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From the desk of the Activity Director

Ann Ruscoe

“Why Exercise?”

  1. PREVENT DISEASE Studies have shown that maintaining regular physical activity can help prevent many common diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. Exer cise improves overall immune function, which is important for seniors as their immune systems are often compromised. Even light exercise, such as walking, can be a powerful tool for preventable disease management.
  2. IMPROVED MENTAL HEALTH The mental health benefits of exercise are nearly endless. Exercise produces endorphins (the “feel good” hormone), which act as a stress reliever and leaves you feeling happy and satisfied. In addition, exercise has been linked to improving sleep, which is especially important for older adults who often suffer from insomnia and disrupted sleep patterns.
  3. DECREASED RISKS OF FALLS Adults are at a higher risk of falls, which can prove to be potentially disastrous for maintaining independence. Exercise improves strength and flexibility, which also help improve balance and coordination, reducing the risk of falls. Adults take much longer to recover from falls, so any thing that helps avoid them in the first place is critical.
  4. SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT Whether you join a walking group, go to group fitness classes or visit a gardening club, exercise can be made into a fun social event. Maintaining strong social ties is important for aging adults to feel a sense of purpose and avoid feelings of loneliness or depression. Above all, the key is to find a form of exercise you love, and it will never feel like a chore again.

In Conclusion

Exercise is good for you; it’s just a matter of making it a priority and habit in your daily life. In the aging population, exercise has been shown to prevent disease, lower the risk of falls, improve mental health and well-being, strengthen social ties, and improve cognitive function. Regardless of your age, we hope this will motivate you to incorporate exercise into your life.

Come and join us. All programs are are chair exercises. Tai Chi, Yoga and Balance & Stretch. Mornings and afternoons. We have a beautiful pool and we’ve started a walking club!

Ann Ruscoe, Activity Director

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