November - Exercising Together

Here at the YMCA, our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We offer a variety of programs for members of all ages. One of our amazing offerings is Senior Fitness class. We offer this class three times a week at our Navarre location, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12 pm. You are sure to get your heart pumping and enjoy a wonderful workout, but exercising after 60 has other benefits as well.

Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all older adults can benefit from regular, moderate physical activity? As we age, it's normal to not have the stamina and agility we enjoyed in our younger years. That doesn't mean one has to become a couch potato. Even people with medical conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, obesity, and high blood pressure can benefit from regular exercise.

Our Senior Fitness class offers members a one-hour workout that includes a warm up, the use of weights, bands, a small exercise ball, and a chair, and wraps up with a cooldown and stretch. All levels are welcome, and options are offered throughout the workout. Attending this class regularly can positively impact a member’s physical health as well as their mental and emotional wellbeing. It helps to build up more energy and greater self-confidence, enabling them to embrace their later years with gusto.

Regular physical activity for older adults has the power to guard against illness, injury, and cognitive decline, and in doing so, can help them continue to live on their own terms.

Exercise is always more enjoyable with a friend. If you lack a fitness partner, Senior Fitness can provide the social connection and motivation you need to stick with it. Exercising in a group setting also provides an added layer of safety for older adults who require more support during activities.

Getting active at your YMCA is one of the best ways older adults can reduce their risk of falling. Attending Senior Fitness regularly can improve muscle strength, coordination, and balance, all of which can decrease the likelihood of falling.

Most notably, exercise has been linked to lower risk of dementia, and can even help slow the progression of diseases like Alzheimer’s. Exercise is good for you; it’s just a matter of making it a priority and habit in your daily life. Before starting any exercise regimen, it’s important to talk with your doctor to learn which options are right for your health and activity level. Then, you’ll be ready to experience the proven and immense benefits of exercise firsthand. Regardless of your age, we hope this will motivate you to incorporate exercise into your life.

Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.