Gone are the days when the newly retired stay home to bake cookies and take a nap in the La-Z-Boy. Adults, 55 and older, now compose the largest growth market for health and fitness activities.
Being active has a multitude of both physical and mental health benefits as well as social benefits. Meeting new people, making friends, and feeling good is important once the previous network of career and work colleagues is no longer there. Keeping active allows older adults to be independent longer and enjoy a higher quality of life. An active lifestyle also reduces the chance of dementia and depression. Staying active allows older adults to enjoy all the activities of life such as playing with grandchildren, walking to shops, meeting up with friends, and so on. Activity also prevents injuries. Falls, one of the leading causes of injuries and immobility in older adults, are less likely to occur if muscles stay strong through daily use.
Fortunately, for older adults today, there is wide selection of activities to choose from. The City of Waterloo offers numerous activities for all ages of adults, including those over 55. Some of the classes offered include Dance, Ballet Boot Camp, Low-impact Cardio Fitness, Mediation, Qi Gong, Yoga, and Zumba — all of which offer a wide range of intensity. For those adults who enjoy all the benefits of being in the water, perhaps a water fitness or Aqua Cycle class fits the bill. Moreover, you’re never too old to learn to swim with Senior Learn to Swim or Senior Strokes & Skills.
Visit waterloo.ca/programguide to learn about all the classes the City of Waterloo offers — and get active today!
Submitted by Jillian Fleming