Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

Tai Chi for Health

The Cary Senior Center is offering two different classes for those interested in taking Tai Chi, one being a beginners level course and the other for more advanced students. Both classes will meet 8 times on Wednesday from March 27th until May 15th. For Cary residents the cost for the classes will be $37 and $48 for non-residents. Norma Ferrell will instruct both classes.
Beginner level: 11am – 11:50am. Learn movements 1-12 of Sun Style Form.
Advanced Level: Noon-12:50pm. 73 movements of Sun Style Form modified. (Prerequisite: You must know movements 1-41 of beginner and intermediate level of Sun Style Form.)

Location: 120 Maury O’Dell Place

Phone: (919) 469-4081

Living Healthy

Are you looking to turn your life around in terms of health?
Cary Senior Center is offering a six week class series called Living Healthy.
Learn how to deal with fatigue, frustration, isolation, pain, etc.
You will also be taught how to properly manage your medications, eat healthy, effective communication skills and so much more.
This class is looking for seniors who will be willing to participate for this free series.
Meetings are every Thursday from 9 am until 11:30 am staring January 31st. See you there!

Location: Ballroom I

Phone: (919) 469-4081

Aerobics, Seniors in Motion

This fitness class for seniors is one of the most popular offered through the Cary Senior Center! This complete workout benefits cardiovascular, strength and flexibility! Cover every aspect of fitness while having a great time with friends both old and new! Come out to Herbert C. Young Community Center on Tuesday, January 8th to start classes. Please make sure you call to register! If you have any questions about the class, call the number listed below.

Location: 101 Wilkinson Avenue

Phone: (919) 460-4965

Walking for Wellness and Fun

Get on your walking shoes and face that winter weather head on! From 9 am until 10:30 am join us at Bond Park Community Center for an open gym format walk workout (yes, that is quite a mouth full!). This event is free and open to the public, but you must be 16+ to participate. Walks take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 3rs through June 13th. You can join us at any time, you don’t have to come to every session. If you are interesting in additional walking opportunities, then please call the number below for more information.

Location: 150 Metro Park Drive

Phone: (919) 462-3970

Are you Getting Enough Exercise?

Now that you have reached the Senior Citizen level does not mean that you can now stop going to that zumba class three times a week or cancel your gym membership. All seniors need to maintain a level of functional fitness to carry out daily activities and reduce your risk of major illnesses and disease. A lot of individuals with disabilities have gotten to that point, not due to old age, but because of inactivity. However, you should double check with your doctor as to which exercises  would be best for you. Don’t go to that advanced yoga class because you used to go a few years ago, start out at an easy pace and work yourself up. Also, include stretching whenever you are going to exercise. Even if you are about to take a walk around the neighborhood, make sure you stretch your legs and ankles. Most importantly, stay hydrated. Bring a water bottle with you and make sure you are drinking enough throughout the day so that you don’t get to the point where you grow thirsty and chug half the bottle. Once you reach that point where you could finish off the whole thing, then you have gone too long without drinking water.

Within your workout routine, you should have some form of aerobic and strength training. Aerobic exercise helps your cardiovascular system, reduces blood pressure, raises good cholesterol and reduces the bad. Muscle mass increases with strength training, which helps to prevent bone fractures. Plan to have a half hour of each type in your workout schedule. Listed below are some activities that will help your cardiovascular system, as well as build bone mass; dancing, hiking, biking, jogging and lifting. What benefits are there for  you to work this into your routine once a day? Exercise can reduce signs and symptoms of: obesity, depression, arthritis, back pain, diabetes and osteoporosis. Check out your local senior center to see if there are any classes or gym equipment available for use.

Pets?

Pets make wonderful companions for all ages, but there are so many more benefits for the elderly to have one. Did you know that having a pet can lower your blood pressure, decrease need for medicine and even reduce pain after an operation? A pet is a great source of mutual affection, especially for those who have lost a loved one. Pets even help alleviate symptoms of depression and sometimes physical ailments. Having a dog for example can encourage the owner to start taking more walks and getting necessary exercise. All states now allow for pets in nursing homes because of the benefits they have. Whether you live alone or in a home, a pet can help brighten your day and enrich  your quality of life.