Active Always Mission Statement

 We believe that age should be no barrier to a happy, fit and healthy lifestyle.

By giving you the strength and fitness to function better in your daily routines,

we will help you maintain independence and ensure that  your physical being is optimised.

SENIORS Supervised Weights:

Seniors supervised strength training sessions. If you feel uneasy doing weights on your own then book into this session and exercise with knowing you are under the watchful eye of a qualified   trainer.

Active:

For the young at heart or the beginner, you will experience bone strengthening exercises by lifting light weights, huffy puffy exercises for the heart and lungs and stretching to increase your  flexibility. Need to put the spring into your life?  Lots of laughs.

Cenetrgy:

A class for the mind, body and soul. Yoga, Tai chi and Pilates all rolled into one. Working on body strength, exercising at your own level,

increasing your flexibility  with every class. You will leave feeling totally rejuvenated.  *(LM)

PILATES AND CHI BALL

Improves balance and agility, Core strength (strength of the muscles in your tummy), Postural alignment, Muscle functionality (ability for you muscles to perform everyday actions),

Proprioception (awareness of your body space), what more needs to be said?

ACTIVE HEART:

Our Healthy Heart Program is run in conjunction with the Orange Healthy Lifestyle Program for Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation designed for those who have suffered heart disease and are now medically stable. You will be guided through exercises designed to aid a healthy recovery.

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What are the benefits of exercise for seniors?

  • Independence
  • Increased energy levels
  • Improved walking ability
  • Ease in performing day-to-day tasks.
  • Prevention of falls and maintaining bone density
  • Helps relieve arthritis
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Helps to control preventable medical conditions like diabetes
  • Better sleep
  • Ease mild to moderate depression
  • Increased flexibility
  • Greater cardio fitness

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Why do I need exercise?

Now that you’re older, you may not spend much time flexing in front of the mirror or trying to add inches to your  vertical leap.

The truth is that building your muscles and exercise is more  important than ever at this stage of life.  Muscles tend to weaken with age, and this decline can eventually rob seniors of their active, independent lifestyles.

Fortunately, you can  reverse that trend with a few simple exercises.  It’s safe, it’s effective, and it’s never too late to start.

You may even enjoy it!

Age is no barrier to a happy and healthy  lifestyle.  If there is no medical reason for you not exercising then you are setting yourself up for all sorts of conditions related to the lack of movement.

Should seniors lift weights?

The College of Sports Medicine now recommends weight training for all people over 50, and even people well into their 90s can benefit.  A group of nursing home residents ranging in age from 87 to 96 recently improved their muscle strength by almost 180 percent

after just eight weeks of lifting weights, also known as strength training. Adding that much strength is almost like rolling back the clock.  Even frail elderly people find their balance improves, their walking pace quickens, and stairs become less of a challenge.

  • As we get older we lose approximatel 2kg – 3kg  of muscle every 10 years.
  • Muscle loss is accompanied with the
  • reduction of metabolism, 2%- 5% every 10 years.
  • Over the years we lose water in our cartilage and discs, which in turn increases the amount of movement in the joints. As we get older we lose height, this occurs due to our cartilage and discs shrinking. Because of the natural aging process it is even more important to maintain your muscle strength.
  • The stronger the muscles the less unwarranted joint movement.
  • If you keep moving your range of motion is also maximized.
  • The more muscle you have the more energy you burn. The energy used to fuel muscle is usually stored energy – body fat, hence a reduction In body fat.
  • The strength in the legs in the older population is a critical component of walking ability.  The less strength you have the slower your walking pace will become.

All muscle is trainable regardless of age!