Physical and social benefits available at recreation centre
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, email@example.com or sportsground.co.nz/waitakicrc.
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.