It is easy to think that the older we get, the less we are able to do in terms of physical activity. Just because we can’t strap on the football pads, spike a few volleyballs or race around the track like we did in high school, doesn’t mean we should give up on being active each day. No matter our age or situation, being active is important to stay healthy. Regular physical activity can reduce the likelihood of developing dementia and physical activity can also help improve cognition in adults with some mild cognitive decline.
Just like for everyone, as older adults, it is important to find an activity that you like and are able to do. It doesn’t have to be complicated; it can be as simple as walking around your block. And don’t be afraid to try something new. Often times, taking an exercise class can benefit you physically as well as socially. Many of the recreation or senior centers here in the Vegas valley offer a variety of classes for older adults. This can be a great chance to meet other people and get in some activity.
Here are some ideas for classes to try:
Sit N Fit: This is a class with a little bit of everything; cardiovascular, endurance, strength, balance and abdominal conditioning. Participants perform a variety of low impact exercises both standing and seated.
Qigong: This type of class will help increase your flexibility and lower your stress levels by holding different yoga poses in a relaxing environment.
Yoga for seniors: This is often a lower intensity form of yoga focused on breathing, posture, and gentle movements. Yoga can improve balance and flexibility, which are both important for a group at higher risk for falls.
Aquatic Exercise: Water’s buoyance means workouts done in the pool generate less impact on bones and joints. This makes aquatic aerobics or swimming a good option for people looking to improve aerobic fitness under lower impact conditions.
Dance-based fitness: During dance fitness classes, participants often need to remember different steps, and in some cases interact with a partner. This offers participants a fun way to be physically active, build aerobic fitness, be social, and challenge the mind and memory.
Tai Chi: Tai Chi is a relaxing, low impact form of exercise that has been shown to help improve sleep quality, muscle strength, balance, and flexibility.
To find local classes check out the following links:
Clark County Recreation and Senior Centers
Get Healthy Calendar of Classes
City of Las Vegas Classes
City of Henderson Classes
City of North Las Vegas Classes