Why should older adults be active?
Physical activity is important for all ages. And for older adults, it’s crucial. Maintaining or adding physical activity is one way for seniors to prevent chronic disease, avoid falls, and maintain mobility and independence.
Health.gov suggests all adults, including seniors, should get 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity per week. These exercise sessions should be at least 10 minutes long and spread throughout the week.
Aerobic activity alone isn’t enough. Strength training at least two days per week that involve all major muscle groups is recommended.
But what do you do if you’ve not been active?
It’s never too late to add physical activity to your lifestyle, but some people may not be able to perform the recommended amount of activity safely. Health.gov recommends that people get as much physical exercise as their abilities and condition allows.
Get started at the Y
Talk with your doctor before starting any physical fitness regimen for advice on where best to begin. There is a place at the Y for people of all ages and abilities.
For the already active there are
- Fun group exercise classes
- Free weights and strength machines
- Cardio machines
- Aquatics programs and lap swimming
For those who are just getting started, there are:
- Group exercise classes for beginners or those with limited mobility
- Aquatic aerobics classes
And for everyone, there is
Beyond the physical benefits of Y membership, our active older adults enjoy special rates, social engagement, Bible studies, and more! You may even qualify for a Silver&Fit® or SilverSneakers® membership through your insurance provider. Call 864-412-0288 or request membership information here.