Can you remain footloose and fancy free long after the age of 70? You bet you can! The secret is in strengthening and toning, which is the focus of the Center’s newest class. The all new “Strengthen & Tone” class is scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Centennial.
Research shows that regular resistance training increases bone density, keeps joints supple and counteracts age-related muscle loss. When strength training and balance exercises work together, significant improvements can be made in physical wellness. There is a bonus, too. Feeling physically strong also promotes mental and emotional health.
Did you know that exercise improves overall immunity to fight off disease? We are beginning to exit the hold that COVID-19 has had on each of us and society in general. Perhaps a positive outcome of the global pandemic is that we have learned about our body’s ability to fight off disease – also known as immunity. Exercise improves overall immune function, which is important for seniors because their immune systems are often compromised. This is important, not just during a virus breakout but every day as we each seek physical quality of life.
Linn Turner, who is a certified Active Aging instructor, will be teaching the class. Strengthen & Tone will be designed specifically for seniors, both men and women, to gain physical strength, improve balance and tone muscles. There’s no excuse. Even if you are not sure you can move this way or that, instruction in exercise modifications will be provided to those who would like to participate.
If you have been inactive during the months of COVID, Strengthen & Tone can get you on the path to becoming stronger, no matter your age or current physical strength. Plan to wear comfortable, unrestrictive clothing. If you would like more of a challenge, bring lightweight hand weights or two soup cans or bottles of water.