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You can likely name one or more benefits of regular physical activity, right? It can help olde adults improve their balance, strength and cardiovascular health. It can help reduce the risk of falls, which is the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults. But did you also know that exercising with others has tangible effects on physical health and mortality?

Read on for additional reasons that fitness with friends old and new may be just what you need now:

  1. Motivation: Exercising in a group setting can be motivating. Seeing others working towards similar goals can encourage older adults to stay committed to their exercise routine.

  2. Accountability: Group exercise classes often have a regular schedule, which can help older adults stick to a consistent exercise routine. The sense of accountability to attend classes can be a powerful motivator.

  3. Cognitive Benefits: Some research suggests that regular exercise may help maintain cognitive function and reduce the risk of cognitive decline in older adults. Group exercise, with its social and stimulating environment, can contribute to these cognitive benefits.

  4. Safety: Exercising in a group setting often provides supervision and guidance from qualified instructors. This can be particularly beneficial for older adults who may have health concerns or mobility issues, ensuring that they exercise safely.

  5. Emotional Well-being: Exercise releases endorphins, which are natural mood lifters. Participating in group exercise can help older adults reduce stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression.

  6. Social Interaction: Group exercise provides opportunities for socialization, which is crucial for mental well-being. It can reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness that older adults sometimes experience.

Studies have shown that seniors with robust social networks have lower rates of chronic diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. They are also more likely to engage in healthy behaviors such as balanced nutrition and adherence to medical treatments. So make a date with friends to do your favorite physical activity, whether it be walking, gardening or golf. Or join a group exercise class today and get fit with new friends!

At Spectrum Community Services, we provide group fitness classes as part of our Fall Prevention Programs. The primary goal of our program is to reduce and/or prevent the number of falls among at-risk low-income seniors. Our strategy address the following factors:

BEHAVIORAL. We educate and raise awareness about: falls and fall prevention, active lifestyle, social connectedness, medication management, and better eating habits.

PHYSICAL. We offer fall prevention skills-building exercise series that help to develop strength, improve mobility and balance and increase hand-eye coordination.

ENVIRONMENTAL. We provide tips and education during classes about simple assessments and improvements to home environments i.e. grab bars, smoke alarms, stair railings, and hand held showers.

To find out more about Spectrum Community Services’ group fitness offerings and current Fall Prevention openings, click here.

Sign up and learn to prevent slips, trips and falls. Then stay for the new friends and fun!