Enhance Fitness promoting kidney health with free fitness classes

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FLINT (WJRT) - (03/10/15) - The National Kidney Foundation is working hard to help Mid-Michigan residents break a sweat.

"We're creating a movement. We're out here changing lives and helping people getting healthier, " said program specialist and fitness instructor Kristie King.

March is National Kidney Month, and the foundation's Enhance Fitness Program is using it to re-launch a series of free group fitness classes.

"We want to keep our kidneys healthy. We're going to do that by making sure we're combating diabetes and hypertension. Over 70 percent of kidney disease is caused by hypertension and diabetes complications," King said.

Enhance Fitness Classes are being held just about every week day at a variety of Genesee County locations, including Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Flint Farmers' Market.

"They go on and on. They don't stop. As long as people come, we're going to be here," King said.

The classes consist of hi and low impact exercises, with a focus on functional fitness.

"If you're going to the grocery store, you have to reach up on that shelf, you can take those arms over your head, grab that bread, put it in the basket and keep moving," said Esther Nichols, assistant program coordinator.

By holding workouts in such a visible spot, organizers hope people passing by will be motivated to jump in.

"We want to meet people where they are. So what if you haven't worked out in a long, long time. You can get started right there in that chair," King said.

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