Why You Should Consider Taking a Daily Walk

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jun 16, 2017 11:07:33 AM

We know that exercise is good for us and it’s important to stay active. But it’s also easy for some activities to fall by the wayside as we age. Running, basketball or tennis, may all become physically challenging. While we may take it for granted and not view walking as “exercise,” the benefits of a daily walk are actually pretty impressive — especially for older adults.

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Topics: Functional Fitness, Healthy Aging Tips

Technology and Virtual Reality Make Senior Fitness Fun

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jun 2, 2017 1:17:49 PM

Smartphones, WiFi-connected homes, self-parking — even driverless cars. Technology is making an impact on every part of our lives, including health and exercise. For seniors, that’s good news. New technologies are making it even easier and more enjoyable for seniors to stay on track with fitness goals. Even better, technology offers new ways to measure fitness and help prevent falls, the most common cause of injuries in seniors. These technologies are being used more and more in senior living communities like those developed and managed by The Goodman Group.

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Topics: Functional Fitness, Healthy Aging Tips

What are the Emotional Benefits of Functional Fitness?

Posted by The Goodman Group on Feb 10, 2017 9:06:05 AM

Physical fitness is important for good health at just about any age, but what about the emotional benefits of physical fitness? Many know that functional fitness programs improve endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance. Regular exercise has many cardiac benefits as well, including lowering blood pressure and heart rate, and it can also improve circulation. The National Institute on Aging points out that, besides these more obvious physical benefits, there are also many emotional benefits to staying functionally fit. Here are four that stand out.

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Topics: Functional Fitness

Senior Care: The Importance of Regular Fitness

Posted by The Goodman Group on Feb 9, 2017 9:59:35 AM

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) advises seniors to stay as active and fit as possible. While that’s good advice for anyone, this advice is especially important for seniors. As we age, the body changes. We may see diminishing muscle mass, loss of flexibility, perhaps weight gain. But many changes can be offset by maintaining good fitness. That means it is important to participate in regular exercise and physical activities, even if moderate. Here are some of the benefits of maintaining fitness as we age.

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Topics: Functional Fitness

4 Effective Functional Fitness Exercises for Seniors

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jan 26, 2017 1:46:43 PM

It’s the New Year and a great time to review and re-engage in health and fitness exercises. The National Institutes of Health recommend functional fitness exercises that support four fitness goals for seniors: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility.

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Topics: Functional Fitness

How Functional Fitness Can Help Improve Your Independent Living Skills

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jan 6, 2017 9:26:45 AM

One way to measure your success in living independently is how well you can perform activities of daily living (ADLs). But just what are ADLs and why are they important? In essence, ADLs are the needs and activities that must be met to maintain a high quality of life. These independent living skills can range from the most basic to the more complex.

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Topics: Functional Fitness

How Functional Fitness has Impacted the Lives of Our Residents [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 29, 2016 12:27:18 PM

As we age, fitness and movement become an even more important part of our daily lives to help ensure that we can continue doing all the things we love. We have received wonderful feedback across the country from residents participating in our FIT Functional Fitness program.

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Topics: Functional Fitness, Videos

Functional Fitness: The Importance of Exercising for Healthy Aging

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 27, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Staying active and fit is important at any age. And as we age, maintaining functional fitness is especially important. If you haven't heard of functional fitness, you can think of it as the ability to engage in the activities of daily life — walking, shopping, cleaning, driving, playing with the grandkids — with ease and comfort. The key to doing so is engaging in movement that focuses on four key areas: strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance. 

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Topics: Functional Fitness

4 Types of Exercises for Seniors Recommended by NIH

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 11, 2016 8:43:49 AM

Physical fitness is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, especially as we age. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends that seniors engage in four types of exercises to achieve well-rounded fitness.

Katie Westberg, National Director of Life Enrichment at The Goodman Group says, "Research shows that with regular exercise, many of the physiological changes related to aging can be prevented and postponed."

Older adults are encouraged to vary exercises from day to day, reducing the chances of injury or boredom. Here are the four types of exercises for seniors recommended by NIH, along with some of their benefits and suggestions for specific activities to try. 

Endurance Exercises

These exercises focus on working the cardiovascular system. They can improve circulation and help lower blood pressure and heart rate. They help improve your ability to walk farther, faster, and longer. And they will make everyday activities like shopping and housework easier and more enjoyable!

  • Endurance exercises include walking, swimming, jogging, yard work, and tennis
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Topics: Functional Fitness

How Can Functional Fitness Improve Quality of Life?

Posted by The Goodman Group on Oct 21, 2016 12:49:49 PM

Physical fitness is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, especially as we age. Regular exercise can tone muscles, increase circulation, and even slow the effects of aging. Yet it can be challenging for older adults to find exercises that feel appropriate. That's why functional fitness is so exciting!

Functional fitness isn't about heavy lifting, it's about improving quality of life while encouraging physical activity. And it's a great way to have some fun!

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Topics: Functional Fitness