Adults age 50 and over who participated in a fitness program called Strength for Living at the LifeFit Center @ The Beach at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) have experienced great health and fitness results, according to reports and testing of participants.
On average, participants in Strength for Living improved their upper body strength by 77 percent and their lower body strength by 57 percent. One participant reported a 20-pound weight loss and a reduction in her blood pressure to healthy levels. Another participant, who has had diabetes her entire life, experienced her best control over her blood sugar levels to date. All participants reported activities of daily living, such as getting in and out of a car, easier to complete.
The first two groups to complete the Strength for Living program have also experienced improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness, flexibility and balance. Further, the participants reported reductions in medication use, improvements in health and elevated confidence in their abilities to exercise.
Strength for Living is a 16-week program led by a fitness professional with a degree in kinesiology. The program accommodates a small group of six to eight participants who attend workouts three days a week. Each workout consists of 30 minutes of resistance training, 30 minutes of cardiorespiratory training and 15 minutes of flexibility and balance training.
The center, which is focused on community members 50 years and older, has been well-received by the community with more than 200 members and has received generous support from the community.
The LifeFit Center @ The Beach opened in October 2012 as CSULB’s newest fitness facility. It provides lifelong health and wellness opportunities in a variety of ways. The center aims to be the premier health and fitness facility in the Long Beach area for the age 50 years and older community. The LifeFit Center aims to provide fresh and complete health, fitness, social, and wellness programming to all of its members; as well as provide education, research, and career development opportunities for CSULB students, faculty and staff.
The LifeFit Center is in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSULB. Together, OLLI and the LifeFit Center share the same passion for lifelong education, health, and wellness. OLLI is sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services and is a source of widely varied courses of interest to persons 50 years of age or older.
In addition, the center has hosted many lectures, workshops, and seminars on topics like nutrition, exercise, balance, fall prevention, bone building, increasing happiness, how to stay healthy over the holidays, preventing osteoporosis and the benefits of aqua fitness.
For more information about the Strength for Living Program, visit The LifeFit Center @ The Beach website or call at 562-985-2015.