at NUNNEY VILLAGE HALL
12noon in BRADFORD ON AVON
With Gina/Deb alternate weeks
12noon in NORTH BRADLEY
With Gina/Mich on the alternate weeks
Functional health is probably THE MOST IMPORTANT benefit of physical activity for older adults. Physical activity contributes to the ease of doing everyday activities, such as gardening, walking or cleaning the house ~ or, being healthy enough for everyday FUNCTIONS! I like to add exercises to my classes that teach people how to walk in snow, or on ice, to carry boxes, lift heavy objects etc, so that everyday functions can then become second nature, and therefore safer to perform.
Strength training is extremely important for all adults, but especially so for older adults, as it prevents loss of muscle mass and bone, and is beneficial for functional health.
Flexibility is also important. Each day you perform aerobic or strength-training activities, you should also stretch the major muscle and tendon groups, with 10-30 seconds for each stretch. Flexibility training will promote the ease of performing everyday activities, and once again promote functional health.
Emotional Wellbeing – the fitness feel-good factor, has been greatly under-valued until recently. The psychological benefits gained through being physically active are of immeasurable importance. Self-esteem, confidence, self-worth, feeling part of a group, all this comes as a result of group exercise. The sense of achievement from just completing regular sessions boosts all those feelings. Social interaction and friendship can evolve within the groups, and often can provide a much needed avenue for meeting new people and making friends. In the USA, these benefits have been noted by the medical profession, and doctors have been known to prescribe patients Zumba® classes as a first step approach to ease signs of depression, with astounding results.
Being Fit Makes you FEEL GOOD!
The general recommendation is that older adults should meet or exceed 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week. However, it is also recognized that goals below this threshold may be necessary for older adults who have physical impairments or functional limitations.
We all have to start somewhere!
Below are the recommendations of the world’s recognised authority on the subject – ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine)
If you CAN exceed these recommendations….. do it! The minimum recommendations are just that: the minimum needed to maintain health and see fitness benefits. It doesn’t need to be in a class, it doesn’t have to cost money, a regular healthy walk at the right pace for the right duration will do as well. The key to success is, make a plan, and stick to it! Whatever the weather, make exercise a part of your everyday routine. It is a proven fact that when people exercise in a Group environment, they are more likely to stick to the programme, and therefore more likely to reap the benefits.
Mature Movers is a programme of exercises focussing greatly on functional fitness for all. We have a traditional warm up followed by a heart-raising section, leading into muscular strength and endurance. For this, we use a variety of small handweights, resistance bands, floor mats and pilates balls. We ALWAYS end with a nice long gratifying stretch to promote good flexibility.
The exercises are based on providing everyone with a clear sense of correct technique and posture, hopefully to enable each person to continue the exercises at home. This is greatly encouraged, as the more the exercises are performed, the fitter and stronger the person will be!! You are able to do as much or as little as you like, I am accustomed to modifying my routines for individual circumstances.
I choose music from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s in the main part, and a good sing-along is often heard to accompany the occasional giggle, grunt or groan!!
The work shouldn’t be so easy as you don’t notice it, but I am careful to set it at an appropriate level so that everyone achieves improvement from EVERY session.
One of my proudest moments in my 20year long teaching career is when two ladies I had been teaching for six months became able to get down onto and up from a floor mat, something they could not do before attending my sessions.
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Zumba Gold is a speciality Zumba® programme which has all the great motivating Zumba music and moves but at a more gentle, achievable pace. It is suitable for active older participants, deconditioned adults, absolute beginners, and those with ‘special considerations’. It is a great way to introduce Zumba to someone who may find a regular Zumba class too difficult.For instance, people with a hip or knee replacement may need more than just small adaptations in a regular class… Zumba Gold would be ideal for them.
Fitsteps FAB is The NEW low intensity programme from the original FitSteps dance-fitness programme developed by Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing! Authentic dance steps to Waltz, Quickstep, Jive and Cha Cha Cha at an achievable pace and fitness level. FAB has all new dances, including sway waltz, charleston. bossa nova. No Partners Necessary.