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The importance of exercise as we age

Did you know, our bodies change with every decade? Depressing, I know! But the more you look after yourself, the more it will pay off in the future. As we go through life’s various stages, our needs, desires and reasons to exercise will change with us as we grow. The good news is however, it’s never too late to start! From our teenage years, to our twenties, where you’re young, carefree and can get away with eating the cake, the pizza, drinking the beers without seeing too much impact on the scales. Then as we enter mid/late twenties, you’ll notice your body’s metabolism starts to slow down, ☹ meaning that our ability to burn calories takes longer and more work is needed at the gym! In our thirties, we’ve often got hectic and demanding schedules and at this point, family life may play a crucial role in our lives, and in some cases; pregnancy has a huge impact on the body. As well as often dealing with increased financial strain or simply having less time to work-out. Entering our forties, we’re at increased risk of high blood sugar levels, meaning our chances of diabetes has gone up. Muscles get stiffer, joints and ligaments get tighter and we might not be able to work-out to the same extent that we used to and our maximum heart rate decreases. Once we reach our fifties, our bone density drops and one of the main things to note for women is the menopause, which can cause oestrogen to decrease and can lead to increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and more. At this point, it’s highly important to tick all the boxes for; building strength, working on our cardio and flexibility whilst also concentrating on functional fitness for everyday living. As we get older we pretty much have two choices; use it or lose it!Ok, so the good news is; we’ve much more time and perhaps fewer family demands and maybe even more financial freedom. Which means you can really concentrate on “me time” at this stage in your life. At “Silver Sneakers”, our over 50’s class always includes a good variety of exercises to; help build strength, improve balance, flexibility, posture and increase our general fitness levels, whilst also having some fun at the same time! The class is great for the mind as well as the body, which is a good enough reason by itself to take part! The class takes places at 11.30am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and our group of Silver Sneakers gives our "FitCamp" class a run for it's money! 💪 We cater for a mixture of levels and all abilities, so whether you're a complete beginner, have injuries/illnesses etc, or perhaps you're already quite active, our class with suit you!

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If you’re over 50 and looking to start a new fitness regime, or perhaps interested in joining a regular class to achieve your health and fitness goals, or maybe considering recommending a friend/family member, well I highly recommend Silver Sneakers as a place to go! Our friendly class works hard but also supports each-other and keeps everyone motivated to stay on track.If you’ve any questions at all about Silver Sneakers, please feel free to ask me, or any of our trainers 😊 - But don’t take my word for it, below are a couple of testimonials from some of our longstanding Silver Sneakers ladies: “Always a super class with Siobhan, she is a great motivator of us more mature ladies” – Rosemary Scollard

I love how our technique is constantly monitored and corrected if required, so there’s never any slacking! Great class!” – Deirdre O’Reilly

PS – If that doesn’t tempt you, it’s got the best playlist ever! 😊

Yours in fitness,Siobhan x

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