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FUNctional Training

Increase strength, improve balance, move better and feel energized with FUNctional Training. The classes include effective cardiovascular exercise, scalable strength training and balance exercises.

Classes are Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the Athens Community Council on Aging, 135 Hoyt St. It’s free for members of ACCA’s Center for Active Living ($50 annual membership).

Two orthopedic practices merge

Athens Orthopedic Clinic and Athens Bone and Joint are merging effective July 1. Beginning on July 2, Athens Bone and Joint physicians will begin seeing patients on the AOC campus at 1765 Old W. Broad St. Dr. David Bacastow of ABJ will retire from orthopedic practice.

Really short workouts

Don’t have time for a 30-minute or 60-minute workout routine? Try H.I.I.T., which stands for High-intensity interval training. It’s based on the idea that short bursts of strenuous exercise can have a big impact on the body. You can try it with any aerobic activity, be it running, biking, stair climbing, swimming, even skipping.

You’re required to push your body near its limit but it’s not a run-till-your-lungs-pop explosion, either, writes Tara Parker-Pope in the New York Times. Think breathless, not winded. Heart-pounding, not exploding. Use cues from your body as a guide. In the middle of the workout you should be able to say single words but not whole sentences. There’s help too with a variety of apps like the 7-minute workout and the 9-minute workout.

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