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February 1, 2013

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“It helps with blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis ­ many things,” she said.

“The health benefits are endless. Not only that, it boosts your mood.” Phyllis Sharum uses the facility, which is for women only, and said she’s made a lot of friends there and has some good laughs with them. Her doctor told her it’s been so good for her she shouldn’t stop.

“A lot of times people don’t take the time,” she said. “If they would, they would see how it helps. It helps with range of motion a lot.” Fitness For You is a 30-minute circuit that works all the muscle groups, head to toe, according to Cecil. She said it can be adapted to individual fitness levels.

Instructor and fitness assistant Debbie Wilson said the program is doctor-approved and built for women. She said it helps with strengthening, balance and toning.

“There’s no weight changing,” Wilson said. “You use your own body resistance.” Sue Allen, another instructor and fitness assistant, said several women have told her it helps simply with their ability to walk.

“I’ve had a lot of girls say if they haven’t been in for a couple weeks they can really tell a difference,” she said.

Nelda Ellis said she first used Fitness For You two years ago.

“I really was in pretty bad shape,” she said. “I was not sure I could do it, but now I’m much better.” Cecil said it’s never too late to start exercising.

“Age is just a number,” Wilson added. “It’s what you do with it.” Just For You Day will have an open-house format so ladies can stop by at their convenience between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., participate in whatever they wish, and leave when they’re ready. Parking is available behind the building, as well as on Main Street.

Cecil said last year more than 100 women participated, and she hopes at least that many ‹ and more ‹ will participate this year.

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