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Exercise can give older adults much more than a physical boost.

Here are three of the top reasons seniors exercise:

  1. With age, bones become brittle, skin gets thinner, joints get stiffer and balance can become difficult. Exercise relaxes the joints, tones and strengthens muscles and bones, and gives us the ability to have a good balance, which reduces the risk of falling.
  2. Exercise is fabulous for memory because good posture opens our airway for oxygen to pass through to the brain.
  3. It actually can be fun. Exercise is a great way to start the day, and exercising in a group provides moral support, positive social interaction and nothing wrong with have a good time.

Cambridge House of O’Fallon offers various exercise groups, which are open to the public. On Mondays and Wednesdays, we offer a “Living Well” fitness group, which is led by our Resident Services Coordinator. These groups are mostly chair exercises and light weights or stretches — nothing too strenuous for the beginner.

We also offer a seated Tai Chi exercise class with slow motion movement. (It’s fantastic for arthritis as well.) Guests can join us for Chair Tai Chi classes led by a Cambridge House resident on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

To add some spice to our week, Cambridge House residents also meet for chair dancing classes at 10 a.m. on Fridays.

Grab a friend and join us for one of our upcoming classes!