Mr Mike Nakashima BA, Program Head
Mrs Hang Boge, Volunteer Instructor
The Senior FlexFit Program (for ages 50-99+ years) is based on classes involving group and individual exercises for flexibility, strength, balance, safe falling, and aerobic conditioning. Classes are 90 minutes in length and involve exercise for improving flexibility and joint range of motion, cardiovascular fitness, safe falling, balance, and dynamic daily living. The classes are designed to promote daily exercise and serve as a weekly demonstration of continual progress toward functional independence, health, and happiness.
The Surgeon Generals’ Report (1996) warns that adults in the United States are inactive: 25% are totally sedentary and nearly 60% fail to obtain sufficient amounts of regular activity needed to reduce their risk of premature morbidity and mortality. Further, inactivity increases with age: by age 75, about one in three men and one in two women engage in NO physical activity. As more individuals live longer, it is imperative to determine the extent and mechanism by which exercise and physical activity, especially during adulthood, can improve health, functional capacity, quality of life, and the ability to live independently for those over 70 years of age. Hawai’i Academy has numerous adult programs and activities available, including the Adult FlexFit and Gymnastics (for both recreation and competition interest of members age 16-59). The Seniors FlexFit Program focuses on challenges and opportunities of seniors — those over 60, especially those in their 70s, 80s, and 90s. This program is based on a weekly class that involves group and individual exercises for flexibility, strength, balance, safe falling, and aerobic conditioning. These exercises are designed to: (1) help maintain the ability to live independently and reduce the risk of falling and fracturing bones; (2) reduce the risk of dying from coronary heart disease and of developing high blod pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes; (3) help maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints; (4) reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and foster improvements in mood and feelings of well being; (5) help improve stamina and muscle strength; (6) help control joint swelling and pain associated with arthritis; and (7) improve overall joint range of motion (flexibility) and the ability to perform activities of daily living. (Training priorities are based on strategic health initiativies on aging in exercise science and sports medicine, and the position standing on exercise and physical activities for older adults, according to the American College of Sports Medicine.)