In early January, Polly Munts Talen (AKA Paulette) offered a workout session for those of us who have been a tad sedentary during the pandemic or whose New Year’s resolutions include moving more. Polly led us through an age appropriate routine designed to help folks become more active and increase strength and stability while aging.
It was such a popular hour of fitness, balance, strengthening, and stretching exercises that Polly is now offering it every Sunday we don't have another Virtually Verdant session scheduled. Send Polly a note (email@example.com) to get on the Saturday reminder list is you want to join in the fun.
(Photo of Polly hamming it up, trying to look like a fitness instructor)
While active much of her life (she won hoop rolling, after all), Polly actually resisted structured exercise programs for 50 years—partly because she confesses to being "rhythmically-challenged." At Wellesley, she joined the basketball team between the fall and spring crew seasons simply to avoid winter crew conditioning.
All that changed a year ago, when Polly took a class specifically for seniors at her local community center. When it was canceled due to Covid-19, she started leading her sister, her partner Peg, and a Wellesley friend through the program over Zoom two to three times a week. She named it ”Sweat with Paulette."
Polly (aka Paulette) became such a fan of developing fitness through these routines, she went on to become a certified instructor of this evidenced-based strength, balance, fitness class. Be warned—her rhythm has not improved…but she does have fun.
The session was especially geared to those of us who have not been very active. And she suggested that if folks were already in shape, they could join anyway for some '77 hilarity, and challenge yourself by doing everything double time or double the exertion.
All folks needed for the session was room to move, a chair, two cans of soup (or beans, etc.) to use as weights, comfortable clothes and shoes and a water bottle.