Many of you are probably stuffed to the max from your Thanksgiving feast. Think about learning from your elders, as some local seniors are making exercise a priority year round.
"If you're not moving you better get moving," said Josephine Smith, resident at Blair House Living Community Center in Macon.
Josephine Smith has made exercise a way of life.
"It's enjoyable because you are able to do it," explained Smith.
Organizers created a program full of movements that give residents a workout without making them want to throw in the towel.
"Even though they're sitting in the chair we do a lot of upper body cardio. They do a lot of activity. We do stretching, we do weight resistance exercises using the weight of their limbs," said Jean Govoni, Executive Director at Blair House Living Community Center.
The Executive Director at Blair House says exercise helps keep off the pounds this time of year, but also act as a stress reliever.
"Right now, people are eating a lot more calories, there's a little bit of stress worrying about family, having family come to visit, whether or not they're going to get to see their loved ones," said Govoni.
New research from John Hopkins Hospital suggests greater physical activity can have a cognitive benefit equivalent to being three years younger in age.
"I feel very happy. I feel relaxed and ready to get out and run," said Smith.
The Resident Nurse at Blaire House says it's important to encourage the senior citizens in your life to get up and move.
"With all the excess calories they're putting on in the holidays its always good to get our residents out and about," said RN Curt Brackett, Blair House Living Community Center.
Moderate exercise for one year results, on average, in a 2% increase in the size of the brain. Josephine has been doing her chair routine for almost a year now and she's one smart lady.
"If they wanna quit they're not gonna be able to do anything but if they keep moving they'll be able to do more and enjoy life, said Smith.