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The Best Exercise Classes For Over 50s

Age is just a number and we firmly believe that everyone should have access to fitness, ensuring they live their healthiest, happiest life. Whether you have kept fit over the years, or are making a New Years resolution to exercise more; there are a variety of 24/7 Fitness classes that are well suited to anyone aged 50 and above.

Benefits of exercise in later life

There are a whole host of benefits from taking up exercise in later life, including:

Maintaining a healthy weight

From middle age onwards it seems that keeping our weight down becomes more and more difficult. Most of us blame this on a decreasing metabolism, but there is more to it than that. It’s true that your metabolism will slow over the years, but mid-to-late-life weight gain is related more to us being less active.

Let’s face it, we are more likely to opt to use the lift rather than take the stairs and drive to the local supermarket rather than walk. This, coupled with the fact that most of our social encounters revolve around food (and larger portions of food) makes later-life weight gain feel almost inevitable.

We don’t have to work out five days a week, for hours on end to maintain a healthy weight and physique. By being a little more mindful of what we eat and engaging in light exercise, we can keep our weight at a healthy level.

Improving our thinking skills

When we talk about exercise we often use the phrase ‘get the blood pumping’. When we work out we are sending blood to our brains as well as to the muscles we are using. Research suggests that exercising multiple times a week is the optimal way to improve the memory and thinking skills of people aged 50 and over.

Aerobic exercise improves cognitive thinking, and muscle training has a significant impact on our brains executive functions (that is the brain’s ability to organise and plan.

Reducing fall risks

According to the NHS, 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 will experience at least one fall per year. Whilst most falls will not cause serious injury, it can have an impact on mental health; including a decrease in confidence and feelings of lost independence.

It’s no secret that as we age, our bodies don’t work as well as they did at 20. But exercising regularly can actually slow that process down and reduce our risk of falling.

Positively impacting our mental health

Another benefit of exercising in later life is the positive impact it has on our mental health. The chemical changes in our brain that take place when we exercise can change our mood. So when we are feeling a little grumpy, hitting the gym can make us feel better.

Not to mention that exercise can help boost self-esteem, self-confidence and give us the opportunity to connect with others; all of which has a positive impact on our mental health.

A great way to make friends

Last, but by no means least, joining a gym and attending regular classes is a great way to make new friends. Meet like-minded people, or people that can positively challenge our thinking and make keeping fit even more enjoyable.

What’s the best exercise for over 50s?

Now we have convinced you, the next question is, what’s the best exercise for people over the age of 50? This is a difficult question to answer as your current physical ability and personal goals play a huge role in deciding what exercise is best for you.

Therefore, we have compiled a list of fitness classes that cater to all ages and abilities so you can decide for yourself what the best exercise for you might be.

Lite Aerobics

If you consider yourself to be an active, older adult then Lite Aerobics will be your cup of tea. This class involves toning, stretching and dancing. This class is great if you are looking for cardiovascular exercise that increases flexibility, rhythm and body conditioning.

Yoga

Yoga is a fantastic form of exercise that works on your physical health and your mental wellbeing. Enjoy a more relaxed state of mind that you can carry with you outside of classes. It will enhance your muscular endurance as well as your flexibility, helping to keep your body agile. 

Pilates

Our Pilates classes are a great option for complete beginners as well as people who are familiar with this form of exercise. Similar to Yoga, this class aims to improve your general fitness and wellbeing. If you are looking for an exercise class that tones muscles and improves balance, posture and mobility, as well as reducing your risk of injury; then this is the class for you. Not to mention that Pilates will melt away any stress and tension you may be feeling.

Les Mills Body Balance

Les Mills classes are taking the world by storm. If you are over 50 and want to get in on the craze, then we highly recommend our Les Mills Body Balance class. This class incorporates Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates, all to a background soundtrack. If you are looking for an exercise class to strengthen your entire body and leave you feeling calm and content, then this class can not come recommended enough.

Stretch

As we have previously stated, we don’t believe that age should have any impact on our ability to exercise. Our Stretch class is a fantastic option for all abilities, ages and attitudes towards exercise. This class does involve an element of movement but mainly focuses on stretching. This may be a comfortable option, but you will definitely reap the benefits.

Whatever form of exercise you prefer, you are guaranteed to find something that suits you at 24/7 Fitness.