Some people think “being fit” is a young man’s game, a luxury that can’t be maintained once you’ve had children, and had to deal with the many stresses of raising them, while juggling your career. But being fit and healthy feels great, so there’s no reason anyone should deny themselves the lifelong benefits that come along with it. Whether you’re already fit now and hoping to stay in shape, or are looking to reclaim the healthier lifestyle you once had, there are many activities you can do, no matter what your age. With that in mind, we’ve picked five fun exercises that men and women can do, with an emphasis on making sure those with any weary joints or stiff backs won’t have to worry.‹ Go back to the blog
SwimmingWorried about banging up your knees, or rolling an ankle? Well then, there’s no sport with less impact than swimming. But grab your goggles, because while swimming may be easy on the body, it sure burns a lot of calories! Best of all, swimming is what’s known as an “aerobic exercise”, which means that it helps you keep your heart healthy. By getting your heartrate up, it helps pump more blood through your body, and lowers the risk of issues like coronary heart disease. Add in increased flexibility, a little bit of muscle toning power, and reduced risk of osteoporosis, and you’ve got a great exercise that any senior should consider. More Information >
YogaThink yoga is just for “hippie” college kids? Well think again! While the yoga craze keeps growing and growing, doctors have realized it’s a great, low-impact activity that folks of any age should consider. In fact, medical experts consider yoga a great way for seniors to maintain flexibility, while preventing muscle loss. Jessica Matthews, assistant professor of exercise science at Miramar College, highly recommends senior start with a “Tree Pose,” which helps improve balance (which can reduce your risk of falling.)
- Stand up with your legs put together and your arms straight above your head, and place your palms together.
- Gently raise your right leg off the ground so that the toes are still on the ground and your heel is touching the inside of your ankle. (If necessary, hold on to something.)
- Balance for twenty to thirty seconds if possible.
- Repeat with your other leg.
- As your balance improves, lift your raised foot upward, resting the sole of your foot on the inside of your lower leg.
- Over time, work toward having your raised leg bent, with your foot resting on the inside of the opposite leg above your knee.