You likely know how important physical fitness is to maintaining your vitality, mobility and independence as you age. But sticking to a fitness routine is easier said than done — especially when you’re doing it on your own. Among the plethora of benefits of moving to a senior living community, senior fitness programs are an enormous advantage. Communities offer a wide range of opportunities to stay fit, from group classes to personalized programs to experienced fitness instructors.
When you first move into most senior living communities, you can sit down with a senior fitness specialist to create a fitness plan. The key to staying on track with any fitness program is to establish realistic milestones to work toward. And while the hard part is following the plan, by working with an expert to identify opportunities to make fitness part of your everyday life, sticking to your plan can become easier. Be it strength training, functional fitness, water aerobics, or anything in between, there will likely be specific exercises and classes for all mobility activity levels.
Perhaps the most valuable aspect of having an exercise program at a senior living community is the abundance of support you’ll receive. Communities want to keep you as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Not only do they want you to live a long and happy life, being physically fit decreases the cost of additional care such as long term skilled nursing or rehabilitation. Most communities offer a variety of fitness classes to support your health goals, including group exercise classes with other residents, a robust assortment of fitness equipment, and the assistance of a personal trainer. Personal trainers will help you stay on top of your routine and adjust as you work together to find out what’s working and what isn’t. It’s a tailored approach to fitness you simply won’t attain at home without spending substantial money on a private trainer.
In addition to team member support, you’ll also have the support of other community residents who, like you, want to prioritize their fitness. While fitness programs are customized to each individual, the support of fellow residents helping to keep one another accountable is a huge benefit. It also tends to make senior fitness programs far more enjoyable.
The support of senior living communities extends far beyond physical fitness. Dining programs are a major factor in many seniors’ decision to move to a community. Not only do many communities provide excellent, delicious meal options, they also ensure you’re getting the proper nutrition. In your planning phase, a dietitian or nutrition expert will usually design a meal plan to help you meet your fitness goals. The beauty of living in a community is that you don’t have to shop for, prepare, or stress over putting your nutrition plan into action. Generally, everything in your meal plan is provided by the community’s dining services. Plus, if the dietitian or nutritionist is on-site, sticking to your meal plan is immensely easier than doing it on your own.
The Support of Friendship Village of Bloomington
Senior fitness programs are just one of the many benefits of moving to a senior living community. At Friendship Village of Bloomington, we’re dedicated to supporting every aspect of your total well-being. From physical fitness to mental health to spiritual satisfaction, our residents live each day knowing their experience here is undeniably more fulfilling than aging in place at home. If you’d like to learn more about our stunning community, contact us by filling out the form at the bottom of this page or call us at 952-831-7500.