Physical activity and exercise can help older adults stay healthy, energetic and independent. It has been proven that those who live an active lifestyle are at a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression and dementia.
In their old age, people may experience physical changes and health conditions that increase their chances of falls. Physicians at HealthQuest provide effective slip and fall and rehab programs for older adults, and they also encourage the elderly to benefit from other fitness programs. Such combined programs serve as effective non-pharmacologic intervention to reduce pain and restore balance.
Fitness programs for active older adults include:
SilverSneakers® Fitness Program
SilverSneakers is the premier fitness program provided at no cost by more than 60 health plans nationwide. This innovative exercise program specially designed for older adults combines physical activity, healthy lifestyle, and social oriented programming. You can also enjoy aerobics, yoga and aquatics classes. The program comes with a mission to make fitness more fun and accessible to everyone. Its massive network of gyms give you access to weights, exercise equipment and amenities at all the fitness locations in the network.
Classes at Kings Bay Y
Kings Bay Y is a Jewish Community Center located at Nostrand Avenue. The center offers different fitness programs for the elderly including:
- Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation to promote stress reduction and mental clarity
- Yoga stretch that includes a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement
- Variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills
- Standing circuit workout that combines fun and fitness to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance power
Chair Yoga Program
Chair yoga is a low-impact yoga workout that can relax your body and mind. A new study, conducted by researchers at the Florida Atlantic University and published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, has found that chair yoga can improve the pain and physical function in older adults with osteoarthritis. Such a yoga program can improve strength, flexibility and overall health. Candidates can benefit from the classes offered at Paerdegat Library in Brooklyn, NY.
All such fitness programs along with HealthQuest’s strength training programs will help you enjoy a life of wellbeing and fun.