Exercise Classes Offer Many Benefits to Seniors

Exercise class is very popular at Welty Home.

The loss of strength and stamina attributed to aging is in part caused by reduced physical activity. Experts say this inactivity increases with age. By age 75, about one in three men and one in two women engage in no physical activity.

Residents at Welty Home participate regularly in exercise classes. Besides being fun, and offering a chance for residents to spend time together, exercise offers a number of important benefits.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, exercise reduces the risk of falling and fracturing bones. It also decreases the risk of dying from coronary heart disease and of developing high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes. Exercise can help reduce blood pressure in some people with hypertension.

Research shows that exercise helps people with chronic, disabling conditions improve their stamina and muscle strength. It reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression and fosters improvements in mood and feelings of well-being. Exercise helps people maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints, and helps control joint swelling and pain associated with arthritis.

Welty Home is committed to helping our residents lead healthy, active lives. Exercise is an important part of it.