An increasing pool of data shows that exercise is vital to the good health of seniors.
In a recent study by Buck Institute faculty member Simon Melov, PhD, and Mark Tarnopolsky, MD, PhD, of McMaster University Medical Center in Hamilton, Ontario, exercise - resistance training in particular - actually rejuvenates muscle tissue in healthy senior citizens.
The study, which measured gene-expression profiles (a sort of molecular fingerprint of aging), resulted in a remarkable reversal of the "genetic fingerprint" back to levels similar to those of younger adults.
"We were very surprised by the study results," Melov said. "We expected to see gene expressions remain fairly steady in older adults. The fact that their 'genetic fingerprints' so dramatically reversed course gives credence to the value of exercise not only as a means of improving health, but as a way to help reverse the aging process itself, which is an additional incentive to exercise as you get older."
It's been proven to have many health benefits from strengthening bones to improving chronic illness.
WIRAC has a whole range of fitness classes designed just for seniors of all levels of fitness. Whether you've never been to a gym before and are just getting started, are managing ongoing medical issues, or are a fairly fit and active person, we've got the class for you!
Heartmoves - Heart Foundation Heartmoves is a gentle physical activity program focused at people with stable long term health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or obesity. You can exercise at your own pace in a friendly atmosphere. Click here to view brocher
Aqua Basic– This gentle pool based exercise class is for all ages and fitness levels. Classes are designed to improve your cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance and strength. Class duration is 45 minutes.
Aqua Gentle Hydro– Is held in our hydrotherapy pool. It is a gentle workout aimed at improving your muscles and physical well being. Well suited to people who are recovering from injuries with class length running for 45 minutes.
Pilates – Pilates aims to strengthen the “core” (i.e. abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks) and improves physical co-ordination and balance.
Badminton– Come along to the Badminton group twice a week from 10:00am-Midday to improve hand eye coordination and general fitness. Great way to meet new people and try something new.
Swimming - take it at your own pace and get your heart going with low impact exercise of lap swimming in our temperature controlled 25 metre indoor pool. You'll feel great!
WIRAC Contact phone number - 4661 7955
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