Seniors work out for long term health benefits


July 29, 2010

A small group of women, aged 68, 73 and “I’m a grandmother, let’s just leave it at that,” have been exercising away with a trainer in a specialized class, according to the

These twice-a-week sessions are led by their personal trainer, Debbie Larwin-Pennesi. She works with a variety of different classes of senior citizens and has been teaching these age-specific groups for about a decade.

Pennesi claims that, as people age, they have to “use it or lose it.” Strength is important for everyday activities and sedentary seniors can quickly face health issues in addition to an increased difficulty in day-to-day tasks, according to the news provider.

“If it were not for Debbie, I would not be able to walk,” one member of the classes told the news source.

The National Institute of Health suggests that senior citizens who exercise on a regular basis can experience health benefits that may reduce the chance of diabetes, heart trouble, arthritis pain, anxiety and depression.

It can also help seniors who want to age in place. In addition to adopting exercise routines, another consideration for independent elder citizens is having a medical alarm system. This ensures that, if something unexpected happens in a home, help will arrive quickly.