Exercise Classes for Older Adults
Have you considered exercise classes for older adults?
These classes are typically led by physical therapy professionals, which makes them perfect for adults who want to become more physically fit but are unsure how to go about it. The benefits are classes for older adults is the relaxed, social atmosphere of a class setting combined with the goal of improving your balance, increasing your activity and getting stronger muscles.
Look for weekly, 45-minute exercise classes designed for persons age 60+. Classes should combine exercises with strategies on improving balance reactions and reducing the risk of falls. The class should combine a variety of fitness areas, including upper body strengthening, lower body strengthening, core and back stabilization, flexibility, agility, and balance. Low-impact exercises will take it easy on joints or for recovery following an injury. Classes usually involve the use of free weights, resistance bands, and gym balls.
Look for classes that include the four types of exercise that are recommended by The NIH Senior Health site: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Making a change in your lifestyle and committing to a regular exercise class can have a direct impact on your everyday life. You'll stay strong and fit enough to perform your daily activities, get around, and maintain your independence.
The article above is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before beginning any type of exercise program.