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Resources for Seniors: Wellness and exercise
By Joyce Cassells
As most of us have already heard, exercise is good for many aspects of health and for all persons, especially seniors. Health benefits of exercise can mean relief from arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Physical benefits for seniors include increased strength, improved balance, increased endurance, and improved flexibility.
As seniors, our exercise interests and capabilities can vary by person and over time. Some of us can run marathons and some of us need just to walk at a leisurely pace. Some of us can exercise individually and some of us like a partner or even prefer group sessions.
A Medicare program called Silver Sneakers pays for exercise membership at a variety of exercise clubs. If you are not already enrolled in Silver Sneakers, go to the internet link: http://www.healthpocket.com/medicare/silver-sneakers. Or call 800-935-0746. Or call one of the insurance plans listed below for California.
Some local exercise providers who cater to seniors and accept the Silver Sneakers program are Curves (several SF Locations), FitLite (Noe Valley), and the YMCA (several SF locations).
Other exercise options for seniors include:
· Walking ─ Explore the Saturday morning walking tours of SF Parks and Recreation (415) 418-0735 or email@example.com) Several Sixty Plus members are already involved.
· Senior Centers ─ The Aquatic Park Senior Center at the SF wharf (415-775-1866) offers a wide variety of fitness programs, from line dancing , Qi Gong, stretch, circuit training, yoga, hula, fall prevention, Zumba, ping pong, and more. The Doelger Senior Center of Daly City (650-746-8359) also has fitness classes designed for seniors.
· Partnering ─ Just walk up to your fellow Sixty Plus member(s) and suggest going to an exercise activity together or going on a walk together.
Individual exercise ─ Purchase a DVD like “Sit and be Fit” or home equipment like the “Chair Gym” that are designed for seniors.
last updated: 11/03/14