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Move to keep moving. Seems pretty simple, though easier said than done often times. The good news: there is no inherently right or wrong way to move in this respect!
“Move it or lose it” and “use it or lose it” are statements we can take at face value when it comes to our bodies and their ability to move and function optimally. Our bodies don’t want to spend any more energy than they need to. We are energy conservation machines at their finest. That being said, if the body doesn’t have to keep up the muscle strength or flexibility in order for us to move, it won’t. This is why it is so vital to simply keep moving.
Moving more can mean finding a group exercise class or exercise routine to do. It can also mean dancing, walking, swimming, vacuuming more vigorously, gardening, riding a bike, or doing a few squats every time you enter a new room. It doesn’t always have to be structured. An added perk is that you don’t have to do it all at once either. You can spread these things out throughout the day to meet your needs and lifestyle.
For those who would like an opportunity for a little more structured movement, Panorama offers residents a variety of group exercise classes, such as:
- Water Aerobics
- Aqua Fit
- Beginning Water Fitness
- Tai Ji Quan: Movement for Better Balance
- Mat Pilates
- Zumba or International Folk Dancing
- Nordic Walking for Balance (beginner)
- Nordic Walking for Fitness (moderate/advanced)
- Let’s Move!: Aging Well Through Motion
- And many others!
All of the classes offered to Panorama residents can benefit just about everyone, whether you are rehabbing from an injury or surgery or if you are a beginner to fitness.
Erin Dorn, Aquatic & Fitness Coordinator