Getting Back to Health Post Quarantine
Change is hard. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have had to overcome different challenges and create new daily routines. Social distancing and isolation have been found to have significant negative effects on a person’s physical health and well-being. Specifically for older adults, evidence has shown a relationship between social isolation and loneliness with disability, chronic diseases, risk of mortality and physical inactivity. Older adults who engage in physical activity display greater dynamic balance and muscle strength compared to those who do not. Our bodies also release endorphins during exercise which are also known as our feel-good hormones! That being said, not only does being active improve our physical health but it also has countless benefits for our overall well-being.
What to Expect From the Class
To tackle the negative effects social isolation has had on the mind and body, Monterey Bay Moves and the Marina Seniors Center are coming together to offer a group exercise class for older adults in the community. This class will be held outdoors once a week at Vince DiMaggio Park on Mondays from 10:00 to 11:00am. The class is designed to help seniors maintain their strength, balance, and mobility. For those wondering what to expect, you can look forward to practicing breathing exercises and gentle stretching to warm up the body. To help build strength and improve balance we will perform bodyweight resistance exercises for the upper and lower body. Each exercise will be done at a low volume and can be performed either in a standing or seated position, whichever feels most comfortable for you. The class ends with a cool down phase of stretching and relaxation.
Getting Back Into the Swing of Things Together
After this past year, many of us are experiencing different feelings towards exercise. Some might feel excited to get back into a routine while others are nervous. We understand that it takes time to adjust and get back into the swing of things. We created this class as a safe place for seniors of any fitness level to participate in and work towards becoming healthier and more independent. Our commitment has always been to build a positive, healthy, and strong community. For that reason, we are excited to announce that we are now a Blue Zones Project Approved™ Organization!
Becoming a Blue Zone Community
Across the world, there are five places that share the similarity of being homes to the world’s healthiest and longest-lived people. These areas are Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California. Researchers have found that in each of these areas the individuals, also known as centenarians, all share similar lifestyles. Common lifestyle habits include moving naturally, eating wisely, connecting with others, and finding a purpose. We have taken the pledge to do our part in bettering our community’s well-being by making healthier choices and encouraging others to do the same. This class is one way we hope to inspire you to live a more active lifestyle and form a community with others in the class who surround and uplift you.
We look forward to having you join us! ☺
What: Seniors Strength Class
Where: Vince DiMaggio Park