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LOW-IMPACT EXERCISES FOR SENIORS WHO WANT TO STAY ACTIVE​

Getting older doesn’t mean losing independence, mobility, or health. As we age, a regular exercise routine can help us stay young and active. Low-impact exercises are great for seniors who want to stay fit. They are easy on the joints, help strengthen and stretch muscles, and are good for cardiovascular health. 

Some great low-impact workouts for seniors are swimming, yoga, indoor cycling, walking, and Tai Chi. By exercising several times a week, balance and flexibility can be improved along with general health and cognitive abilities. Swimming in particular is ideal for seniors because it is the king of increasing mobility and protecting bone health.

Swimming is a total body workout that has different levels of fitness. Seniors who are working on building their stamina often use kick boards or pool noddles to assist them, while the more advance work on their form and technique. 

Low-impact exercises in the pool go beyond swimming. Water aerobic activities like aqua jogging and strength training with water weights are great additions to a swimming or stand alone workout program. Mary Ann Wauters is one hundred and one years old and swims three days a week at her local YMCA of Baton Rouge. She is a testament to how staying active keeps both the body and mind young.

Everybody that works here, they're outstanding. And their programs and the activities, they keep you busy. Every person here is just wonderful

"Ms. Gigi" May Ann Waters

THE ACTIVE CENTENARIAN WHO SWIMS

Mary Ann, nicknamed Gigi by friends and family, started swimming as a young girl. Her two brothers pushed her into the water at Moon Lake and her journey with swimming began. As a senior, she is determined to stay active. She refuses to let her age of one hundred and one stop her from swimming, walking, or going to exercise classes.

Three days a week Gigi goes to the YMCA. An advocate for water aerobic exercise, she encourages everyone to swim. For those who want a different kind of water workout, she suggests walking in the water or using the water weights for strength training. Swimming three days a week has helped Gigi stay mobile and maintain a good sense of balance. 

She says being in the water relaxes every joint in her body and keeps her active. Staying fit through swimming is what she attributes to her longevity. 

When she’s not swimming, walking, or taking an exercise class at Williamsburg Senior Living Community where she lives, she is playing bridge, winning at bingo, and socializing with her friends. At one hundred and one she leads a full and vibrant social life.

HOW SHE ACTIVELY MAINTAINS HER INDEPENDENCE

Living at Williamsburg Senior Living Community in Baton Rouge, Louisiana gives Gigi the independence and freedom to maintain her own social calendar. Without the worry of keeping up a house or cooking meals she is able to use her time to stay as active as possible.

Williamsburg Senior Living Community is an apartment complex for retirees. Spacious studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments come with amenities that give active adults the freedom to pursue their hobbies and social lives.

Seniors who want to enjoy life after retirement choose Williamsburg because of it’s enriching community where they can keep their independent lifestyles. For those who need extra help, the community has an assisted living where personal care assistants are available for amenity services and emergencies.

Active adults living at Williamsburg stay busy with different activities and social clubs. Parties, happy hours, exercise classes, reading groups, sign language classes, and groups trips are some of the ways Gigi and her friends spend their time.

The social aspect of Williamsburg, along with the many actives and friendly people living and working in the community are what make Gigi happy to call Williamsburg home.

final thoughts

Aging doesn’t equal a loss of self-sufficiency or health. By keeping an active lifestyle and exercising weekly, active adults can maintain their independence well into their retirement years. Low-impact workouts like swimming help seniors keep their mobility and balance, and improve their physical and mental health.

Gigi is proof that by staying fit as you age, you can lead a full life well into your latter years. At one hundred and one she still maintains her independence as she did when she was younger. Her secret to living a long life is staying active. While she prefers swimming, she advocates for all seniors to keep moving by finding an exercise routine they enjoy. By doing that, they will be able to continue living their lives to the fullest at any age.

Williamsburg Senior Living Community is an apartment complex for retirees. Spacious studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments come with amenities that give active adults the freedom to pursue their hobbies and social lives. 

Seniors who want to enjoy life after retirement choose Williamsburg because of it’s enriching community where they can keep their independent lifestyles. For those who need extra help, the community has an assisted living where personal care assistants are available for amenity services and emergencies.

Active adults living at Williamsburg stay busy with different activities and social clubs. Parties, happy hours, exercise classes, reading groups, sign language classes, and groups trips are some of the ways Gigi and her friends spend their time. 

The social aspect of Williamsburg, along with the many actives and friendly people living and working in the community are what make Gigi happy to call Williamsburg home.

 

 

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