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Senior Fitness: It's Both Physical And Social

Mary Bross Great Falls Tribune 2017-07-13 15:23:27

  Did you know that as we age we tend to slow down and become more sedentary? Maybe it stems from health problems, weight or pain issues. Maybe you are concerned about falling. But as a person grows older being active physically and mentally becomes more important than ever for one’s overall health. Physical exercise boosts energy, helps maintain independence, and may assist in relieving chronic aches and pains. Physical activity also improves mobility, flexibility and balance. Another huge benefit of regular exercise is that it improves mood, helps with cognitive function, relieves stress and may slow the progression of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s.

  For a class that works the body, engages the brain and keeps one socially active, join a senior group exercise class today.

So what is Senior Group Exercise?

  Group Exercise is an awesome group of folks who get together on a daily basis to work out, have fun, and come together to socialize. Senior Fitness is targeted to be a complete body workout using different techniques and equipment, all part of making Senior Group Exercise a useful tool in pushing back the aging process. Working out can begin at any age or fitness level with the outcome of improving each individual's own personal mobility, flexibility, balance and strength all in a social environment. The class emphasizes and demonstrates correct form to help prevent injury, slips or falls in our daily lives. The ultimate goal is to help the members to be able to perform daily functions and to keep their independence for as long as they can.

  The participants work on balance, strength, flexibility and coordination - incorporating all the muscle groups in the body. Performing different exercises each day challenges the body and brain to function at higher levels. It’s this increase in body and mind awareness that helps to slow down the aging process. The results are dramatic and noticeable right from the start.

   Some of the equipment used in the class are: the core pole, stability balls, medicine balls, BOSU, gliders, free weights, strength/stretch machines, and elastic tubing. This is only a small selection of the specialized equipment available at Access Fitness.

  The class goes through a variety of exercises while being social and having fun. What could be better? See what you have been missing - start getting back into life today. Keep physically and socially active every day – that’s what our bodies were designed to do.

   Start now by moving your body and you will find that exercise may have many health benefits such as a healthy blood pressure, better range of motion, coordination, improved sleep, meal digestion, increased cardiovascular (heart and lungs) capacity, and increased mental state. Daily activities like playing with the grandkids, working out in the garden or swinging the golf club will once more be enjoyable. Continued activity will help make the golden years shine again.

  Along with Senior Fitness classes, Access Fitness offers a variety of other classes that can be utilized by the seniors as well as one-on-one personal training for individual guidance and instruction. Check with your health insurance provider to see if you have coverage that will pay for or assist in the costs of gym memberships. Always consult your health care provider prior to engaging in any physical activities.