Phys­i­cal and so­cial benefits avail­able at recre­ation cen­tre

Waitaki Herald - - ADVERTISING FEATURE - By DIANE TALANOA Waitaki Recre­ation Cen­tre Manager

Who says age­ing can’t be fun? Yes, the body changes as the years pass, but that doesn’t have to mean loss of func­tion­al­ity and vi­tal­ity. So let’s be pro-aging!

I was in­spired this week, as al­ways, by one of our regular clients, a nona­ge­nar­ian, who came out of class ex­press­ing with a wicked glint in her eye how much she en­joys her ‘‘fierce’’ ex­er­cise here!

The health benefits of a phys­i­cally ac­tive life­style for se­niors clearly in­di­cate that many age-re­lated ill­nesses and dis­eases can be im­pres­sively slowed down, and that phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity is as­so­ci­ated with lower rates of both cog­ni­tive and phys­i­cal decline.

Strength train­ing in­creases func­tion­al­ity and com­bats the ef­fects of age-re­lated mus­cle loss.

Re­sis­tance train­ing (or ex­er­cis­ing in a ‘‘weight-bear­ing’’ way) in­creases or sta­bilises bone den­sity and de­creases the risk of fall­ing.

Some of the many benefits of re­sis­tance train­ing in­clude: pre­ven­tion of mus­cle loss, in­creased di­ges­tion time, re­duced body fat, re­duc­tion in arthritic and lower back pain, in­creased bone den­sity, pos­i­tive blood sugar bal­ance, in­creased me­tab­o­lism, im­proved choles­terol lev­els, re­duced rest­ing blood pres­sure.

Man­ag­ing stress ef­fec­tively is es­sen­tial for over­all health of the body and the brain, and one of the great­est pro­tec­tions against the harm­ful ef­fects of stress is regular car­dio­vas­cu­lar ex­er­cise and a strong so­cial sup­port sys­tem.

At the Rec Cen­tre not only are the phys­i­cal benefits ap­par­ent for our se­niors, we also see won­der­ful so­cial con­nec­tions de­velop among our clien­tele as they build great ca­ma­raderie and re­la­tion­ships through regular train­ing here.

Stud­ies show older adults are the most phys­i­cally in­ac­tive group of any pop­u­la­tion. Don’t be that statis­tic!

What does this mean then for all those se­niors out there? Fol­low th­ese sim­ple guide­lines: do mod­er­ately in­tense aer­o­bic ex­er­cise for 30 min­utes a day, 5 times a week (or vig­or­ously in­ten­sive ex­er­cise 20 min­utes a day, 3 days a week).

do 8-10 strength train­ing ex­er­cises, per­form­ing 10-15 rep­e­ti­tions of each ex­er­cise 2-3 times a week

per­form bal­ance ex­er­cises to re­main con­fi­dent and re­duce fear of fall­ing have a phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity plan re­mem­ber that no two peo­ple age ex­actly the same, so know your health his­tory and seek med­i­cal clear­ance from your doc­tor if you have any health is­sues

Ask your­self, what is your mean­ing­ful con­nec­tion with ex­er­cise? Is it get­ting down on the ground to play with your grand­chil­dren, gar­den­ing, walk­ing, living in­de­pen­dently, get­ting on and off the loo eas­ily…?

Make pur­pose­ful choices in or­der to live through your golden years with a healthy body and mind. The Rec Cen­tre has ‘‘Ac­tive in Age’’ dis­counted mem­ber­ships, pro­grammes and classes for 60+. Call in or con­tact us at 434 6932, wait­a­ki­ or­a­ki­crc.

Ben­e­fi­cial and Fun: Waitaki Recre­ation Cen­tre Manager Diane Talanoa is pas­sion­ate about health and fit­ness and en­joys see­ing her se­nior clien­tele ben­e­fit in so many ways.

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