5 resources that help Cobb County retirees stay fit

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5 resources that help Cobb County retirees stay fit

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Provident Village on South Cobb Drive near I-285 in Smyrna is one of many new assisted living facilities for metro Atlanta's growing, aging population.

Cobb County retirees, just because you're retired now doesn't mean you can't stay fit and healthy. In fact, living in Cobb County means that you'll have access to some of the most amazing health and wellness opportunities in the South. From fitness classes to health seminars, retired seniors in Cobb truly have it all. Check out the fantastic wellness options available to you in your county.

Healthy cooking classes

Senior Wellness Center. 1150 Powder Springs St., Suite 100, Marietta, Ga. 30064. 770-528-5355. www.cobbcounty.org.

In order to stay healthy after retirement, your diet often needs a little adjustment. Although it isn't always easy to change old cooking habits, the Senior Wellness Center offers a wide variety of healthy cooking class all year long. Take the Cooking Lighter class if you need to find out how to create healthier, lighter meals, without sacrificing taste. The course will teach you how to transform recipes to suit your specific dietary needs, creating nutrient-rich, low-sodium and low-fat dishes. If you're up for an adventure, take the Foodie Road Trip class with a friend or two. You'll go on a guided food tour through Cook's Warehouse, Whole Foods Market and Sprouts Market to see cooking demonstrations, taste delicious fare and find out how to pick out the best fresh produce.

Natural health seminars

Senior Wellness Center. 1150 Powder Springs St., Suite 100, Marietta, Ga. 30064. 770-528-5355. www.cobbcounty.org.

Incorporating natural health into your lifestyle plan could help you achieve the best health possible. The Senior Wellness Center in Marietta also offer retirees a wide variety of seminars, classes and workshops to help you learn how to maintain good health and keep a toxin-free environment at home. The Gyrokinesis Workshop available at the center teaches you how to open energy pathways, increase range of motion, improve the nervous system and increase overall strength through special movements just right for seniors. The Toxins in the Home class helps you learn different ways to improve your health by decreasing the amount of chemicals found in your home environment, while the Essential Oils Workshop will teach you the healing power of pure essential oils and how you can use them in your everyday life.

The New Life Walkers Club

Senior Wellness Center. 1150 Powder Springs St., Suite 100, Marietta, Ga. 30064. 770-528-5355. www.cobbcounty.org.

If you enjoy walking to stay fit and healthy or need a little motivation to help you lose weight and feel great, the New Life Walkers Club offers support, encouragement and motivation to help you get up and get moving. Plus, you just might find the perfect walking buddy to chit-chat with while on your daily walk.

Exercise classes

Senior Wellness Center. 1150 Powder Springs St., Suite 100, Marietta, Ga. 30064. 770-528-5355. www.cobbcounty.org.

Staying fit through your senior years will help you live a more active and participatory life. Take advantage of the many exercise classes designed just for seniors at the Senior Wellness Center. The Tai Chi-Qigong class teaches you specific movements and breathing techniques to create a meditative exercise that improves relaxation, flexibility and strength. Gentle Yoga provides you with a softer form of yoga practice that can help gain flexibility without causing injury. The Strong Seniors Total Body Conditioning class uses resistance bands, weights and exercise balls to increase muscle strength and range of movement.

Dance classes

West Cobb Senior Center. 4915 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs, Ga. 30127. 770-528-8200. www.cobbcounty.org.

Dancing isn't just for the young. In fact, dancing can help you stay fit and healthy no matter your age. The West Cobb Senior Center offers many dance classes just right for seniors, and you don't even need a partner to attend - just show up ready to have a great time. You'll find both beginner and intermediate Line Dance classes if you want to learn how to line dance or refine your skills. If you're looking for something a bit more classical, try out the Waltz Two Step class.

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