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Get MovingFitness Day News reports that “100,000 older adults will participate in activities at more than 1,000 locations throughout the U.S. on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 as we celebrate the 23rd annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day. The common goal for this day: to help keep older Americans healthy and fit. Always set for the last Wednesday in May, National Senior Health & Fitness Day is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for older adults.” We are proud to be a part of this national event!

Here at Springmoor, the Pathways Fitness Team will be hosting two days of special events to encourage our community to keep moving. Some of the classes we’ll be offering include Cardio + Balance, Strong Foundations, Better L.I.F.E., Barre Fit, Line Dance, and three different levels of water exercise – Aqua Soothe, Aqua Boost & Aqua Fit.

We’ve all heard the phrase, “move it or lose it,” and it’s true! If you’re not actively seeking ways to live a healthy lifestyle, you will eventually see changes in your strength and abilities, ultimately affecting your quality of life.

Here is an exercise C.H.E.C.K. list to think about as you start or continue on your fitness journey.

Water volleyball provides a few laughs and some great exercise
Water volleyball provides a few laughs and some great exercise

CONSISTENT

It’s important to be consistent with your exercise efforts if you want to see improvements. It’s easy to get frustrated if we don’t feel better or stronger right away, but we have to be patient and put in the work to see the results. It’s worth it! Don’t forget to set a realistic goal. If you haven’t been exercising regularly, start with a goal of 2 or 3 days a week and build from there.

HELP

Exercise is not a one size fits all program. You need to find the right type and amount of exercise that is safe for your body. Be sure to communicate with your doctor and ask questions about what may or may not be safe for you. Physical and Occupational Therapists can also give recommendations based on your health and abilities. Personal trainers and fitness specialists can give tips and recommendations about what exercises to do based on the information from your doctors and therapists.

Balance, Squat, Step and Twist
Balance, Squat, Step and Twist

ENJOY

Find something you like to do and you will most likely continue doing it. Exercise should be fun because you are doing something positive for your health.

CHALLENGING

If you want to become stronger, increase your endurance, or improve your balance, you must challenge the appropriate systems – muscular, cardiovascular, and vestibular, etc.

Lift to the left, lift to the right, repeat
Lift to the left, lift to the right, repeat

KEEP TRYING

Don’t be afraid to try new things. It’s good for your brain and your body! If you encounter a setback, don’t give up. You can always start with a new goal or new plan. It is never too late to start exercising or make improvements.

Kari Richie and the Springmoor Wellness Center team offer over 40 classes each week. We invite you to participate this week in our special events. It will make your muscles feel better and put a smile on your face. A little music, a little water, a few stretches or some quick steps are a great way to Keep Moving. Put on your exercise gear and join us on Wednesday and Thursday!