Strength training is important for preventing muscle loss and maintaining balance and stamina. This includes weight-bearing exercises using hand weights and body weight. Effective workouts can be designed for anyone. Chair exercises are an excellent option for those who are frail, at risk of falling, or have limited mobility.
Residents can greatly improve health and stamina by doing just 30 minutes of gentle exercise on most days. Everything from walking to dance and yoga counts toward this exercise goal. “Just move everyday,” is the mantra that George shares with his clients. He likes to see people functioning at the top of their level, so they stay active longer.
Balance plays such an important role in the activities of everyday life. That’s why balance activities are an important part of the fitness program. These moves can improve mobility, maintain muscle tone and build strength. Regular balance exercises – and exercise in general – can minimize risk for falls.
Stretching slows down age-related mobility loss, improves circulation, improves flexibility and can even reduce back pain. There are stretches for the neck, arms, back, hips, and legs that can help maintain joint flexibility, muscle tone and posture. This all supports activities of daily living and keeps people independent for longer.
Deciding to become physically active is one of the best things anyone can do for overall wellness and improved quality of life. At VHRC we pride ourselves in including fitness in all of our daily schedules because we know that regular exercise is great for both mental and physical health, and it’s the key to successful aging.