“Exercise is fun and could prevent a hip fracture,” that is what Floris Van de Ven, Physical Therapist at Biggs- Gridley Memorial Hospital told seniors at the Senior Nutrition Center this past Monday the 21st of September. He provided the seniors with a talk about why regular exercise is important and how to exercise safely and effectively.

“Exercise is fun and could prevent a hip fracture,” that is what Floris Van de Ven, Physical Therapist at Biggs- Gridley Memorial Hospital told seniors at the Senior Nutrition Center this past Monday the 21st of September. He provided the seniors with a talk about why regular exercise is important and how to exercise safely and effectively.

Van de Ven informed the seniors that exercise has been proven to lessen the chance of falls and the effects of osteoporosis. The increased flexibility and strength that result from regular exercise lead to better general and cardiovascular health. It also improves the ability to do all the daily things one needs to do such as keeping up with the Grandkids!

“Exercise should be fun!” according to the BGMH physical therapist. “If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, chances are you give up the exercise real soon. That is evidenced by all the perfectly good exercise bicycles for sale at almost every yard sale in town.” He talked about the need to exercise at least 20 minutes a day. Whether one exercises alone or in a group is really dependent one’s own preference. Exercising in a group is more fun and safer, and the motivation from other participants make it easier to succeed.
 
Biggs- Gridley Memorial Hospital now has a senior exercise class on Tuesday and Thursday between 9 and 10 a.m.  in the morning. The class is offered by Annette Mathews and is held at the Health Services Center (across from the library). The cost is  $30, which can be paid during class time directly to the instructor.