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LET'S GET Moving!

P hysical activity is an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. People 65 and older should take part in at least 2.5 hours of moderate to vigorous-intensity aerobics each week, spread out into sessions of 10 minutes or more. According to the Government of Canada website, adding muscle and bone-strengthening activities using major muscle groups at least twice a week to maintain good posture and balance is also beneficial. From this, seniors can expect to be healthier and more independent for longer. Seasons has partnered with a company called StrongerU Senior Fitness, which empowers our team members to deliver exceptional senior fitness experiences. Once team members complete their online certification, they can access the StrongerU Senior Fitness Series, which arms them with 30-minutes of new pre-choreographed content each month. “We bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical implementation by giving instructors everything they need to teach quality, safe, effective and engaging senior fitness class that truly reaches Canada’s physical activity guidelines for older adults,” says founder Emily Johnson. “We are the first senior fitness certification of our kind globally, and we are excited about our partnership with Seasons. Residents can anticipate a dynamic fitness experience that engages them physically, intellectually, and socially. Set to popular music, residents enhance their cardiovascular health, overall strength, and balance by participating in the program. It’s excellent that Season Retirement

Communities is committed to keeping residents physically strong, intellectually sharp, and socially connected!” says Emily. Seasons will work to support our residents in their journey to becoming as healthy and active as possible, regardless of their fitness level. All residents are welcomed and encouraged to participate to the best of their abilities. In addition to physical health, we want to support our residents' mental and emotional wellbeing. Seasons also partnered with students from the School of Health and Exercise Science at the University of British Columbia to develop an in-suite, integrated movement, mindfulness, and meditation program for our residents. The program included six activities that residents could do in 15-minute sessions with a guidebook piloted at Seasons Stoney Creek for two weeks, which also considered the participants’ feedback. The sessions focused on gratitude, strength and balance, flexibility and mobility, fine motor skills, breathing, and mindfulness. “Before being involved in this program, exercise was always in the context of exercising the physical body; what helped me was the mental aspect. Things were happening throughout the day that I was grateful for, like getting a letter from a great- grandchild. Learning about mindfulness made me stop and appreciate the moment,” says Bob Gaskin, a Seasons resident and participant. From this, we want to develop and implement this program throughout all of our residences. As a reminder, you should consult your health care provider for personalized advice before starting a new exercise program or about mental health concerns. If you have questions about our fitness programs, please speak with the Seasons Health and Wellness Manager.

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