The sun is really starting to shine brightly in beautiful Central Massachusetts, and with the warmer weather comes an itch—the itch to get fit!
Mental and physical exercise is something from which everyone—regardless of age—can benefit. For seniors, in particular, the National Institutes of Health recommend four core exercises.
Now, let’s take a look at what each of these four exercises does and how each one of them can benefit you! (Keep in, too, that medical experts recommend checking with your doctor before embarking on a new exercise regime.)
First up we’ve got strength training. Why is this an important exercise for mature adults? Well, it can help bulk up those muscles, which in turn can boost your metabolism. With a healthy metabolism, you’re in a better position to maintain healthy blood sugar level and a healthy weight.
Next, let’s talk about balance. Balance exercises are a great way to build up leg strength, which is very important as we age because it’s that leg strength and stability that can help thwart dangerous slips, trips and falls.
Now, let’s s-t-r-e-t-c-h our discussion a bit further—this time let’s talk about plain ’ol stretching in general. Keeping your muscles loose and limber is a great way to re-energize your body, not to mention your spirit! When we eradicate stiffness we’re in a far better position to move freely, which feels great.
Finally, Southgate at Shrewsbury, has the scoop on why endurance training is an exercise active seniors should consider. Here’s why: Endurance exercises generally have a low barrier to entry. Think walking, raking leaves, going out for a jog, swimming…You get the picture. In fact, many of the activities we grew up loving to do make for amazing exercises that will get that all-important heart rate up and you looking and feeling great at any age.
Here at Southgate at Shrewsbury, we’ve got so many ways for our residents to stay active and fit. Choose from an extensive array of yoga, balance and other fitness classes, or take a dip in our pool to relieve arthritis pain and get a great workout in. And, when you’re just in the mood to walk—well, Southgate at Shrewsbury has the most beautiful grounds where you can put tremendous bounce in every fitness step.
Schedule your visit with Southgate at Shrewsbury today!