Fitness classes to improve balance, strength and flexibility

Kim Kubsch

Improving balance is a great investment for anyone over 50. Why? Balance is one key skill we tend to lose as we age, so maintaining it is important. It’s a use-it-or-lose-it proposition.

When balancing, we are not only working the often-neglected stabilizer muscles, we are also improving our joint stability and internal focus. Balance-focused activities will challenge our body’s vestibular and musculoskeletal systems as well as our proprioception (the body’s ability to recognize where the joints and limbs are located in space).

Most of us don’t take the time to think what little quality of life we would have if our independence were taken away. Preventing falls and/or injuries is so much more rewarding (and less expensive) than reacting to them.

Balance can be improved with both still balance exercises that are repeated every day. Balance can also be enhanced with the dynamic series of slow, flowing movements of easy and gentle Tai Chi.

A $5 investment per class is worth your time and energy to choose from either the Better Balance or Easy & Gentle Tai Chi-Qigong or both!

* Better Balance class (all abilities), Sun Lakes Country Club Mirror Room – New! Thursdays, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. No class on July 4 and 11

* Tai Chi-Qigong class (mixed levels), Sun Lakes Country Club Mirror Room on Thursdays, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. No class on July 4 and 11

Drop in anytime – all ages and abilities are welcome – $5.00 fee per class and wear comfortable clothing and rubber-soled shoes with a back.

For more information about classes focusing on safe movements, balance, fall prevention and Tai Chi-Qigong by Kim Kubsch, visit

Kim’s balance and Tai Chi-Qigong DVDs Hello Tai Chi, Goodbye Stress, Forever Young Tai Chi and Make your Balance Great Again can be purchased on her website or at any class. She can be contacted at [email protected] or call 480-392-3436.