WhiteStone residents are jabbing, hooking and cross-punching their way to a fit lifestyle. The Seated Boxing Burner class offered at the Greensboro, NC, retirement community aims to give seniors a fun exercise that can help improve muscle tone and cardio fitness.
Popularity of the Seated Boxing Burner Class
Leading the class is Bob Dellorfano, a resident of the senior living community. As a former competitive bodybuilder from East Boston, he’s seen the benefits of continuing physical fitness programs like the Seated Boxing Burner class. The format is unique and can fit any senior’s fitness program. The class is only 15 minutes long. Residents are encouraged to do five sets of intense boxing movements for 20 seconds, with 30 seconds of rest in between.
“When they finally realized what it was about and that it wasn’t too stressful on the body, I think they enjoyed it,” Dellorfano told WXII-TV reporter Jackie Pascale. “You’ve gotta find something that stimulates your interest. If you enjoy it, then you want to continue with it.”
Some residents use weights, while others use body weights. Bob says since launching the program last year, they’ve had to add an additional class since more than a dozen residents participate every week.
“Nobody’s looking to see if they do it better than he does,” said participant Sylvia Davis. “After you practice for a while, you know what’s coming next, but it’s still fun.”
The Seated Boxing Burner class is one of many physical exercise programs offered at the community that helps to test muscular endurance and could play a role in lowering blood pressure. Other classes include:
- Tone and Balance
- Chair Yoga
- Tai Chi
- Chair Volleyball
- And So Much More!
Boxing is not only a great cardio exercise, but it’s also been proven to help counter Parkinson’s disease. Research indicates that regular exercise for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) is associated with improved mobility and better quality of life.
According to the American Parkinson Disease Association, physical fitness programming, like these boxing classes, can help people with PD gain control over the disease. Cardiovascular fitness programs are linked to helping with better cognitive and motor scores as the disease progresses.
Focus on your health at WhiteStone
At WhiteStone, we encourage and empower our independent living and assisted living residents to focus on their physical and mental well-being every day. Our residents enjoy trying something new in one of our fitness classes or nourishing their souls with a nutritious meal at one of our dining venues. Our wellness program promotes the eight dimensions of wellness, and we’re able to customize our plans for each and every resident. Find out more about the WhiteStone lifestyle when you contact us and fill out the form on our website.
Watch the WXII-TV Seated Boxing Burner story by clicking on the video below.