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Seniors

Group Training at your local church, retirement home, and nursing home. Contact Mr. Hanford for more information along with days, times, and locations to join a class: 574-527-5765 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Classes are offered for anyone 55+ years old.

‚ÄčKarate is the ideal activity for the people in their twilight years for a number of reasons: 

1.  Karate allows people to work at their own pace. There is never pressure to keep up.
2.  Karate is a low impact activity that works every muscle and bone in the body.
3.  Karate trains both the body and mind.
4.  Karate offers a journey for all participants to embark on. 

‚ÄčHealth Benefits for Older People Who Take Up Exercising:

Disease Prevention: A sedentary lifestyle often results in a cease of production and distribution of many hormones that ensure our ongoing health. Exercise ensures the ongoing production and distribution of many hormones, which greatly reduce our risk of diseases.

Muscle Loss: Studies suggest we loose muscle every decade once we reach middle age. This starts to greatly affect our movement and impact our lifestyle in many ways.

Energy Levels: As we age, our energy levels decrease. Exercise not only slow this process down, it often increases energy levels among the elderly. 

The Joints: The joints in our bodies require regular movement to remain supple and healthy. Through years of wear and tear, many adults develop arthritis. Exercise has shown it can drastically help arthritic patients by increasing strength and mobility.

Bone Density: Bone density begins to decline after the age of 40, but this loss accelerates around the age of 50 years. As a result of this bone loss, older people are more prone to bone fractures. Exercise reduces the risk of bone loss and osteoporosis. 

Excess Weight: As we age our metabolism slows down, which can result in increased body fat levels. Excess fat is associated with a range of diseases including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Regular exercise burns calories, increases muscle mass and speeds the metabolism. Together, these physiological changes help an older person maintain an appropriate weight for their height and build.

Cholesterol: As we age, we naturally build up our cholesterol levels. Exercise serves to lower cholesterol in the elderly. 

Diabetes: Exercise enhances glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, preventing the onset of diabetes. 

Psychological Benefits of Exercise for the Elderly
Whilst the physical benefits of exercise are quite obvious, the psychological benefits aren't as commonly known. Many studies have shown that older exercisers get great benefits out of the interaction with others, and many people see a marked increase in self-esteem.

 

 

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