Senior-led exercise classes keep Holiday residents moving
If you’re looking for Holiday Retirement’s Apple Blossom resident Miss Juanita, 91 years young, on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning, be prepared to lace up your sneakers and break a sweat!
Miss Juanita’s popular exercise class meets three times a week, and during each class a group of about a dozen women between the ages of 87 and 95 bend, stretch and lift their way to better health. Her classes feature a variety of exercises that focus on increasing flexibility, core strength and arm strength, three important aspects of active and healthy aging and fitness.
It’s important to maintain and even increase flexibility as you age. According to the National Institutes of Health, stretching and flexibility exercises help with freedom of motion, which makes everyday activities—whether it’s getting dressed or reaching for an object on a shelf—easier as you age.
Studies have shown that core strength training is a great alternative to traditional balance or resistance training programs for older adults. Core strength exercises help strengthen your midsection and can help decrease the risk of a fall or other injury.
Exercises that help build arm strength are great complements to flexibility and core strength training. The arm exercises used in Miss Juanita’s class build muscle, helping make activities like lifting a grandchild or getting up from a chair easier to perform.
One of the best parts of Miss Juanita’s class is that women of all fitness and ability levels can participate. Apple Blossom’s enrichment coordinator, Kayla Cowart Boyce, said residents look forward to Miss Juanita’s classes, “enjoying both the physical and social benefits of group exercise.”
See how activities like resident-led exercise classes help keep seniors active and healthy, and get in touch to find out more about senior living at Apple Blossom.