For immediate release Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Roy L. Williams
Director of Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067
Note: Birmingham Public Library Director of Public Relations Roy Williams participated in Exercise With Russell Lee on June 22 at the Five Points West Regional Library. He wrote this first-person account to give patrons an idea what to expect during the one-hour session. See Lee’s schedule below and at www.bplonline.org on the 2016 Summer Reading schedule of events taking place at 19 city libraries.
Exercise With Russell Lee at the Birmingham Public Library
- A first-person account of free exercise classes offered as part of 2016 BPL Summer Reading
By Roy L Williams
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama-At age 51, I consider myself in shape. But while participating in Exercise With Russell Lee, a free series of classes being offered as part of the Birmingham Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading activities, I found out that even thin people like me need to make exercise a regular habit.
On Thursday, June 22, I joined about a dozen or so women, many older than me, at the Five Points West Regional Library as Lee, a Birmingham YMCA certified fitness instructor for 25 years, began the session explaining why regular exercise and eating healthy are so important. We then began a 45-minute workout using a chair- exercises that can be easily done at home.
Lee started us out doing warm-up exercises designed to help us relax as we sat in our chairs while soft music played. We then went through a series of exercises– stretching our legs and arms, rotating our shoulders, walking and jogging in place while sitting in our seats, and others. After 20-30 minutes of non-stop action, my muscles ached. But we kept at it, urged along by Lee as he joked and put our minds at east.
Lee even incorporated some push-ups, all done while we stood with our hands against a wall and followed his lead. At the end of the workout, Lee answered questions from participants and shared tips on dieting and exercise.
The classes are free of charge, and you can find the schedule listed below or at www.bplonline.org
. Attendees are urged to bring their own exercise mat and a towel. Wear suitable attire and tennis shoes. The objective of the classes, offered for both teens and adults: Promote exercise and help people to realize how essential it is, regardless of age.
A little exercise on a regular basis “goes a long way,” “Lee said. “Something is better than nothing.”
Exercise With Russell Lee remaining program dates, times and libraries:
JUNE 23 SMITHFIELD 10 A.M. ADULTS
JUNE 27 TITUSVILLE 11 A.M. ADULTS
JUNE 28 SMITHFIELD 10 A.M. TEENS
June 28 POWDERLY 12 P.M. ADULTS
JUNE 29 SPRINGVILLE RD 10 A.M. TEENS
JUNE 30 WYLAM 2 P.M. TEENS
JULY 6 WEST END 10 A.M. TEENS
JULY 6 EAST LAKE 10 AM. TEEN
JULY 13 FIVE POINTS 2 P.M. TEEN
JULY 14TH POWDERLY 1:30 P.M. TEEN
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