Regular exercise helps keep extra weight off, which can take a tremendous toll on your health. Plus, it gives you an energy boost, helps manage pain, and facilitates strong mental health.
Ready for some senior fitness tips? Let’s get started.
One of the best ways to make exercise a priority as you age is to start exercising when you’re young. If exercise is a lifelong habit, you won’t think twice about looking for ways to exercise in your golden years.
But just because you’re on the downhill side of 40 (or 50 or 60) doesn’t mean you can’t get started. You can build habits at any age, it just takes a bit of determination. You’ll reap healthy benefits from exercise regardless of how old you are when you start.
Pick a Sport
If mindlessly peddling an exercise bike sounds like torture, look for forms of exercise that are more appealing. Sports are an excellent way to get exercise.
Team sports have the added appeal of social connection. Plus, you’ll have greater accountability since your team is depending on you to participate.
But even sports like hiking, skiing, or swimming are great motivators. Pick something you enjoy and don’t exercise just to exercise. When you love what you’re doing, you’re more likely to keep doing it.
Take a Senior Exercise Class
Group fitness classes are an excellent way to get your sweat on. Most gyms offer Zumba, spinning, pilates, yoga, and more. Again, there’s a social element here. It’s so much more fun to work out with friends!
But does being the oldest person in the room (by a lot) feel intimidating? Why not check out a senior exercise class? There are plenty of senior fitness groups that cater to older adults so you can work out with people who are more in your league.
Go for a Walk
Something as simple as going for a walk can be a great way to get exercise. Getting outside, enjoying nature, and breathing fresh air all have positive benefits for both your physical and mental health.
Walking may not seem as intense as some of the other options we’ve discussed, but it can be. Power-walking and carrying small hand weights are both great ways to add some pep to your workout. Plus, walking is far easier on your knees than jogging but offers much of the same benefits.
Senior Fitness Is Attainable!
Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to live a sedentary life after a certain age. You may have more physical limitations than you used to, but there is still plenty you can do. Even wheelchair-bound folks can lift weights and do chair aerobics, yoga, and Tai Chi.
Make senior fitness a top priority and you’ll not only live longer but live better. Who wouldn’t want to thoroughly enjoy their golden years? Getting plenty of exercise is a great way to do it.
That’s why we offer plenty of exercise classes and options for our residents. Check out more about our great amenities here!