Lifetime Program - U of I
Professor Ken Wilund with the University of Illinois talks about the Lifetime Fitness Program available to adults ages 55 and up.
Professor Wilund: 217-265-6755
Originally founded by Professor T.K. Cureton, the University of Illinois Adult Fitness Program has the distinction of being the first University-based adult fitness program in the world. Professor Cureton established the Physical Fitness Research Laboratory in 1944 and the Adult Fitness Program was established shortly afterwards in order to examine the effects of exercise and physical activity on health and effective functioning. Since Dr. Cureton's retirement, the Adult Fitness Program has continued to support the Department of Kinesiology's research, teaching, and service mission. Now known as the Lifetime Fitness Program, the program is directed by Professor Ken Wilund, an exercise physiologist. Dr. Wilund has expertise in clinical exercise physiology, renal and cardiovascular physiology. Specifically, he conducts research regarding the effects that exercise and dietary modifications have on the development or progression of cardiovascular disease and other related metabolic disorders in chronic kidney disease patients.
Mission and Purpose
The program's primary emphasis is to provide opportunities for:
- structured group or individualized fitness activities;
- cognitive understanding of the principles and techniques of fitness activities;
- a supportive non-competitive atmosphere;
- a pool of research subjects for study of selected aspects of physical activity and health for adults;
- an avenue for continued adherence to a physically active lifestyle after completion of exercise intervention studies within the Department of Kinesiology.
Adults 55 and over residing in the Urbana-Champaign area may participate in the Lifetime Fitness Program. The exercises and physical activity opportunities are designed to develop overall improvement in health, fitness and performance of activities of daily living.
Activities include structured supervised walking/jogging, stretching and strengthening exercises using resistance bands, weight training using free weights and plate-loaded equipment, and pool activities (swimming, water exercises, volleyball). New activities may be included, as participants desire, to vary their modes of exercise. You may participate in any or all activities each day. We welcome individuals with all fitness levels.
Structured Group Activities:
M-W-F schedule6:45–7:10am Stretch
8:15–8:40am Pool activities (water exercise, volleyball)
7:15–7:40am Core Training
Individual Training Programs:
6:30–9:00am Walk/jog or exercise independently
6:30–9:00am Weight Training
7:30–9:00am Pool activities (M-W-F only)
For More Information:
Wednesday, April 23 2014, 10:23 AM CDT