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Flamborough Seniors: Consider the benefits of skating

Shelley Scott, executive director, Flamborough Information and Community Services

We have special ice times in Flamborough for seniors who want to skate. This is an excellent chance to rekindle your love of skating without having to deal with many other people on the rink. The local times for the seniors’ skate are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2 to 3 p.m. at the North Wentworth Twin-Pad Arena and Fridays, from 8 to 9 a.m., at Carlisle Arena.

An aerobic exercise, just like walking, running, and swimming, skating positively impacts your cardiovascular health. It is not hard on your joints and can be considered a low-impact exercise. Skating can also aid in weight loss, as skaters can burn between 250 and 810 calories per hour.

As with other sports, ice skating also improves endurance, which builds when one maintains a constant, steady pace, over a longer period of time.

Ice skating also improves muscle tone. When ice skating, it’s the quadriceps and hamstrings in the legs that do the most work, but many other muscles in the body work in concert with these muscles. The abdominal and back muscles also need to contract and relax in order to maintain an upright posture and balance.

Mental fitness is also enhanced with ice skating, as it exercises your mental control during the act. Skating is considered a de-stressor and a form of relaxation for many individuals, who use it as a means to break free from any stress.

It is very nice to see that seniors are becoming more aware of their health and that many have turned to ice skating to become physically fit. Gone are the days when only children were interested in moving and gliding on ice. Besides gaining physical exercise, it also has social benefits. You may make a new friend!

VON Caregiver Series

The VON caregiver four-part series is for those caring for a family member with a long-term illness who want to learn about managing stressful situations, tackling some emotions and linking with community resources. It runs from 1 until 3 p.m. on Monday Feb. 4, 11, 25, and March 4 at the Wellwood Juravinski House, 501 Sanatorium Rd., Hamilton.

Submitted by Shelley Scott at Flamborough Information and Community Services. Call 905-689-7880 or email sscott@hpl.ca.

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