Senior Fitness To Stay Healthy
“I can’t do that. I’m old.” I hear that on that on a daily basis, and it drives me crazy. Getting older is inevitable. There’s no denying that, but I’m a firm believer in the saying, “You’re only as old as you feel.” Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure there are some people out there who feel VERY OLD, but there’s a reason for it. There’s definitely a correlation between getting old and the amount and difficulty of the physical activities we’re able to do. I don’t need to see a 75 year old client doing burpees in a 60 pound weight vest. However, I see a MUCH stronger correlation between inactivity and the amount and difficulty of the physical activities we’re able to do. To go back to my original quote about senior fitness, “I can’t do that because I’m old,” I think these people have it confused. You feel old BECAUSE you don’t do these things. The older we get, the less most people do. I believe you when you say that you can’t jump an inch off the ground, but not because you’re 63, rather, because you haven’t tried to jump in 19 years. It’s like saying,”I can’t get bench 300 pounds because I’m 17. I’m too young for that!” IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE! I don’t care if you’re 60 or 70 years old. You should be able to get up and down off the ground. You should be able to play with grandkids on the floor. Infants can crawl on all fours when a HUGE percent of the older population can’t. It’s a primitive movement, but it takes practice. There is a big difference in thought between saying “I can’t. I’m old,” and “I feel old because I don’t do these things.” If you change your mindset to the latter, that implies that you CAN do them with practice. And you will!
Senior fitness is a crucial part of our society. Regular exercise becomes more and more important as we get older. Without regular exercise, muscle mass in our bodies decreases year after year, causing our bodies to become more and more brittle and weak. Senior fitness programs are very important when it comes to practicing activities of daily livings, ADLs.Things like getting up and down, moving side to side, maintaining good posture and range of motion all get harder over time, so they must be practiced.
Of course, there are exceptions with things like arthritis, bad backs, etc., but, regardless of your level of fitness, you can always improve it somehow. Change your thinking from “I can’t, I’m old,” to “I feel old because I don’t do these things.”
As you can see in the photo above, stability balls are a great option for senior fitness. It forces them to utilize their core, improves balance, and allows for a wide array of different exercises. Getting up and down can also be a challenge for many seniors, and the stability ball is a great middle ground between standing and being completely down on the ground. When it comes to senior fitness, core work, balance work, and agility are key factors. A healthy, stable and functional senior stems from a solid core which includes the abdominal and pelvic region.
Senior fitness is a product of a well-rounded, progressive exercise program. As with any exercise program,flexibility and mobility cannot be ignored. I would highly recomend investing ina stability ball for any senior fitness program. I use the Power Systems VersaBall as my stability ball of choice. The stability ball is an awesome way to progress different exercises by adding a balance challenge and requiring extra core stability.
Over time, seniors can start to feel as if their freedom is being taken away due to physical limitations. That DOES NOT have to be the case. A good senior fitness program can help seniors maintain or regain their ability to complete just about any activity of daily living. This by itself is a huge benefit of senior fitness. Being able to complete these activities easily also reduces every day stress, which has a whole different array of benefits. Living stress free helps seniors enjoy their time much more, rather than feeling like every little thing is a struggle.My Senior Fitness Programs help clients regain their balance, strength and most importantly, their FREEDOM! My workouts progress them through a series of exercises that train their core strength, flexibility and mobility in a way that is functional and will make their daily lives easier. Not only do my clients feel stronger and healthier after working with me, they feel safer. They don’t have to stress about falling or constantly needing help doing things they’ve done their entire lives.If you’re interested in improving your life or the life of a loved one, Click Here to Get Access to Professional Senior Fitness Workout Programs.