The Importance of Wellness

How exercise is essential for the promotion of wellbeing in later life and the best ways to make the most of Fitzjohn’s excellent facilities.

As people move into later life, the importance of keeping active and engaging in wellness activities becomes crucial. Many believe as you move into your 60’s and beyond that fitness is less vital, yet research has shown that the opposite is in fact the case.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults can benefit greatly from regular moderate exercise. They say that the loss of stamina and strength in those over 60 is partly due to reduced physical activity and it has been witnessed that by age 75, about one in three men and one in two women engage in no physical activity.

They suggest that activities that include aerobic, strengthening, and flexibility components are best suited for those later in life and vital for promoting general wellbeing. In fact, doing regular physical activity can reduce and prevent a number health conditions.

Proven benefits of exercise in later life include counteracting the loss of bone density which can aid with balance and prevent falls and bone breakages as well as decreasing the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. Regular physical activity can also help a host of chronic illnesses including cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. Importantly, exercise can also have a great mental benefit, reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety and providing a general boost in mood.

The premium wellness facilities at Fitzjohn’s include two wellness lounges with loungers, a spectacular hydrotherapy pool, herbal sauna and a salt steam room infused with aromatherapy oils, colour light therapy and natural salt inhalation. The spa and garden floor are complete with a treatment room for massages and beauty treatments and a large exercise studio for Pilates or bespoke 1-2-1 fitness training.

Experts suggest that those in later life partake in 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, including yoga for the improvement of flexibility and bone strength, Pilates for the improvement of core strength and general balance, or aerobic activity such as swimming to improve cardiovascular health.

Using the pool at Fitzjohn’s for only thirty minutes a day can improve everyday stamina and prevent many ailments whilst partaking in group sessions in the exercise studio can help general wellness as well as provide a social connection and motivation to keep up regular physical activity.

Most adults over 60 can safely perform moderate exercise, even with health conditions, however, it is important to speak with a doctor to ascertain the best activity for you to ensure you are correctly reaping the benefits of exercise and general wellness.