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Getting Active at The Chateau

The best part about getting older is the freedom you achieve in retirement. You can do whatever you want, go wherever you want, however, in order to maintain this freedom, you have to remain well. At The Chateau, we want to make sure our residents are living healthy and fulfilled lives. Today, we’re going to focus on physical wellness, how it can benefit you, and how The Chateau can help you get in tip-top shape.

Benefits of Physical Activity

One of the first steps to achieving an overall state of wellness is focusing on your physical health. It is recommended seniors do approximately 150 minutes of physical activity per week; that’s about 20 minutes per day, every day.

Regular physical activity has a number of important health benefits such as:

  • Reducing blood pressure in some people
  • Maintaining or building muscle strength
  • Increasing bone density
  • Strengthening your immune system
  • Preventing common diseases such as diabetes and heart disease
  • Decreasing the risk of stroke
  • Controlling joint swelling associated with arthritis
  • Reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression

All these benefits of physical activity help you stay mentally well and live your best independent lives.

How to Begin A Physical Wellness Journey

Physical wellness isn’t achieved with one workout—it’s a journey. If you’re not sure where to start, our wellness coordinators Meghan Mills and Kacie Livesay have a few tips

  • Know your limitations. When participating in physical activity, it’s crucial you listen to your body. If you’re not sure what your limitations are, speak with your doctor. It’s important you respect your body and not push yourself too hard in order to prevent injury.
  • Study your own routine. While you’re going about your day, think about what you do every day, how much free time you have, and especially how much time you spend sitting. With these notes, see where you can pencil physical activity into your routine, especially if you can replace a sitting activity with more exercise.
  • Find a buddy. Exercising with a good friend can make the experience more fun, but can also help you stay on track. By holding each other accountable, you have a better chance of being successful.
  • Just give it a try. The hardest part of the journey is starting. With a variety of different ways to remain active, you have so many things to try. Whether it’s a fitness class offered at The Chateau, going for a walk, or exercising at home, you have plenty of opportunities to find an activity that you enjoy.

Like any lifestyle change, adding physical activity to your daily life looks different to everyone. What works for one person may not work for another. For this reason, The Chateau offers many ways to maintain physical wellness. From group classes of varying levels of activity to more informal activities like walking the Wildflower Trails, The Chateau makes sure each resident has an option that suits their style.

Classes

The Chateau’s Health & Wellness Department hosts a number of classes focusing on different types of wellness taught by our health and wellness coordinators Meghan and Kacie. If you’re wanting to stay active and make friends while doing so, these classes are great. Meghan and Kacie work with each resident attending classes to personalize their workout by offering different modifications to address any limitations you may have.

Exercise: This hour-long total body workout focuses on increasing strength and flexibility by utilizing equipment such as dumbbells, Resista-bands, Thera-bands, and exercise balls.

Stretch it Out: Designed to improve flexibility and range of motion, increase blood flow to your muscles, and help reduce stress and back pain, this 30-minute class offers a full-body stretch in a relaxing environment.

Rotating 6-week class: Every 6 weeks, we add a new and exciting class with focus ranging from arthritis exercises to a stepping class.

Balance: Having good balance can help improve your ability to react to sudden changes and reduce your risk of falls so we offer a 30-minute class with the goal to strengthen the core and major muscle groups needed to maintain overall balance and coordination.

Exercises in your home

If you’re under the weather or just interested in adding some casual physical activity to your daily tasks, we have provided a few videos hosted by Wellness Coordinator, Meghan, to show you some simple stretches and exercises you can start doing in your home today.






Remaining active is one of the key steps in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Chateau encourages residents to live an active lifestyle as part of living their best lives. Whether you choose a group fitness class or a casual stroll on the Wildflowers Trail, you can choose how to start your wellness journey with help from our health and wellness coordinators. For more information about daily classes, check out the Chateau Connection televisions around our facility.

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