The SCOA GLOBE WALK IS A GREAT FITNESS INTIATIVE OR ADDITION TO YOUR FITNESS PROGRAM
The Importance of Fitness in the Older Adult
Becoming active – especially as an older adult – can energize our mood, relieve stress and anxiety, help manage symptoms of illness and pain and improve our overall feelings of well being.
- To keep independence in everyday living for as long as you possibly can.
“Not adding years to your life but rather adding life to your years”
- To allow you to continue doing all the things that you love to do – and to have the strength andenergy to learn new things as well.
- To reduce the impact of illness and chronic disease – improving the immune system, which also help with High BP, obesity, digestive functions, loss of bone and muscle mass, some forms of cancer etc.
- To reduce the risk of falling and fracturing and/or breaking bones
- by creating stronger muscles, better flexibility, greater mobility and greater balance as well as increasing bone density.
- To increase stamina and energy
- To improve your sleep – as exercise can help you fall asleep more quickly, sleep more deeply and waking up more energetic and refreshed.
- For weight loss and/or weight maintenance – by increasing the metabolism (which decreases considerably as we age) by building more muscle mass which, in turn, burns more calories.
- For the control and management of many medical conditions – such as Parkinson’s and osteoarthritis – exercise is paramount.
- Exercise does amazing things for your brain!’
- helps reduce anxiety and depression
- improves feelings of well-being
- boosts mood and self-confidence
- gives more energy with feelings of being more alert and sharper
- helps prevent memory loss and some cognitive decline.
- (Dee Simpson, Personal Trainer, Vintage Fitness)