Fitness for Seniors

Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise prescription. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop and consult your healthcare provider.

  • Where Can I Find Motivation?

    Signing a contract committing to a certain amount of exercise per week is powerful. On days you don’t feel like exercising, keep a journal and write down why you are not motivated. Journaling will help you get to the root cause of what is holding you back from being active and healthy. You can also […]
  • What are Your Reasons to be Thankful?

    Learning how to be patient in stressful situations prevents negativity from being overbearing in our lives. Sometimes we become so focused on the negative we forget to be thankful for all that is going well. Our thoughts tend to gravitate toward positive thoughts when our focus is on all that we have to be thankful. […]
  • Happy New Year!!!

    I bet I am correct in guessing that you have identified goals that you want to achieve in this coming year. Patterns happen every year that make me sad. Everyone is super excited to work toward achieving goals only to give up by March if not before. This does not have to be your reality! […]
  • Friendship – How Important is It?

    One of the best ways to manage stress is to spend time with your close friends who support you during rough times. We have good reason to be social. High blood pressure, getting sick, having heart disease and a failing memory can be traced back to loneliness. Although making friends can be intimidating at first, […]
  • Way to Go, Drink H2O

    Water makes up most of our bodies. Without adequate amounts of water our body will suffer.      As we age, our bodies change. For example we may no longer experience the sensation of thirst when our bodies need water. Keeping a glass of water near you will make it easier to drink enough water […]
  • No Need for Stage Fright!!!

    Toastmasters is an organization allowing an opportunity to improve speaking skills including both impromptu style speaking as well as delivering a prepared speech. The club I attend is very fortunate to have several retired individuals as members. What an amazing way to develop new friendships and a new hobby!
  • Make Me Laugh

    Laughing is more than enjoying the moment. Laughter has been shown to lower blood pressure, decrease stress, and protect the immune system. Additionally, when you laugh, the body produces endorphins which help you to feel better. Surround yourself with positive, uplifting people who are encouraging and entertaining. Laugh, it is so good for you. 
  • Benefits of Balance

    Muscle strength and balance are key factors in preventing falls. People over the age of 65 are likely to experience trauma after a fall. Because more seniors are falling each year, muscle strength training as well as balance exercises are crucial in fall prevention. For exercise ideas to improve balance, including demonstration videos, please click […]
  • Great Website

    If you are not familiar with this website Go4Life. I would recommend it. Exercises are listed to choose from and each has a video explanation as well as safety tips. Also, there is an option to download or print your own workout. Have fun!
  • Strive to be Active

    Normally when older people can no longer perform tasks independently, it is usually related to not being active. Stress levels can be managed with exercise and mood is likely to be improved with exercise. Feelings of sadness can be kept away by exercising. Additionally, being able to think and process information is improved with exercise. […]
  • Choose to be Strong

    Being weak and frail does not have to be part of the aging process. Seniors can combat this by working out and eating well. Of course, there are many other reasons to workout including strengthening muscles, becoming more flexible and to develop a stronger heart. Unfortunately many people over the age of 60 stop exercising […]
  • Brain Power

    During exercise, blood flows through the brain providing fresh oxygen to the cells. The suggested amount of exercise during the week is between 3 to 5 times. Although 30 minutes of exercise is recommended, even 15 minutes of activity has the potential to keep Alzheimer’s away. Workouts that require remembering a certain sequence of movement […]
  • Would You Like to Sleep Better?

    In 2013 a survey was conducted by the National Sleep Foundation that concluded sleeping better at night is related to including light exercises in a daily routine. Walking laps in a pool is ideal because the water takes the pressure off of your joints. Walking, yin yoga and chair exercises are considered light exercises that […]
  • Why Not Exercise?

    Among the many benefits of exercise including an increase in energy, a stronger immune system, and an increase in blood flow, certain exercises can help to build and maintain bone density.  Two types of exercises which help to build and maintain bone density include weight bearing and muscle strengthening exercises. Weight bearing exercises can either be […]