Let’s Get Moving in the Mountains!

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

Maintaining strong social connections plays a major role in our mental and physical health. 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.

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 9:00 a.m. (weather permitting) at Deep Creek picnic area.


L.I.F.T. class is back by popular demand. If you’re asking why should you participate – It’s fun! L.I.F.T. can improve your social and physical health. We are all aging so we might as well get stronger with age.

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 the SCC-Swain Center at 11:00 a.m. through April.

Tai Chi

There are many styles and forms of tai chi but if you are looking to improve your balance and prevent falls, this class is for you. Learn the essential principles that include mind and body connection, slow and controlled movements and mental concentration along with the six basic tai chi movements.

A few of the health benefits of tai chi include increased flexibility, muscle strength and fitness, reduced stress and feeling more relaxed and improved posture.

Join Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention at the Swain Senior Center on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.

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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, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. and is for youth ages 5+ and adults. This class  is led by Shaylina Cochran.

This 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 Swain County Cooperative Extension at (828) 488-3848.