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Last month I discussed tai chi which had featured on Dr Mosley’s ‘Just one thing’ radio 4 programme – this week he talked about lifting weights to improve our health. He focused on three exercises – bicep curls, calf raises and weighted squats suggesting 10- 15 mins a day.
These muscle strengthening exercises aimed to increase muscle mass as research has shown this gives many benefits including increased immunity, decreased blood sugar and ultimately reduces early mortality. Of course, it also increases bone density too – something anyone over retirement age should be looking to do.
He also discussed muscle strengthening activities also enhances brain power as it releases substances in the body which ‘act as a fertiliser for the brain’. I loved this analogy as I visualised little wheelbarrows of manure being taken to the brain of all my customers that exercise with weights in my classes!
Trials using resistance exercises (with weights and resistance bands) showed participants remembered things better which is great news! In fact, the 3 exercises that they were focussing on all feature in our classes regularly which is good to know.
So, are you incorporating regular muscle strengthening exercises into your week? Not sure where to start? Why not start exercising regularly with us down at the community centre? There are several classes held on Monday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons so there should be something to suit everyone. Give me a call to find out more and book a taster class.
This page is published by Angela Amphlett
Active Seniors has been operating from the Community Centre since 2016 and more recently has increased its sessions in Hagley to three times a week on Monday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. A variety of classes for older adults are available including the very popular strength and balance classes, a Happy Hearts class to improve heart fitness and stamina and also tai chi and qigong on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Angela is a very experienced instructor, qualified to work with a range of people including those with a number of controlled health conditions including heart and breathing issues, balance issues and health conditions such as osteoporosis, diabetes, asthma and muscular skeletal problems.
Please call to discuss class options on 07512 546480