Getting to be a senior is a funny thing. The activities we used to take for granted are getting more difficult, but we want to stay active. For those of us who dislike exercise but still want to maintain a level of physical and cognitive fitness so we can actively engage in the community, there is hope!
Let’s look at what motivates us to maintain our fitness levels as we get older – the ‘What’s In It For Me’ approach. Ask yourself:
- Am I prepared to get involved in some form of exercise if it will help me retain my strength and balance?
- Can I expect to get more than strength and balance?
- Is it good for my brain?
- How often am I prepared to do it?
- How long do I want to spend doing it?
- What is likely to happen to me if I decide not to retain fitness?
- Do I want to do this on my own or with other people?
- What is available in my area?
There are probably many more questions that will come up as you think your fitness level and how it might fit into your lifestyle. If you have any questions you would like answered, please Comment
Senior Fitness – why bother?
We know that as we age our physical and cognitive functions decline. The good news is that we can slow down the rate of decline if we keep doing exercise – yes, even cognitive function. And it is never too late to start. The chart shows that even when your physical /cognitive function is very limited, doing some form of exercise will slow down the rate of decline.
Figure Physical activity and maintaining physical function in older adults
Br J Sports Med. 2009 Jan;43(1):28-31. It also relates to Cognitive Function.
As Denise Medved, founder and creator of Ageless Grace® says
“It’s Never too Late to Start, It’s Never too Early to Begin”
Senior Fitness at Ageless Grace
Ageless Grace® is a simple, playful way to work on senior fitness. Whatever your fitness level, Ageless Grace® allows you to move in ways that suit your body and your movement style. The 21 exercise tools allow you to move every part of your body – whether you want to be energetic and extend your capability and fitness, or within your limits. The Ageless Grace® exercises can give you a great aerobic exercise class, while all the time you’re seated and listening to music you’ll enjoy.
You’ll work on upper body strength, through core strength and more. From hip flexors to toes, from face and head, fingers and hands and importantly, the brain, you’ll find something to make you laugh and move. Work on your balance and your breath, your joints and spine. Be amazed at how simple exercises can have you doing things you thought you’d forgotten, or never even tried before.
As an Ageless Grace® Educators we often hear, “I hate exercise! But I know I have to do some”. Many of the people who come to our classes feel like this. Ageless Grace® gives them a way to work on their fitness levels as seniors and beyond.