trusts, but many don't understand exactly what they are, and their advantage over a common will.

For those who want to learn about living trusts, a seminar on "Estate Planning With Living Trusts" will be offered at the Hawthorne Neighborhood Center in Hickory Ridge village center on Monday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Some of the topics to be covered are: how to avoid probate and guardianship proceedings; how you can control the disposition of your assets at death; and the right and wrong way to leave money to children.

The cost of the seminar is $5 and seating is limited. For reservations, call 1-800-536-6763.

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