SENIOR FITNESS

USE YOUR BODY - DON’T LOSE IT!

IT’S TRUE.                                                                                                 IF YOU DON’T USE IT, YOU WILL LOSE IT.

When it comes to your body and your health, some of the things you lose as you age can actually be prevented.  This includes:

•Strength: Sarcopenia 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% each year from age 30.


•Endurance: As we age, we could lose aerobic fitness and experts believe this often 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 loss of your body’s physical strength, endurance, flexibility or balance isn't inevitable - or irreversible.


The National Institute on Aging believes that, "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."
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One of the great things about physical activity is that there are so many ways to be active.

  1.     You can be active in short spurts throughout the day.

  2.     You can set aside specific times of the day on specific days of the week to exercise.

  3.     Many physical activities — such as brisk walking, raking leaves, or taking the stairs whenever you can — are free or low cost and do not require special equipment.

  4.     You can also check out an exercise video from the library or use the fitness center at a local senior center.
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The Exercise Guide below is from the National Institute on Aging.  It shows you many types of exercise and physical activity. It also has lots of tips to help you be active in ways that suit your lifestyle, interests, health, and budget - whether you’re just starting out, getting back to exercising after a break, or fit enough to run a 3-mile race.

The Guide is for everyone — people who are healthy and those who live with an ongoing health problem or disability. 

To read it now - just click on a chapter link from the right column.

 

Total Body Strength For Seniors is an exercise workout from certified personal trainer, Paige Waehner. The exercises she recommends help Seniors improve their strength, balance, stability and flexibility. 

Total Body Strength

For Seniors

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