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Residents of Heritage Woods of Ottawa are enjoying the summer weather and finding many ways to stay active. Older adults who exercise tend to have improved immune and digestive functioning, better blood pressure and bone density, and have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, some forms of cancer and more. Additionally, senior physical activity decreases the risk of stroke and depression and allows seniors to maintain their independence longer. 

Heritage Woods of Ottawa recognizes the importance of resident physical activity and have been encouraging residents every day to get up and try a new exercise. Three mornings each week, we are participating in an outdoor walking club. Walking helps build lower body strength, a very important element of good balance. Walking is a safe exercise for most people and, in addition to improving balance, helps with overall body stability too. 

Another healthy activity we offer is a small group exercise class called Sittercise. Sittercise is intended to assist older adults by focusing on strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, endurance to improve overall function. Sittercise is also a great stretching activity. Stretching allows for greater movement in joints and improves posture. It also helps release muscle tension and soreness, and reduces the risk of injury and falls. One resident commented recently that a friend suggested she join the sittercise class, and she was pleasantly surprised with the results she experienced. “After just three weeks of participating in sittercise I feel stronger and more stable in my daily activities. I feel more flexible and confident in my movements.” 

We will continue to strive to enhance a healthy and active lifestyle at Heritage Woods of Ottawa. We take pride in our community and the care our residents receive!