In partnership with the Cape Breton Regional Library at Baddeck Library a Spring/Summer Walking & Fitness Program for Seniors: Rise and Shine Program 2018 (June, July & August) has been well received to date with an average of 10 participants attending every Tuesday and Thursday.
Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Since 2011 A Proud Partner of this New Program Benefiting Residents and Visitors. Tuesday & Thursday Mornings 8 am (Till the end of August 2018) with A Walk, Stretching, etc. with Local Leader Matthew Carmichael:
The program is directed at seniors in the surrounding areas. The goal is to introduce/continue a variety of physical activity in the lives of people in the area. Exercise has major benefits for older adults such as reduced risk of of heart disease, increased bone and muscle density, reduced risk of dementia, increased mental health functionality, etc.
The sessions take place twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday, 8 am-9 am), and run for an hour. The first 30 minutes consists of outdoor walking session around the Village of Baddeck (Water St, the bay, the museum, walking track, etc.). The next 30 minutes consists of a form of resistance training and a light stretch that would address the full body. A lot of these exercises done with resistance bands. Exercises such as chair squats, overhead presses, bridges, leg lifts/extensions, etc. Matthew has resistance and body weight programs for older adults, these can be modified depending on the fitness level of the participants.
The program is a great opportunity to take in the beauty of Baddeck in the summer time, socialize with fellow participants, and improve overall health. The program is focused on the senior population, but is open to anyone that wants to join in.