Fitness Programs At Sunrise Help Seniors Stay Active and Healthy

Sunrise Senior Living  |  October 4, 2011

One of the most important ways Sunrise serves our residents is by providing opportunities for them to engage in activities that enrich their mind, body and spirit.

Sunrise communities offer at least six meaningful activities a day, tailored to meet the needs, interests and desires of each residents. Sunrise has recently partnered with the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institute of Health (NIH) to incorporate their research and activity ideas into our communities through their Go4Life campaign.

According to the NIA, no older adult should allow themselves to be inactive. Even if "activity" only involves moving around the house, some is better than none. The NIA recommends that older adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week for substantial health benefits, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity for more extensive health benefits.

The GO4Life campaign explains the health benefits of engaging in the four varieties of exercise - endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. Endurance exercises like walking, dancing or swimming keep the heart, lungs and circulatory system healthy, staving off diseases like diabetes and heart conditions. Strength exercises, like lifting weights or using a resistance band, can make a significant difference in an older adult's ability to live independently. Balance exercises like standing on one foot or doing tai chi can also help in this way, preventing falls and improving balance. Seniors can stay flexible by stretching regularly or doing yoga to stay limber.

In partnership with the Go4Life campaign, Sunrise Senior Living communities offer residents at least two opportunities to improve their physical fitness and wellness every day. The program aims to improve participants' overall physical fitness, as well as educate the residents about making healthy lifestyle choices. By choosing from exercises such as tai chi, yoga, dancing, Wii Fit or bowling, residents can create a personalized program based on their needs, monitored by a program coordinator. Stretching and flexibility classes as well as walking clubs will engage seniors in an exercise routine they can stick to and have fun doing. It is always recommended that seniors consult their physicians prior to engaging in any type of exercise that is different or more strenuous from their regular routine. 

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