Senior Fitness: Why It’s Never Too Late to Start
When I was younger, I never worried about my health and well being as I was in the fortunate position of working in the fitness industry. I had adopted a devil may care attitude to knocks and injuries safe in the knowledge that I would be ok!!! As I’ve gotten older and my from both my own experiences and from working with older personal training clients, I have been taught a valuable lesson about the importance of being healthy and taking care of our bodies for the future. Even more important, they’ve taught me that it’s never too late to start exercising and lifting weights.
You Can Stop the Clock
Despite all the anti-aging products and potions pushed on us, it’s inevitable that we will get older. However, some of the things we lose as we age can actually be prevented, including:
- Strength and Muscle: Sacropenia is the fancy term scientists have given to describe loss of muscle, strength and quality of tissue often seen in older adults. Some experts have suggested that muscle mass declines about 1 percent each year from age 30.
- Cardiovascular Fitness: As we age, we often lose aerobic fitness and experts believe this contributes to reduced mobility in daily life.
- Flexibility: Joints change with age and this can lead to stiffness, decreased range of motion and more injuries
- Balance: Each year, hospitals see thousands of older patients for broken hips due to falling. Balance exercises can help you avoid injuries from falls and keep you independent and mobile.
The good news is that the loss of strength, endurance, flexibility and balance aren’t inevitable. It could be said than when older people lose their ability to do things on their own, it doesn’t happen just because they have aged. More likely it is because they have become inactive and allowed life get in the way.
It’s Never too Late for Senior Fitness
No matter how old you are, exercise can improve your quality of life. You don’t have to spend a lot of time doing it to see and feel improvements. Like everyone else, seniors need to engage in cardio, strength training, and flexibility exercises to stay healthy and maintain as much strength and functionality as possible. Thats why Senior Fitness is so important!
Strength Training for Seniors
Strength training has incredible benefits for everyone, but especially for seniors. Evidence suggests that resistance training can reverse declines in strength and muscle mass for decades.
Before you get started, it’s essential that you get checked out by your doctor. If you have any conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure or heart disease, you’ll need to learn the types of exercises you can and can’t do.
If you’ve never lifted weights before, you may want to try our Senior Fitness classes to learn the proper way to lift those weights. Bring a friend along as its much more fun and motivating to workout with friends.
Cardio Exercise for Seniors
Because endurance can decline over the years, it’s important to engage in some type of aerobic exercise i.e walking, swimming or even some gentle cycling. Seniors should aim for 30 minutes cardio exercises each day and this can be done in your local park or indoors at LeisureWorld Bishopstown. (Check out recommended guidelines here)
Flexibility & Balance for Seniors
It’s important to stay flexible as you get older. Plan on stretching after your workouts or incorporate yoga into your routine. Be sure your muscles are warm when you stretch, either from working out or after getting out of a hot bath or shower. In addition to a basic flexibility workout, be sure to incorporate balance exercises into your day.
Remember that any activity is better than none, so start with something easy and enjoyable. You’ll find that, over time, exercise can help you improve your quality of life and help you age gracefully.
See you soon at LeisureWorld 🙂
- Wednesdays & Thursdays – Active Age Fitness @ 11am
- Tuesdays & Friday – Aqua @ 10.40am