Benefits of Group Exercise Classes For Seniors
There is no denying the importance of physical activity for seniors. More and more seniors are finding that daily physical activity can boost their mood, help them maintain great cardiovascular health, promote muscle strength and flexibility and help prevent falls. Seniors who exercise regularly are also often more independent, tend to deal with fewer issues related to depression and often have stronger overall mental health.
While there are a number of ways that seniors can get exercise and enjoy these types of health perks with their exercise, one of the best ways for seniors to get the physical activity that they need is to join group exercise classes. These group exercise classes come in all shapes and sizes ranging from yoga to water aerobics and everything in between. These exercises classes aren’t just a great way for seniors to get their 30 minutes or more of physical activity per day, they also come with a number of other benefits as well.
The first and most obvious of these benefits is that these exercise classes encourage seniors to get out of the house more. This is especially important for seniors who may be receiving in home care or care at an assisted living community or nursing home. Getting out of the house is a great way to keep seniors active and to boost their mood.
Group exercise classes are also a great social activity for seniors. Seniors need social engagement with their peers just as much as anyone else. With more seniors than ever reporting feelings of depression, loneliness and isolation, group exercise classes are a great way to help older adults make friends and interact with others their own age. These classes not only encourage seniors to meet someone new, but they can also encourage seniors to try something new as well. Many of these group classes feature new types of exercises that many seniors have never tried before and ones they may have never tried without the extra push from their group exercise class.
While the social component may be one of the most unique benefits of group exercise classes for seniors, there is also an added physical benefit that comes with this type of exercise, as opposed to standard workouts. Studies have found that individuals of all ages and ability levels are much more likely to push themselves harder in their workouts when they are in a group setting and are exercising around others. Seniors who want to really make sure that they are getting the most out of their workouts will often find they see more results when they participate in group programs.
There is no denying the unique benefits that group exercise classes can offer seniors. The good news is, more gyms, health clubs, YMCAs and community centers are starting to offer senior-only group fitness classes especially for older adults. Even seniors who aren’t particularly interested in working out can find fun and engaging classes such as stretching or dancing that will get them up and moving together with their peers.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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