Feel great at every age

Get Fit classes deliver big results with less impact.

By George Sommerrock, Fitness Programs Manager

Although many of us would like to believe that 60 is the new 40, our bodies know better. In fact, the loss of muscle tissue that occurs as a natural part of aging—called sarcopenia—actually starts around age 40. During the subsequent four decades, many of us will lose up to 40 percent of our muscle mass.

Now for the good news! The WAC’s Get Fit program provides a way to fight sarcopenia while also minimizing the risk of injury.

As we age, many of us start to feel more stress points on our bodies. Our Get Fit classes address these areas—including inflammation and arthritis—through resistance, strength, and in-water training options.

To experience the most benefit, I suggest working toward three to five classes weekly. This will keep your body and mind feeling great and also deliver improved mobility. Many WAC members in their sixties, seventies, and beyond have already realized the benefits of the Get Fit program.

Staying active and pain-free during your retirement years can lead to dramatic improvements in life quality. It can also greatly improve your ability to travel, which many retirees list as their most important priority.

Not so long ago, Get Fit expanded to include yoga and barre classes that focus on stretching, balance and alignment, all of which improve movement patterns and lessen the risk of age-related injury. We also recently added Get Fit Cycle with veteran instructor Cris Kessler for a cardio alternative to swimming.

It’s true that experience comes with age. So do new fitness opportunities for anyone seeking an active life. After all, 80 is the new 60!

As published in the July/August issue of WAC Magazine.

—Posted July 10, 2018

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