In an assignement that she prepared for a course on healthy aging at the St. Francis University for Human Kinetics, Glow Coach Tiffany Addison discusses some of the benefits of working out, even if you don't get started until middle age or older.
Check out some of the highlights of Tiffany's findings - or scroll to the bottom to download and read Tiffany's paper in full.
Can Workouts stop you from aging?
Good news! Exercise CAN slow the process of aging in the body.
"Strength training is extremely important as we age, because it can drastically reduce the risk for developing sarcopenia, which is a result of the loss of muscle mass and strength that often occurs with age," explains Tiffany.
From the time you are born to around the time you turn 30, your muscles grow larger and stronger. But at some point in your 30s, things can go in the other direction - you start to lose muscle mass and function. The cause is age-related sarcopenia - (WebMD.com)
Luckily, the Glow workout focuses specifically on strength training the entire body.
Other ways that exercise on the circuit can slow the effects of aging mentioned in Tiffany's paper:
How much can you really accomplish in 30 minutes?
A lot of our members at Glow have exceptionally busy lives, balancing responsibilities at work, to family, children, parents, and their community. Fitting in a full workout wherever there is a gap in the schedule requires a routine that is effective and efficient with time.
No pain, No gain - a myth?
"Personally, when I experience DOMS, even though it can be painful and cause discomfort for a day or two I have never experienced it restricting any daily activities. However, when talking to some of the members the fact that they rarely if ever experienced muscle soreness was one of major reasons why they enjoy Glow." explains Tiffany.
Tiffany notes that this lack of soreness from the workout is an incentive for some members of Glow who have soreness from arthritis or previous injuries.
"Conditions such as arthritis can make simple daily tasks such as walking and brushing teeth sometimes painful and uncomfortable enough - the last thing you want to do is add another element of pain and discomfort".
Skipping this muscle soreness or having just a bit of soreness that is minimal and manageable, made the thought of working out and being physically active much easier, Tiffany noticed in gathering feedback from our members.
Tiffany's Conclusion Thoughts
Best reason to work out = enhanced quality of life.
"Even for those women who still had most of their mobility and freedom they still told me that their quality of life had drastically increased. They were able to spend more time with their children or grandchildren, to actually play and participate in what their children or grandchildren were doing.
The increase in their physical fitness allowed for them to have the stamina and strength to pick their grandchildren up, to get on the ground and play with them, to walk to the park with them.
All of these little tasks that they were not able to do before engaging in regular physical activity at Glow."
"I think that if we were to emphasize how physical activity can increase older adults’ quality of life and present some of the examples I stated, we could see more of the older population being physically active."
Read Tiffany's full report here:
Come and see our completed renovations at our charming new lake-lake-inspired women's gym in Gimli, Manitoba.
Glow Fitness for Women opened with a soft launch this summer in Gimli, Manitoba. We are now up and running, but we still have a few final touches to complete - so we are inviting you back for a big Grand Opening Open House to celebrate this September!
Gimli Open House
Saturday, September 7
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Glow Fitness for Women
40 Centre Street, Gimli
Free tours, prize giveaways, 1-day sale, workout challenge and more
~Open to all~
Stop by with a friend to check out our updated new space and enter to win some great wellness prizes. We can't wait to show you our beautiful beach-inspired new club in Gimli.
Frequently Asked Questions about our New Gimli Location
What will the new hours of business be at the Gimli location?
The Gimli location will also be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.
Can I visit both locations of Glow Fitness for Women?
Yes! You get 2 memberships for the price of 1!
Gimi members will be able to workout (and take yoga classes) at the Selkirk location, and Selkirk members will be able to work out at the Gimli location.
Will there be yoga for the Gimli location?
Gimli members can attend any of our regular yoga classes at Glow in Selkirk.
Glow Gimli will be offering yoga this summer in Gimli that is inspired by our surroundings - beach yoga, nautical yoga, and SUP yoga are all on the Gimli yoga menu this summer - please stay tuned by signing up for our newsletter or following us on social media for the latest news, events, and updates.
Join us Saturday, September 7 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. for an Open House Party
Last Chance to try Glow for 2 weeks Free - Until September 1 in Selkirk, Manitoba.
Now is your chance to find your Glow and feel your best before fall - we are offering free 2-week guest passes at Glow all summer.
How to Sign Up For Your Free Pass
To get your pass, sign up by dropping by Glow and seeing one of us at the front desk (located at 217 Clandeboye Avenue in downtown Selkirk, behind the Selkirk Record).
You can also arrange to get started by giving us a call - 204.420.2480, or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram.
We are here and ready to help you get started between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Guest Pass Terms:
Send a Friend, Win a prize!
Refer a friend to Glow this summer to take advantage of our 2 weeks free or a membership, and we will enter your name in our summer referrals draw.
The more friends you refer, the more entries you will get in the draw.
The Glow workout gives you a full strength workout, just like lifting weights, but without the weight. Glow's machines use a hydraulic resistance system that responds differently to each person who uses it. This makes it a safe workout for women of all ages.