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Exercise class workin' up a sweat

PINE PLAINS — Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, the community room above the new Pine Plains Free Library has become a hot spot for keeping in shape and making some friends while doing it. Members of the town’s senior exercise class, which used to meet in the town’s Presbyterian church for their hour-long routine, are loving the spacious area they have now to work up a sweat and catch up with friends.

Katherine Tenore started organizing the events after she moved from Milan and wanted to start up a class in town.

“It’s great,” she said. “Exercise-wise, it’s definitely a good thing, and we socialize and visit outside of class as well.”

The class varies in size from about 10 to 20 participants. Everyone agreed that it was something they looked forward to going to every week, and participants miss very few classes.

“I hate it when I can’t make it,” said Bea Aldrich. “It makes me more flexible and gives me less arthritis pain.”

Feel free to count along with the various exercises Tenore leads the group through, but don’t worry, you won’t have to run a marathon. The routines work out the arms and legs, using velcro-attached weights that are provided free-of-charge. The classes are sponsored by the county’s Office of the Aging and are free as well.

To sign up, Tenore explained, all you need is an application and a doctor’s certificate. Applications are available at any one of the exercise classes, which are held from 10 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday on the second floor of the Pine Plains Free Library. A donation of $25 is suggested but not required. There is no age requirement.

“Now if only one brave man would come,” Aldrich lamented, and the class laughed. “I’ve signed up several, but once they find out [it’s all women] they don’t come!”

For more information, call Tenore at 518-398-7710.

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