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This is her gym.

This is her gym.
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ROSALIE SUTTON. What started as one woman’s idea to get her moving has turned into a full-fledged class and new friendships.

Rosalie Sutton decided to take a chance and start something. She wanted to get out of the house and do something healthy. Then the fun really started as her friends and others joined in the class.

At 71, Rosalie didn’t expect that she would be introduced to a full-body workout program that she loved — and without ever leaving her chair. She joined the Dunbar Y’s chair aerobics program led by Tracey Thomas. It’s a guided exercise class that includes stretching and “running” for those in need of a low-impact workout.

But Rosalie will be the first to tell you that low-impact doesn’t mean no impact. “We stretch our arms, our thighs, our shoulders. It’s a real workout!” she says. “I’ve lost weight and brought down my numbers.” And she does it all from her chair, to the beat of R&B music.

For Rosalie, her workout program is as much about community as it is health. She invited friends to join and watched as her class grew from just her to a full house. And what’s next? Several in her class have begun swimming regularly at the Y as well. Some are swimming for the first time in their lives – and they are in their 60s and 70s. Rosalie and her friends are proving George Burns’s famous quote to be true: “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.”

Join Rosalie and her friends at the Dunbar Y by calling the Mason Square Task Force at 413.788.6143.