Colorado Springs gym sees spike in seniors interested in fitness and nutrition after two years of pandemic

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) — A local gym has seen a spike in seniors interested in fitness and nutrition after the past two pandemic years.

11 News spoke to Life Time, based in Briargate, which noticed an increase in the number of “active seniors”, or adults aged 55 and over, taking up exercise, nutrition and fitness.

“I think a lot of the increased interest is that adults aging now and entering those healthy aging years are really more aware of how important fitness is to their longevity and good health. long term,” said Andrea, Life Time Studio Leader. Boldt.

Life Time says that during the height of the pandemic, the gym saw fewer older adults due to their increased risk of COVID-19. But recently, Life Time says exercise can help boost the immune system in older adults to help fight something like COVID-19.

“It’s the idea of ​​adapting over time and if you may have had joint replacements or you have arthritis, or you have limitations, that’s no excuse, it’s It’s just an opportunity to learn a new way to move,” Boldt said.

Life Time reports that not only is exercise good for seniors, but it also helps keep seniors mentally fit. Exercise helps active seniors maintain strength and balance, which reduces their risk of falling.

“It’s so essential for mental and cardiovascular fitness, just the ability to keep up with the grandkids, to be able to run errands, to be able to keep up with your house, it just helps you become a more independent and lively person,” said Boldt said.

As a result of this interest, Life Time recently launched a community specifically for active seniors called ARORAwhich includes classes in aqua aerobics, pilates, gentle yoga and more.

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