The health benefits of exercising into later life is well charted. Simply put; an object in motion stays in motion. Case in point “The Early Riser Group”.5:30am racquetball and handball dynamites! Men well into their 60’s 70’s, and 80’s. For decades they have played their collective sport. They have slowed slightly, began playing doubles rather than singles, and take slightly longer coffee breaks between matches. But their resolve and commitment remains consistent. Their bodies are in motion. They attribute their health to staying active. After your done reading about the Mayo Clinic, find out more about Athletic Club Group Fitness.
The Mayo Clinic offers the top 10 reasons you should stay active. They can be found online here http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/in-depth/aerobic-exercise/art-20045541?pg=2
- Keep excess pounds at bay
Combined with a healthy diet, aerobic exercise helps you lose weight and keep it off.
- Increase your stamina
Aerobic exercise may make you tired in the short term. But over the long term, you’ll enjoy increased stamina and reduced fatigue.
- Ward off viral illnesses
Aerobic exercise may activate your immune system. This may leave you less susceptible to minor viral illnesses, such as colds and flu.
- Reduce your health risks
Aerobic exercise reduces the risk of many conditions, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, stroke and certain types of cancer. Weight-bearing aerobic exercises, such as walking, reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
- Manage chronic conditions
Aerobic exercise may help lower blood pressure and control blood sugar. If you have coronary artery disease, aerobic exercise may help you manage your condition.
- Strengthen your heart
A stronger heart doesn’t need to beat as fast. A stronger heart also pumps blood more efficiently, which improves blood flow to all parts of your body.
- Keep your arteries clear
Aerobic exercise boosts your high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the “good,” cholesterol, and lowers your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad,” cholesterol. This may result in less buildup of plaques in your arteries.
- Boost your mood
Aerobic exercise may ease the gloominess of depression, reduce the tension associated with anxiety and promote relaxation.
- Stay active and independent as you age
Aerobic exercise keeps your muscles strong, which can help you maintain mobility as you get older. Aerobic exercise also keeps your mind sharp. At least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three days a week appears to reduce cognitive decline in older adults.
- Live longer
Studies show that people who participate in regular aerobic exercise live longer than those who don’t exercise regularly.
The Athletic Club is Overland Park’s Sports, Fitness and Social Club. The Social aspects of the club include a full-service restaurant and bar. The laid back atmosphere, poolside patio and healthy menu are a change from the typical restaurant in Overland Park. Fitness is a major part of any health club. Keep an eye on the Social Calendar for wine tastings and cookouts on the patio. Daily Lunch specials feature creative and healthy options that change weekly.
The Athletic Club Group Fitness program offer unique classes like NextLevel Fit, Butts and Guts, Kickboxing Combo as well as well known styles like Zumba and Yoga. There are early Athletic Club Group Fitness morning classes beginning at 5:45am and later evening classes beginning at 6:30pm. Check out The Athletic Club Group Fitness schedule online here.
Sports really shine. The Athletic Club Court Sport calendar always has something happening. March hosted one of the largest racquetball tournaments of the year in the Winter Classic/Women’s Pro IRT. Over 120 players joined the sport’s elite females for a weekend of fast paced racquetball. International sports superstar Paola Longoria defeated the Rookie of the Year Maria Vargas in 4 games to take 1st place and a $5000 prize. The next round of racquetball leagues start the first part of April. Registration is available online. Handball moves outdoor this time of year leaving more court availability at the main club! You can reserve courts up to a week in advance. Lucy DelSarto continues to offer clinics for beginners and those wanting to improve their skills. Find info on all these activities online. Check out all the Pick-up times for all 9 out the activities offered on The Athletic Club Court Sports calendar.
There are many ways to stay in motion. The Athletic Club in Overland Park offers a variety of social, fitness, and sports activities to its clients as a part of their healthy living plan. Be a part of Athletic Club Group Fitness – a body in motion stays in motion. GET MOVING!