For older adults, staying physically fit has an enormous impact on quality of life – reducing incidences of disease and increasing longevity. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), studies show that regular exercise can improve mood, relieve depression and delay some types of cancer and heart disease. It may also help prevent stroke, bone loss and diabetes. The National Institute on Aging also notes that older adults who exercised at least three times a week were much less likely to develop dementia and cognitive decline than their less-active counterparts.
Aware of those long-term health benefits, The Glenridge has always put a priority on staying active. The community’s 9,000-sq.-ft. Fitness Center and Spa is decked out like the trendiest health club – equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including the finest Nautilus® strength machines, free weights, treadmills, recumbent and Airdyne bikes, elliptical trainers, a flexibility studio, an aerobics studio and a CardioVision® system.
There’s also a 75-ft. heated lap pool, two Har-Tru® tennis courts, two massage rooms, comfortable locker rooms and lounges, and a varied slate of classes (30 per week) – including Pilates, yoga, tai chi, low-impact aerobics, balance and chair fitness.
With all that just a few minutes’ walk from their doors, Glenridge members have taken full advantage. An impressive 85% of them participate in fitness classes and programs. “It’s astounding,” says Kery Helmer, the community’s fitness program manager. “These folks are so dedicated to maintaining their physical and mental health . . . it’s inspiring. And it’s why I love working here!”