Janet_exerciseFitness is for everyone. It’s not just for thin young women in leotards who can perform yoga poses. Whether you are 22 or 102, being physically fit can help you continue doing the things that are most important to you – whether it’s being able to continue living in your own home, playing with your grandchildren on the floor (and getting back up again), or taking that bucket-list vacation.

Janet Lee has been a licensed physical therapist for 30 years. Her fitness programs are designed for older adult individuals at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of physical fitness. In addition to professional supervision, all of her group programs provide a fun, friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Learn more about your options here.

Better Bones and Balance®

lady_bendingBetter Bones & Balance is a group program for anyone over the age of 50 or anyone who has been diagnosed with thinning bones (osteopenia or osteoporosis [link]). Regular participation in this class will make it easier for you to do the things you need and want to do each day. Your legs will be stronger and your balance will improve.

The Better Bones & Balance Program (BBB) is based on research from Oregon State University’s Bone Research Laboratory. Study participants who performed balance and strength exercises using weighted vests reduced their rate of hip bone loss and reduced their risk of falls. The BBB classes are designed to gradually improve balance and strength to avoid falls and maintain independence.


EnhanceFitness® is a low-cost group exercise program that focuses on cardiovascular exercise, strength training, balance, and flexibility — everything older adults need to maintain health and function as they age. The EnhanceFitness level 1 class is oriented towards the less fit older adult who has not recently been exercising regularly.

Participants’ progress can be followed with fitness checks at the time of enrollment, again at four months, and as often as needed. EnhanceFitness has been proven to increase strength, boost activity levels, and improve mood.

New Participants

For those who are new to group fitness programs or who haven’t exercised in a long time, several options are available:

  • Monthly sample classes at the Timpany Center
  • Individual consultations with Janet Lee for proper class placement
  • Short-term physical therapy evaluation and treatment
  • (coming soon) Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration instruction

Exercise for knee arthritis

I’m old enough to remember when the nutritional supplements glucosamine and chondroitin first came out, and how many people started using them as an alternative or in addition to standard pain relievers for arthritis. What many people don’t know is that follow up studies of these supplements showed that for most people, they are no …

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Weighted vests can help bones

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal discusses the benefits to your bones of wearing a weighted vest while walking, running, or jumping. Weighted vests are a part of the Better Bones and Balance program at the Timpany Center and Westminster Presbyterian Church. If you’d like to try them out, join the class!

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