Want to feel better? Try exercise (we’re here to help)

Posted by Marsha Mullen on March 20, 2018

If you want to feel better without taking medicine, try exercise.

Studies continue to support that exercise at any age provides multiple benefits — controlling/preventing osteoporosis, relieving stress, reducing heart disease, preventing diabetes and preventing falls.

Don’t worry if you’ve never exercised, or if you have stopped for some reason.  Being physically active can help you to keep doing the things you enjoy and stay independent as you age.

It has been also found that exercise may help improve memory problems.  The AMA states, “Exercise improves cognitive (memory) function in older adults with subjective and objective mild cognitive impairment.  The benefits of physical activity were apparent after 6 months.”

Exercise is a great way to be more social.  Taking exercise classes or walking with a friend are both good ways to be social and exercise.

For substantial health benefits, adults 65 and older should do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate-and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity.  Aerobic activity should be performed for at least 10 minutes.  It should be spread throughout the week.

Always talk to your health care provider before starting an exercise program.

Start moving today you will feel better tomorrow!

The JCC offers so many ways to get moving.  Just to name a few:

  • Beginning Spinning
  • TRX
  • Pickleball
  • T’ai Chi
  • Zumba Gold
  • Group Active
  • Walk with Ease
  • Namaste Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Inner Balance
  • Shake, Splash and Roll

For more information about ways to get started, contact Marsha Mullen, Program Coordinator for Healthy Aging, by filling out the form below and she’ll get back to you shortly.

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