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Participants in the Easy Exercise class at the Halifax Public Library get a grip on their pilates balls.
SoVaNow.com / January 13, 2020

The South Boston and Halifax public library branches offer various ways to fulfill those New Year’s resolutions to improve your health, mentally and physically.

A popular class, Easy Exercise, is held every Friday at 10 a.m. at the Town of Halifax library branch. The 30-minute class is free and open to the public, and features low-impact exercises including yoga stretches and chair exercises.

The workouts are generally easy on the body, especially the joints, and can be a great way to get in a heart-pumping workout without incurring the risk of injury.

“It is a wonderful way to increase your level of fitness and health,” said Rona Collins, senior fitness instructor.

“We use Pilates balls and hula hoops, it’s a lot of fun,” said Collins. Many of her students have said how they can tell they are getting stronger and feeling better, Collins said.

“’Stronger body equals a healthy mind’ is one of my popular sayings,” said Collins. Some participants are working to recover from injuries or surgeries — knee or rotor cuff problems are common motivators for joining the class. Students range in age from 18 years old to 98 years young — an apt description for Library Board member Elizabeth Overton of Halifax, an Easy Exercise regular.

The exercise group has formed a bond and the networking helps to keep everyone participating on a weekly basis.

“We have a great turn-out for the exercise class,” said Jay Stephens, director of the Halifax County and South Boston Public Library system. Plus, “Rona is a terrific instructor and her class always has a great time,” added Stephens.

Another way to enhance your overall health, not only physically but mentally, is taking part in art classes. Creating art can improve mental, physical, and emotional wellness by helping to stimulate the mind.

At both library locations, different types of art classes are offered. Art for Adults will have their next class on January 24 at 10 a.m. in Halifax, and at 1 p.m. at the South Boston branch. The Art for Adults class consists of painting and drawing exercises. The class is led by Brittney Clay.

For those looking for more of a hands-on approach to art, the South Boston Library holds an Adult Creative Time class. In this class, participants get crafty by making items such as jewelry, candles and other trinkets. The Adult Creative Time is held every second Monday of the month from 1-3 p.m. and the class is led by Suzanne Reeves.

“These simple projects are great way to relax the mind for creativity to flow,” said Reeves.

In addition to the exercise and art classes, there are many videos available for check-out at the libraries, explaining healthy activities such as yoga, tai chi, and zumba. A variety of E-books is available for download, and classes can be viewed online at the libraries to broaden your mind and education.

“We find it heartwarming when people realize how much we have to offer,” said Stephens.



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