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Move it, move it!

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Tara Madden, left, leads a boot camp fitness class at Healthworks. The class consists of a combination of moves, cardio and alternating resistance training.
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Sharon Philip participates in the boot camp class at Healthworks Thursday. Philip, 79 years old, said if she can exercise, anyone can.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

Health needs to be taken more seriously in the community, as the county is ranked the lowest due to poor health, according to countyhealthrankings.org. A good place to start is by getting some exercise.

There are two fitness centers in Connersville. For anyone who wants to make a change in their lifestyle, Healthworks Fitness, 3542 Western Ave., and Anytime Fitness, 1720 Western Ave., offer fitness programs for people of any age.

Healthworks is a great place to go for more tight-knit group activity, Jenny Koon, who attends fitness classes at Healthworks, said.

"We're all like family here," Koon said. "You get to come here and be apart of the class and meet new people. There is no judgment here; we all work together and we love when new people join."

Healthworks offers the group fitness activities, Tara Madden, fitness instructor for many classes offered there, said. 

"Tara is great. She keeps us moving and feeling good," Sharon Philip, a 79-year-old who attends the fitness classes, said. "Working out is great, exercise makes stress go away."

"Stress is one main causes of sickness," Tricia McQueen, another member at Healthworks, said, "and exercise reduces stress and makes people feel better all around."

Healthworks has no contract for members who want to sign up to use the gym. 

"We offer members a monthly fee of $35; for students or military persons, it's $25 a month," Crystal Muterspaugh, supervisor at Healthworks, said. If people would prefer to come to single classes, the price is $7 a class.

Anytime Fitness offers members a contract, Carin Dudley, gym manager at Anytime Fitness said.

"One thing good about a contract is that it pushes people to come to the gym; if people are paying a price for a commitment to the gym they are more likely to come and use it," Dudley said.

Anytime Fitness is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so members can come work out whenever their schedules allow.

"We also recently started up an Ageless Class, that is a class geared toward people 55 years and older." Dudley said.

For information about Healthworks, call the gym at 765-827-7719, or visit. For information about Anytime Fitness, call 765-825-6171 or go there.