Physical fitness is important to residents at Manor of the Plains. Staying active can help prevent or lessen heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, dementia and more.

No matter your physical condition, you can take steps to improve your health. Numerous research studies show that it is possible for older adults to maintain or improve their strength, flexibility and physical conditioning.

Here are some examples:

  • When we're strong enough, we can stand from a chair without help from others or lift a grandchild. Strength training results in stronger muscles.
  • Flexibility allows us to get dressed without assistance and reach for things on a shelf. Stretching aids in flexibility.
  • Being physically active can help you stay fit enough to keep doing the things you like as you get older. Aerobic exercise, like walking, can help build your endurance and overall physical conditioning.

Wellness Activities

The Centers for Disease Control cites a New Zealand study that found women 80 and older had 40 percent fewer falls with strength and balance training. Research shows strength training increases bone density and lowers the fracture risk in women older than 50.

Exercising also provides similar improvements in depression as anti-depressant medications. It isn't known if this is because people feel better when they're stronger or if strength training produces a helpful biochemical change in the brain. Our rehabilitation experts tell us it is most likely a combination of the two. When older adults participate in strength training programs, their self-confidence and self-esteem improve, which has a strong impact on their overall quality of life.

If you haven't been active in a while, be sure to visit with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Manor of the Plains residents have an opportunity to take part in a variety of individual and group wellness activities each week.

  • Health care residents have exercise classes at 10:30 a.m. seven days a week. Exercising to music using beach balls, scarves and "noodles," residents discover that fitness can be fun.
  • Assisted living and independent living residents have an opportunity to join in group exercises every Monday through Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the independent dining room.

Residents who wish to pursue wellness activities on their own have ample opportunity.

  • Our independent living level features a NuStep machine and stationary bicycle.
  • Residents of our health care level have two NuStep machines at their disposal.
  • The pool table and large assortment of board games in our game room can always be counted on for mental stimulation and a little friendly competition.

In addition to exercise classes and walking groups, our residents who sport green thumbs enjoy our community's raised gardening.