Moving in the Mountains

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If you are interested in being more active, N.C. Cooperative Extension of Swain County has several opportunities for you. Keep reading to learn more about Walkie Talkies, L.I.F.T., and 4-H Family Fitness.

Maintaining strong social connections plays a major role in our mental and physical health. Many people are feeling more isolated due to the recent pandemic. Experts tell us that those who have a strong social support network appear to be happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer. Strong social connections can also strengthen your immune system and aid you in recovering from disease.

Why not strengthen your social connections and your fitness level at the same time by joining us for one of these great opportunities that will get you moving in the mountains.

During each of these classes, we will practice all physical distancing and safety guidelines so that we can gather in a safe environment.

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L to R Dee Decker, Ron Hardin, Rob Hawk, Leslee McCowan and Susan Casada (photo courtesy of Kyla-Jo Farmer)

Walkie Talkies

Would you like to join a fun walking group? Do you want relief from arthritis or joint discomfort? Whatever your pace, either walking to observe and meander through nature, to get your heart rate up, or maybe both, Walkie Talkies can help support your fitness goals.

Walkie Talkies is a self-paced walking program that meets on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. (weather permitting) at Deep Creek.


L.I.F.T. is the Lifelong Improvements through Fitness Together designed by Virginia Tech. This program promotes healthy lifestyle behaviors for adults of all ages and fitness levels. The weight-bearing exercises can be modified to be easier or more difficult depending on your physical ability.

L.I.F.T. meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. beginning April 13, 2021, at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Swain County office.

To maintain physical distancing guidelines, L.I.F.T. will be limited to eight participants and masks must be worn while exercising.

4-H Family Fitness

4-H Family Fitness is a partnership between Family and Consumer Sciences, Swain County 4-H, and community volunteers to offer a fun-filled cardio class. 4-H Family Fitness meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 4 p.m. and is for youth ages 5+ and adults.

This class will meet outside (weather permitting) at the N.C. Cooperative Extension-Swain County Center beginning Monday, April 12, and is led by Shaylina Cochran.

Family FitnessThis class offers a variety of exercises and can be tailored to your fitness level and will include cardio, barre, HIIT, step aerobics, and strength training. Youth can participate alongside a parent and will learn to enjoy exercising and how to have a healthy body.

Whenever you are starting a new exercise program, please consult with your physician and discuss any healthy issues or concerns.

For more information on how you join these classes and the cost to participate, please call the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Swain County at (828) 488-3848.