Staff at Girton Green Independent Living Complex in Cambridge joined residents and spa members from the local community in a motivating ‘Dance To Music’ class delivered by in-house Fitness Instructor Lou Carter.
Each morning from Monday – Friday, Lou carries out a range of fitness classes including Gym and Aqua Fit, Strength and Balance and Seated Exercises promoting health and well-being.
Lou said: “Maintaining fitness and mobility are key to both physical and mental wellbeing. Movement to music is an enjoyable and social way to exercise and is especially popular with those who are less keen on a traditional ‘workout’. I love working at Girton Green with such dedicated staff, friendly residents and Spa members.”
Spa member, Jane added:
Girton Green is a marvellous resource for the local community and I have been a spa member for three years. Lou is an inspiring tutor, giving us over 55s cheerful, varied and manageable classes that are enjoyed by residents and non-residents alike. I am now doing more exercise than I have ever done in my life. I’m the one in the spotty tights, right of Lou – it was suggested that we wear silly clothes that morning but I think everyone else sensibly went for comfort and practicality!
The importance of keeping active in later life
As we all know, an active lifestyle is recommended no matter what age you are, with even small levels of physical activity having the ability to make a big difference to overall quality of life. However, as we get older and become more prone to illness and injury, exercise and activity becomes even more important. There are ways to do it safely and make it fun, 'Dance to Music' being one of those ways!
Physical activity in later life can help you to:
- Stay healthy for longer
- Increase energy levels
- Boost your mood and mental well-being
- Improve your self esteem
- Meet new people and make new friends
- Reduce chances of having a fall or injury
- Stay independent for longer
There is strong evidence that shows that active people have a lower risk of heart disease, strokes, depression and dementia. To reduce your risk of these illnesses as continue to live independently throughout later life, it’s a great idea to keep active and keep moving!