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Exciting Benefits of Exercise for All Ages

Exciting Benefits of Exercise for All Ages

The Woodbridge Senior Center offers an exercise class for seniors or any individuals in the baby boomer age range and up. The one hour classes are held year-round on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00pm – 4:00pm, and the fee is only $2.00 per class!

The classes include strength training, cardio, low impact aerobics, flexibility, and balance. We’ve all heard about the many benefits of exercise; a healthier heart, stronger bones, better balance, improved appearance, and more, but exercise has many additional benefits, for people of all ages, especially seniors. According to AARP, 40 percent of people between 45 and 64 are considered sedentary. We can all receive tremendous benefits from regular exercise. For people 50 and over, the health benefits of moderate exercise will add years onto our lives.

A new study has found that previously sedentary seniors who incorporated exercise into their lifestyles not only improved physical function, but experienced psychological benefits as well. It’s never too late to start!

Exercise will delay or prevent many diseases and disabilities associated with aging, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and others and can dramatically reduce the chance of having even more health issues in the future. Exercise also increases energy levels, improves brain activity, and reduces stress.

Increasing balance helps prevent falls, a major cause of broken hips and other injuries that often lead to disability and loss of independence. The good news is that muscle mass and bone density can increase at any age in response to exercise. A little goes a long way, and the list of reasons to exercise goes on and on.

Consistency is more important than intensity when it comes to exercise for seniors. Individuals don’t have to engage in strenuous exercises to gain health benefits. Any amount of physical activity, even just twice a week, can be beneficial and will increase your life expectancy.

We encourage everyone to come in and start the New Year off on the right foot in order to Get Healthy and Improve Your Quality of Life! Pre-registration is not needed. You can join at ANY time! For more information call the Woodbridge Senior Center @ 203-389-3430.

 

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