Madison’s local NBC affiliate, WMTV-Ch. 15, recently produced a report about UW-Madison’s Early Morning Fitness Class that’s administered through the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.
Bonnie Loughran has been teaching group fitness classes on campus for the past decade. She is a UW-Madison alumna, with undergraduate degrees in dance and physical education, and a master’s from the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology.
Despite our culture's obsession with fitness fads, the Early Morning Fitness Class has stood the test of time, running for more than 30 years. The class is for people over 40 years old, and five days a week at 6:15 a.m. dozens of women, from ages 40 to 85, participate.
The class originally started in the 80's to look at exercise's impact on Osteoporosis. Now, the class focuses on skills like flexibility and coordination, which are very important to work on as people age.
The article quotes Loughran: “People keep coming back because they are getting their physical needs met, their social needs met, along with some emotional and spiritual needs too.”