Thomasville-- The Thomasville YMCA celebrated national senior health and fitness day Wenesday. But the event won't mean anything different for 70-year-old Frankie M. Grave's daily routine. "I come to the Y every day. I'm in one of the chair exercise classes, I use some of the different machines. I go to Cherokee Lake Park to walk and sometimes I go to the Y park to walk." Graves says staying active has always been a part of her life. "I feel better when I walk regularly. When I do some time of exercise everyday."
Fitness experts say though there are some seniors out there that may not have the confidence or motivation to get into shape. "That's the idea of this. To educate our older adults and educate the community on just simple things that they can be doing to bring about some change in their daily lifestyles," said Tom Everett, community relations director for the Thomasville YMCA.
Medical professionals were on hand Wednesday to give seniors free health screenings, and demonstrations show just what's out there for older adults. "We've got a great group of older adults that are members and a great selection of programming, ftiness classes, aquatic programming that we have that are specially catered towards older adults and seniors in the community," said Everett.
"I think it adds quality to your life because when you move around and don't sit down and become a couch potato, you're more active, you automatically feel better," said Graves. For anyone ready to try, she offers some encouraging words: "Come on out and get moving!" Not only could it add years to your life, it will add life to your years.
Wednesday is the 15th annual Senior Health & Fitness Day, the nation's largest older adult health & fitness event. It is estimated more than 150,000 older adults will participate in health and wellness events across the country.