At Warm Valley Lodge
, we believe in the
benefits of exercise at any age. Our fitness trainer Wendi Hayman, from Duffy’s
conducts classes 3 days a week for 45 minutes. Wendi targets maintaining
strength, improving balance, and she provides mental and visual interaction
which improves coordination. She consistently promotes increased hydration
and makes exercise fun!!
But why is it important to keep moving as you continue to age?
*1. Prevents Disease:*
According to the National Institute of Aging
exercise may prevent diseases common with aging. Those diseases include
heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression and
dementia. Exercise also reduces the rate of hospitalization.
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*Wendi works out with our residents*
*2. Improves Healing:*
Healing takes place more slowly with age. It has been found that those who
exercise regularly i.e. increasing blood flow may speed up wound healing as
much as 25% reported by Senior Journal .
*3. Improves Balance*
Falling is the enemy of the aging process. Improving strength and
flexibility can help to prevent falls. Broken bones often lead to lack of
independence. Walking briskly or riding a bike is great for maintaining
strength and increasing cardio activity.
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*Focusing on stretching helps improve balance.*
4. Improves Quality of Life & Life Expectancy
Research supports regular exercise can improve mood and help avoid
depression due to increase of endorphins. Both physical and mental function
benefit and life expectancy can be extended. The recommendation for
physical activity is 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week and consistency is
more important than intensity!
*Wendi likes to say… “If you rest, your rust”…just keep moving!*
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Geri and Wendi: post-workout
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