Exercise classes keep seniors active and strong


2016CommunityBulletin-9We all know the benefits of regular exercise include stress relief, weight management and better sleep, and in the South West LHIN there are also exercise classes that help keep seniors strong, independent and prevent falls.

In Oxford County alone there are 33 Exercise and Falls Prevention locations for people ages 55 and older. At each class, trained staff and volunteers lead participants through one hour programs with movements that improve cardiovascular strength, flexibility, and balance. Classes have a falls prevention component as well, with helpful advice on everything from nutrition to managing a chronic illness. Classes range from seated for those with mobility issues, to standing for those looking for more of a challenge.

“If I weren’t stronger, I couldn’t care for him as well as I need to,” said Louise. “And I would never do it on my own. I wouldn’t do it if it weren’t a group thing, because I enjoy the laughter.”

“Exercise is very important for overall wellbeing,” says Eliza Reid, a registered kinesiologist and a SMART and Falls Prevention Coordinator for Oxford County. “Not only is it keeping people physically strong, but it also provides an opportunity to socialize with others and stay emotionally healthy.”

Louise A. began attending the program after she retired. It allowed her to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. It also helps her stay strong so she can care for her adult son with special needs.

There are hundreds of classes held each month in communities across Oxford County. For more information on how to register, contact the VON office at 519-539-1231 ext. 230.Looking for an exercise class near you?