The goal of our class is to improve balance, mobility, and strength for daily activities. How is that done?
What is balance?
Balance is the ability to remain upright in a steady position and is an essential element of daily life. As people age—and if they don’t stay active—muscle weakness reduces the strength and flexibility of joints, increasing the risk of falling. Some research suggests cognitive impairments typically associated with aging also increase the risk of falling. But exercise not only increases joint stability to prevent falls, but it also improves cognitive functioning as well.
What is mobility?
Mobility is the ability to move freely and easily. A senior with limited mobility can’t perform activities of daily living. For instance, if a senior can’t freely move their shoulders, it may limit their ability to grocery shop, cook, or do laundry. If knee joints are stiff or swollen, then they may avoid moving altogether. Of course, this would have the opposite effect they want—instead of decreasing pain, “slowing down” would increase health issues and the risk of injury. Strength is the most common element of fitness that is of concern. It is what makes balance and mobility possible. Without adequate strength, a senior’s quality of life will quickly decline. Without strong muscles, bone and joint health suffer.
How will this class benefit you?
Our seniors’ classes take a more lively approach to training and exercise. First we have two different classes. One for an active healthy population, looking to maintain their strength and well being. The other for a more sedentary population looking to improve their capabilities and activity level. Both are a fun, engaging class working on strength, mobility, and balance through the use of Pilates, functional training, and strength and conditioning. Using these we create an engaging flow of movement and exercise moving between stretching, strengthening, and stability. Contact us today to sign-up for your Seniors Strength class.