SENIOR FITNESS CLASS
The Importance Of Exercise For Seniors
Regular exercise provides a myriad of benefits for older adults. It can help them to stay healthy, energetic and independent as age catches up. Many seniors stop being active as they get older, in fact many adults aged 65 and over spend 10 hours or more each day sitting or lying down. As a result of such inactivity, many are suffering from higher risks of falling, obesity, heart disease and even early death when compared with the general population.
Benefits of exercise for seniors
- Helps maintain the ability to live independently and reduces the risk of falling and fracturing bones.
- Reduces the risk of dying from coronary heart disease and of developing high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes.
- Can help reduce blood pressure in some people with hypertension.
- Helps people with chronic, disabling conditions improve their stamina and muscle strength.
- Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression and fosters improvements in mood and feelings of well-being.
- Helps maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.
- There’s no time to let your mind wander with a Trainer keeping a tight programme and watching your every move.
- Helps control joint swelling and pain associated with arthritis.
4 essential components of fitness for older adults:
Flexibility is important as we get older because it allows us to continue carrying out ordinary physical activities such as looking behind while driving and tying our shoes. Therefore it is crucial to maintain good range of motion in your joints through stretching exercises.
Balance is tremendously important for the ageing population because falls are a major problem as a result of poor balance. Reports show one in three older adults (>65yrs) falls each year. This is a serious concern because falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries such as head trauma and fractures.
Cardio and endurance training help to improve heart and lung functions, which helps lessen fatigue and shortness of breath especially for older adults. This in turn promotes independence by improving endurance for daily activities such as walking, house cleaning, and errands.
Strength training builds up muscle with repetitive motion using weights or external resistance from body weight, machines or elastic bands. It helps to prevent loss of bone mass, builds muscle, and improves balance—both important in staying active and avoiding falls.
- The senior fitness exercise program is a 12 week program which runs once a week.
- The exercise classes will cover the 4 essential components of fitness as shown above.
- Participants will be assessed in the 4 essential components of fitness at the beginning, at the end of each month, and at the end of the program to monitor progress
**Please contact us to find out more about this program.