Body Sculptors of Spartanburg also has a senior class that meets twice a week for range of motion training. The senior class is designed to build the muscles used for everyday tasks. This is a slow paced class that seniors of any age or health condition can enjoy and accomplish. The class is inviting and easy to follow, you will not be pushed any harder than you push yourself!
More and more older adults are proving every day that they aren't too old to exercise. In fact, the older you are, the more you need regular exercise. The goal of BodySculptors’ Senior Wellness Class is to increase older adults’ knowledge and engagement about nutrition and physical fitness and to promote a healthy lifestyle.
The Centers of Disease Control [CDC] (2001) stated that regular exercise or physical activity is a powerful health promotion strategy. Physical activity has been linked to improved cardiovascular functions, pulmonary functions, strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, memory, and mood. Improving strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance can reduce the risk of falls
among older adults. Reducing the risk of falls can prevent primary and/or secondary disabilities/diseases from occurring as well as preventing a decrease in one’s perception of quality of life.
The American Council on Exercise: Exercise for Older Adults (1998) stated that there are several physiological and psychological benefits of physical activity. Physiological benefits of physical activity include but are not limited to: regulation of glucose levels, stimulation of adrenaline and non-adrenaline, improved sleep, enhanced aerobic and cardiovascular capacity, increased muscle strength, enhanced flexibility, improved balance and coordination, and improved regulation of movement velocity. Psychological benefits of physical activity include but are not limited to: relaxation, reduced stress and anxiety, enhanced mood state, general well-being, improved mental health, improved cognition, and enhanced skill acquisition.
Our Senior Wellness Class is based on two areas that affect the health and well-being of older adults:
1. One area that is important to older adult’s health is being physically fit. Our classes will teach new exercises and help the older adult improve gross and fine motor coordination through fitness. We will focus on aerobic, strengthening and flexibility exercises.
2. The second component is the nutrition component and this portion of the class will focus on older adulthood nutrition. The older adult will be encouraged to eat healthy foods such as vegetables and fruits. Older adults will also be
encouraged to learn about mindful eating, portion control, and/or how to obtain a well balanced diet.