Mind & Body
Healthy Aging is Possible Thanks to Silver Sneakers
4/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

Silver Sneakers


Feeling vibrant and energetic, having good flexibility and balance, and preventing or decreasing aches and pains – these are high on the wish list for most people. "Aging well is part genetics, yes, but people would be surprised to learn that a person’s degree of health and vitality largely depends on their habits,” says Adele Stewart, nationally certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer with Dynamic Dimensions Fitness Centers of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. 


Chronological age doesn’t necessarily correlate to the age someone feels. A person can feel a lot younger than they are if they’ve adopted a healthy lifestyle and a positive outlook. 


To help in the aging well process, Dynamic Dimensions offers the nationwide program called SilverSneakers.  "It’s a comprehensive fitness program for anyone looking for a gentler approach to fitness,” Stewart explains. "Cardio, muscle conditioning, flexibility, and balance are all included in the various classes offered. These classes provide variety while focusing on the important movements that will help our seniors live vibrantly.” 


SilverSneakers is available at no cost for those who qualify. The program utilizes select Medicare health plans, Medicare supplement carriers, and group retiree plans. A Dynamic Dimensions representative can assist with the qualification assessment.


By moving, stretching and lifting as much as possible, the body will be more fit and flexible. Research published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society found that being active substantially impacts one’s mobility as we age. 


For seniors who haven’t exercised in a while, choosing the right setting is important because the expertise of an exercise specialist is crucial to avoid injury. "For those who battle bad knees, bad backs, arthritis, high cholesterol and the list of things that can happen as we age, utilizing an exercise specialist who understands healthy aging is important. All of our exercise specialists are certified,” Stewart explained. "We understand how to help people of all fitness levels and ages attain better health.” The SilverSneakers program incorporates standing and sitting yoga and exercises, but can easily be modified to chair yoga and exercises for those who may not have the ability to stand.


The SilverSneakers program addresses aging in a positive way by offering classes as well as social events for seniors. "A lot of our SilverSneakers members enjoy the social aspect of the club, beyond simply attending the fitness classes,” says Stewart. 


Socializing is an important component of healthy aging. Within the SilverSneakers program, 49% of active members say they are motivated to continue exercising because they have a friend in the program. 


For more information about the SilverSneakers program at Dynamic Dimensions or to learn more about the qualifications, call the Sulphur location at (337) 527-5459 or the Moss Bluff location at (337) 855-7708.


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