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Friendships through fitness: Northwoods exercise program builds more than just strong bodies Submitted: 09/12/2017
Story By Allie Herrera

Friendships through fitness: Northwoods exercise program builds more than just strong bodies
EAGLE RIVER - As you get older, sometimes working out and staying healthy can become a challenge. 

"I like to say motion is lotion," said Instructor Sandy LeBiedz. 

The Strong Women, Strong Bones program out of Eagle River that helps middle-aged and older women get stronger, fight chronic disease, and become healthier through exercise. But these women use the best medicine of them all - laughter. 


"I come for the dirty jokes," said 70-year-old Denise Simon with a laugh. 

The 10-week exercise program held at the Northland Pines Wellness Center has about 35 members and it's done more than just create healthier bodies. 

"Very seldom do you meet, greet, and bond with so many different people. That really will last for me for a lifetime," said Simon. 

The stories of how these ladies landed in the program differ, but they all see positive changes in their lives because of it. 

"I needed to lose some weight and I was a couch potato. So, I decided to ask a friend of mine next door to come with me to class," said 66-year-old Carolann Siemiakowski.

"I came up with a cup of coffee and a sweet roll in my hand and listened about how to exercise and get involved. So, I'm thinking, 'Ok, no one said anything about my donut. I must be in the right place,'" said Simon. 

Whatever the reason for joining the program, it's a movement these women have come to bond over. 
 
"They can do things that they couldn't do before after taking these classes so that's very encouraging," said LeBiedz.

For more information on the Strong Women, Strong Bones program click on the link below.


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