EXERCISING TO HELP HEALTHY AGEING – Surge Fitness

As we age it’s highly important to maintain your fitness for optimum health and wellbeing. While it’s easy to become complacent, staying active can minimise the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity-related illnesses and cancer. Of course, there are certain types of exercises which are more beneficial than others. Read below to see our top 3 fitness options to help with healthy ageing.

Yoga, Tai Chi or Pilates

Maintaining balance and coordination are essential throughout our lives. Even if you aren’t trying to be a world-class athlete, balance and coordination assist you with daily activities and keep you on your feet – literally! There have been many studies describing the link between improved balance and a reduction in the risk of falls in advanced age.

Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates all engage your core and work to improve your general balance and stability. If you aren’t sure how to incorporate these exercises into a workout, a good option is to try one of our Les Mills BodyBalance fitness classes. Body Balance combines Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates to strengthen your core and improve general balance all in one. BodyBalance is the perfect fitness class for ageing bodies as it’s gentle on the joints while still challenging your muscles and mind.

Strength Training

As we age our muscle strength and mass declines, particularly after the age of 50. We lose 1% – 2% of our muscle mass each year, which is why it’s a good idea to replace this loss with weights and resistance training. We also tend to lose muscle strength by around 1.5% per year between ages 50 and 60, and by around 3% per year after that. If you’re keen to get started, fitness classes such as Body Pump and CXWorks are great options for people unsure of how to plan their own strength and resistance workout.

 

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Scientific research suggests HIIT can actually slow the ageing process. If that doesn’t inspire you then I’m not sure what will! Regular HIIT is great for reversing the declining ability of our cells to generate energy. HIIT involves short bursts of very intense activity, combined with recovery periods of lower-intensity exercise. Scientists at the Mayo Clinic assigned groups of people aged between 65 and 80 to three months of interval training, weight training or a combination of the two. Muscle biopsies were taken before and afterwards to measure the impact on their bodies. Interval training boosted the ability of the mitochondria within cells to generate energy by 69 per cent in the older volunteers! If you need help with putting together a HIIT workout you can schedule an appointment with one of our personal trainers, or attend one of our RPM or Body Attack fitness classes.

It’s never too late to work on your body and health. Linking up with a personal trainer can be a great motivator as well as set you on the right track for optimum results so you’re feeling and looking your very best. If you think you need some assistance with your workouts, or if you don’t even know where to begin, please get in touch so we can assist you with your needs.

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Important Information Regarding Your Surge Fitness Membership.

Yesterday’s announcement from our Prime Minister ordering the immediate closure of Fitness Facilities across the nation is significant a blow to all of us across many Industries. We understand that this decision has been based on the best advice currently available to those responsible for our safety and with the Impending state border closures, and increasing community concerns, meant that this decision was unavoidable.

As such, it is with great sadness that we today announce that all Surge Fitness clubs will temporarily close, effective from 12pm today, Monday 23rd March 2020.

At Surge Fitness, we believe that we can make a difference, change lives and build healthy communities. As a brand, we still have a lot of work to do and we all believe that we can continue to positively impact our members and the local communities at large during this time of uncertainty.

Like many of you, our business is facing unprecedented impacts both on our people and our business and we will continue to work through the issues together as effectively as possible.

During this time of closure, all memberships will be placed on complimentary freeze until we are in a position to resume our regular services. Surge Fitness has been working on contingency plans throughout the past few weeks to provide ongoing services to our members such as online & virtual training platforms including numerous resources to help support our members physical and mental health well-being.

Further announcements will be made in the coming days with communications to be published both on our social media platforms and via email once the government has clarified their position regarding the forced closure directive.

On behalf of all of the team at Surge Fitness we would like to thank you all for your ongoing support over the years. As a team we have shared some memorable experiences with you all. Today's forced closure is just a minor setback in our Health & Fitness journey together.