Physical activity should be a priority all year round for seniors | Health

As we enter the second week of the New Year, many resolutions have already come and gone. However, a local expert suggests that adding movement and physical activity to a person’s daily routine should be a high priority all year round.

“Movement is medicine, and when you stop moving it affects your overall health and well-being,” said Caden Ritter, certified strength and conditioning trainer at Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine. “Movement really helps you stay healthy for longer. “

Exercise is proven to help with balance, flexibility, and endurance. “Many participants in our adult fitness class say they feel refreshed, are able to keep up with the pace of children and grandchildren, and feel better overall,” said Ritter.

The National Institutes on Aging report that exercise is great for mental and physical health and can help people stay independent as they age. Clay County Senior Services is offering Clay County residents over the age of 60 who participate in adult fitness classes at Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine a rebate of $ 30 per person per term, with a maximum rebate of $ 120 per term. year.

“Our first class at Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine is free, so the hard part is trying it,” Ritter said. “You might feel hesitant or demotivated to come in, but my goal is to help you feel better and move around better when you leave. “

Balance is a key area. Each class begins with an easy warm-up, then the movements are personalized according to the ability and choice of each participant. Currently, the oldest participant is 80 years old, but there is no age limit for registration.

“A lot of people who haven’t exercised for a while feel short of breath and tire quickly because their strength and stamina are lacking,” Ritter said. “However, as they continue to attend class and start to get stronger, they feel better and their motivation increases once they experience the benefits of exercise.”

If you haven’t exercised in a while, Ritter suggests speaking with a primary care provider first about any health concerns or health concerns. Your provider can also help you determine if certain exercises should be avoided.

Here are some tips for getting started with the National Institutes on Aging:

• Start slowly at your current fitness level.

• Warm up before exercising and cool off afterwards.

• Start with low intensity exercise.

• Drink water before, during and after physical activity.

• A constant rate of progression is preferable.

“It’s amazing to see a person go from the beginner stage to endurance, balance, flexibility and strength,” said Ritter. “I have seen a lot of success in this group. Even if a person comes to class with pain or stiffness, they usually leave in better shape and with a smile.

Adult fitness classes are offered Monday through Friday at Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine, located at 398 N. Blue Jay Drive (behind Dick’s Sporting Goods) in Liberty, MO.

To learn more about adult fitness classes or to schedule a free class visit, call 407-2315 ext 0 and ask for Coach Caden Ritter or Coach Taylor Earle. To learn more about Clay County Senior Services and its community exercise partners, visit

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