Vita Helps You Stay Active at Any Age

January 02, 2014

Staying physically active may be the closest thing there is to the fountain of youth.

“Exercise reduces your risk for obesity and disease, and it increases lean muscle mass and bone density, which can help prevent or slow osteoporosis,” says Shawnita VanHook-Williams, a certified personal trainer and exercise physiologist at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital Vita wellness center.

It’s never too late to add more physical activity to your life, and Vita offers a variety of services to help you get fit.

Stretch your limits with yoga

One of the most popular Vita fitness offerings is yoga; there are classes six days a week. Although this type of exercise is certainly trendy, it isn’t just for young adults.

“I teach a style called adaptive yoga, which means I adjust each pose and class to meet the needs of the individuals who are there,” says certified yoga teacher Julie Levinson.

Whether you’re looking to tone up, lose weight or are coping with physical limitations, such as arthritis, joint replacement or multiple sclerosis, Levinson offers modifications for every level in each of her classes.

Meet with a trainer

Not sure where to start on the path to a more active life? Make an appointment with a Vita personal trainer. With strength training and cardiovascular exercise, you can help keep your muscles, bones and joints strong, as well as reduce your risk for injury and falls as you age.

“We offer private 30- and 60-minute sessions, as well as small group options where people who are at the same fitness level can help motivate each other,” says VanHook-Williams. “Our personal trainers will design a program based on your needs and help you accomplish your fitness goals.”

Get moving

For more information about how these and other Vita services can help you get fit, call (248) 325-3870 or visit our Vita section.