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Lourdes Wellness Center Offers New Class: Mind and Body Balance for Men

Lourdes Wellness Center is adding a new class to its list of comprehensive wellness programs, called “Mind and Body Balance for Men.”

The first five-week sessions of Mind and Body Balance for Men classes are being offered on Sundays, from Jan. 20 to Feb. 17, 8 to 9:15 a.m., and on Fridays, Jan. 25 to Feb. 22, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. The cost of a five-week session is $55.

Instructor Terrance Bennett says the Mind and Body Balance for Men series is an important, as well as needed, class to give men a total body and mind workout. “Men often focus on cardio and/or weights, but strengthening the mind and some underutilized muscles through body balance is an equally important piece to overall health. It’s common to think that lifting weights or running on the treadmill will give us a healthy lifestyle. While that is partially true, overall health is based upon the balancing of mind, body, and spirit.”

Bennett says unlike traditional gym exercises, this class builds strength in muscles not often used, as well as focus. “It helps develop a deeper concentration of the mind. It is this clarity and focus that some professional athletes credit as giving them their success. This class also helps men learn to cope with their everyday stresses.”

In 1979, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center became the first hospital in Southern New Jersey to develop and offer a wellness program to its employees and the community. The goal of the program was to help people become more aware of the choices that they could make to improve their lifestyle. Since then, Lourdes Wellness Center has continued to increase the number of program offerings, as well as the number of participants.

To register for the Mind and Body Balance for Men series, or for any of Lourdes Wellness Center programs, contact Beverly Chabalowski at 856-869-3127, or register online at www.lourdeswellnesscenter.org.

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