Exercise slow the effects of aging. A body in motion will age slower than one that is sedentary. Exercise facilitates the losing of weight and the strengthening and building of muscle. Losing weight has been shown to reduce the risk for diabetes and heart disease and improve metabolic function in liver, fat and muscle tissue.
Studies have repeatedly shown that older adults can boost longevity with exercise. Just moving around and doing light-intensity activity will have strong effects and is beneficial.
Aqua fitness is CBAC’s longest running physical fitness activity. It takes place at the Centre Sportif de la Petite Bourgogne swimming pool in Little Burgundy—which is adapted for the elderly. Aqua fitness is thrice weekly; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11am to 12 pm, and year-round, except during holidays.
Targeting those with reduced mobility, aches and pains as well as those whose aim is to improve flexibility and reduce stress, yoga on a chair is a safe and gentle exercise program that delivers some of the health and wellness benefits of yoga.
Dancing, especially practicing intricate dance choreography sustains and strengthen mind, body and muscle coordination. Dancing is a fun exercise.
Dancing is known to improve heart and lung function, improve coordination and balance and reduce stress. Studies show dancing especially practicing intricate dance choreography—cognitively-challenging dance strengthens both body and mind. Dancing is not only a fun exercise but a social and bonding activity as well.
CBAC’s Folk/Cultural dance program is more than an exercise class. It draws on West Indian/Caribbean dance and sustains connection. Participants in the program are now known as CBAC Folk Dancers and are increasingly asked to perform at community functions.
Although not everyone can sing and singing is not associated with exercise, when it comes to seniors, it can be defined as such. Seniors can obtain a tremendous amount of health benefits from singing.
Besides the joy and vibrant sense of well-being singing engenders, having to learn and retain the words of a song, as well as its pitch, key and tune puts the brain cells—the mind to work. Singing exercises the mouth, gets the lungs involved and facilitates breath control and deep breathing.