The Importance of Exercise for Your Well-Being

Given the current situation, it is more important than ever to take the time to care for ourselves – body, mind and soul. Being strong takes on a whole new meaning. Not only do we need the physical strength to do the activities that we love to do – walking, biking, swimming, day-trips, golfing, tennis and taking care of grandchildren, we also need the psychological and emotional strength that exercise provides in helping us to manage and deal with what life throws at us! Physical exercise has been shown again & again to increase one’s overall well-being by interacting on many different aspects of our health.

Physical exercise is different from physical activity in that it is more structured and may focus on a specific element that needs improvement, such as muscle & bone strength, balance, mobility, flexibility, cardio endurance, posture and coordination and brain training. Although physical activity is crucial to leading an active life, physical exercise must also be included in our weekly, if not daily routine.

Here are some of the benefits that exercise can contribute to improving our overall well-being. These improvements are physical, physiological, psychological, emotional as well as cognitive.

  • Boosted Immune system
  • Better Posture
  • Better Balance and Fall Prevention
  • Improved Coordination, Agility and Reaction Time
  • Lower and Controlled Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Levels
  • Improved Digestion
  • Better Sleep
  • Greater Muscle/ Bone Strength and Endurance
  • Improved Cardio Endurance
  • Better Brain Health
  • Increased Self-esteem and Confidence

It is now up to you to take a step in the right direction towards better health. Get involved with your “virtual” friends in one of our many online exercise classes that will be offered this August (on zoom). You can choose from early morning classes that will surely boost your energy levels for the day, mid-morning classes that will ground you and improve your mind-body connection and midday classes that will focus on balance, range of motion and mobility. We have something for everyone! Check us out at cummingscentre.org

The Cummings Centre’s mission is to empower and enhance the quality of life of adults age 50 and over by providing dynamic and innovative programs, social services, and volunteer opportunities in a vibrant, respectful, inclusive and compassionate environment. Building on its Jewish heritage, Cummings embraces people from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.

As the hub of Montreal’s 50+ community, the Centre touches the lives of 10,000 people on an annual basis. In addition to its main campus at 5700 Westbury Avenue in Montreal, programs are offered at several off-site locations including the West Island, Cote Saint-Luc, St.LaurentWestmountChomedey and Florida.

For more information, please contact us by phone at 514-343-3510, online at www.cummingscentre.org or in person at 5700 Westbury Avenue.