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Exercise and Fitness

Exercise is not just a weight loss tool — it's an effective "medicine" for disease prevention and treatment.

December

Community Education
Red Wing, MN In Person Virtual

This ongoing weekly class allows people to adapt the practices to make them comfortable for their bodies. The approach is therapeutic and emphasizes breath-focused movement to support the spine and focusing the mind. The class is appropriate for people of all ages and abilities, including beginners.

Each session will include a check-in, movement and breathing practices, and a guided relaxation practice.

Participants will learn tools to release tension, increase flexibility and core strength, improve posture and balance, and relax the mind and body. Participants register for six sessions to be used within nine weeks. Michele Hoffman, a Mayo Clinic Health System Integrative Medicine & Health certified yoga therapist, will teach the classes in person and virtual on Zoom.

Community Education
Red Wing, MN In Person

This ongoing weekly class includes a gentle movement practice, relaxation techniques and breathing practices to reduce pain, improve sleep, increase energy, restore balance, and improve your attitude and overall quality of life. The class is personalized to meet participant needs. For these yoga poses, participants will sit in a chair and stand using a chair for balance. This class may help people with chronic health conditions, such as pain, diabetes, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and arthritis.

Participants register for six sessions to be used within nine weeks. Michele Hoffman, a Mayo Clinic Health System Integrative Medicine & Health certified yoga therapist, will teach the classes in person.

Fitness & Weight Management
Virtual

This virtual 10-week exercise class is for people with chronic pain conditions. Participants will learn a basic exercise routine and get education about living with chronic pain. The class is hosted by Mayo Clinic Health System Rehabilitation Services staff. Register once and join any session.

Do not participate in this class if you have any of these conditions:

  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Uncontrolled heart rhythms (arrhythmia)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • New neurologic symptoms that you have not discussed with your physician (e.g. dizziness, blurry vision, change in taste or smell)

If you have any of the above conditions, but your symptoms are controlled well with medication or inhalers and your provider has cleared you to exercise, it is safe for you to participate.

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