The Senior Center of the Chathams has added the Wednesday class back into the schedule of Tone & Flex classes-- offering it from 9 to 10 am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Instructor, Donna Sue Dowton starts the class with a warm–up period of low impact aerobics followed by strength, balance and flexibility exercises using weights, bands and stability balls. Ms Dowton is adding additional emphasis on “posture and balance through strength and flexibility” following her recent completion of certifications centered on that topic. All classes are designed to accommodate any level of ability and fitness. Participants are encouraged to work at his or her own pace and use appropriate weights for their individual situation. Ms Dowton’s class is fun as well as challenging; participants receive a good workout with a variety of exercises that work and stretch all muscle groups. They have reported an improvement in their stamina, strength and flexibility and improvement in their balance.
 
Ms. Dowton is a YMCA certified instructor specializing in senior exercise and has been teaching at the Senior Center for 10 years.  In addition to the Balance and Posture, she is also certified in: Exercise & Arthritis and Exercise for Knee & Hip Replacement, Balance Training, Exercise for Osteoporosis, Stretching Anatomy, Yoga Prevention for Low Back Pain, Yoga Anatomy, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CE Course).
 
Classes are held in the gym of the Chatham Twp. Municipal building at 58 Meyersville Rd. and generally have about 12-15 participants attending, allowing good supervision by the instructor. The cost of a 12-class session (3 days per week) is $48 and for 2 days per week it is $40. Classes will continue through the summer. Please call the Senior Center at (973) 635-4565 for further information or stop by any class to try it out free of charge or obligation. Open to all. Those interested are welcome to begin classes at any time in the session and the cost will be prorated accordingly.