The Way to Wellness: Senior Fitness Classes at The Village

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Swim, cycle, and plié your way to improved mental well-being with state-of-the-art exercise facilities, regular senior fitness classes, and more at The Village Retirement Group! At The Village, we believe any hobby that doubles as a means of enhancing your mental and physical health (with a host of residual benefits to boot) is one worth nurturing.

The Many Benefits of an Active Lifestyle

Though it’s not exactly ground-breaking that exercise often acts as a conduit for the release of happy hormones, what’s less known is how extensive these benefits can be. 

Sure, you dry off from swimming laps at the pool or cool down from a barre class feeling like you’re on top of the world, but why is this? Well, you may be surprised to learn just how advantageous our senior fitness facilities and activities truly are!

According to an article from Healthdirect, exercise is known to enlarge the hippocampus in the brain. In turn, this can improve memory, minimise the chance of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and reduce blood pressure, helping to mitigate stress.

In fact, a statement from the Public Health Association of Australia found that 13 per cent of Alzheimer’s cases worldwide are linked to physical inactivity. What’s more, they deduced that increasing physical exercise positively affected neuronal health, neurotransmitters, and blood flow to the brain.

Exercising Your Mind and Body at The Village

Even just 30 minutes of exercise can have a plethora of mental and physical benefits. It’s no wonder the retirees living in our villages are making the most of the many facilities and classes we have to offer! 

Whether you’re looking for aqua aerobics, dancing classes, or cardio exercises for older adults, you’ll find it all with The Village Retirement Group. We have a number of different exercise facilities and fitness classes in each of our villages, including but not limited to:

  • Heated swimming pools
  • Bocce, lawn bowls and indoor bowls
  • State-of-the-art senior’s gyms
  • Resident physiotherapists
  • Fizzio classes
  • Yoga and Tai Chi rooms
  • Ballet and line dancing classes

 A Word From One of Our Dance Teachers

The Village Redcliffe’s accomplished dance class facilitator, Gail Bubb, can’t sing the praises of aerobics for seniors high enough.

“There are so many wonderful benefits from weekly aerobic activity for elderly people, such as improved mental health and wellbeing through community connections and social interactions within The Village, improved cardiovascular health, overall strengthening of muscles to prevent or aid in speedier recovery from falls, improved cognitive function and coordination with repetition of movement, and simple and complex patterning sequences to improve memory skills, balance, and agility.” she says.

In her experience, the students who partake in her ballet classes reap an array of benefits that, in turn, holistically contribute to mental wellness and tenacity.

“Undertaking ballet classes has led to positive well-being outcomes such as a real sense of achievement and feeling more happy and excited,” she says.

“Students look forward to their ballet classes each week and look forward to catching up with their class friends. Ballet improves control and awareness of muscles as well as balance and stability. Ballet is an opportunity to mindfully focus within the class for its duration, allowing students to immerse themselves and enjoy the experience.”

Chat With Us Today About How You Can Stay Fit and Active With The Village Retirement Group

With a plethora of senior fitness classes on offer across The Village Retirement Group’s communities, you’re sure to find an activity that excites you. Our classes are available for everyone, so whether you wish to participate independently or with a friend, our instructors are ready to help you on your journey to wellness.

While you may aspire to plié, jete and chassé your way to a healthier mindset in a class like Gail’s, there are several different classes for you to try. We encourage our residents to set their own pace and do whatever activities bring them joy. If a gentle 30-minute walk each day is enough for you, you’ll be happy to know that it’s enough to boost your mental wellness as well!

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