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January 13, 2020  -  Health & Wellness

How to Jumpstart Your Fitness with Senior Exercise Programs

If you get the go-ahead from your doctor, it’s a great idea for seniors of all fitness levels to establish an exercise routine. If there are no restrictions, older adults should be able to establish a senior exercise program that incorporates 150 minutes of moderate endurance activity each week.

Why is this important? As you age, exercise can help you to stay strong, safe and independent for as long as possible. And remember, when it comes to exercise, the best kind is the kind you enjoy doing!

Establishing Senior Exercise Programs

Sometimes the hardest part about exercise is finding the right senior fitness programs. Luckily, there are plenty of ways for you to engage in physical activity in a way that keeps your workouts interesting and helps to improve your overall health and wellness.

When searching for senior exercise programs, consider the four building blocks of fitness:

1. Balance

Improving balance, posture and the way you walk is vital to preventing falls and maintaining independence. Consider adding yoga, hiking, tai chi or posture exercises into your routine.

2.  Cardio

Improving endurance, strength and stamina are all essential to accomplishing the tasks associated with daily living. Consider adding swimming, biking, tennis or dancing into your routine.

3. Strength Training

Improving muscle mass, balance and preventing bone loss are all important aspects in maintaining strength and overall fitness. Consider adding bodyweight exercises, machines or free weights into your routine.

4. Flexibility

Improving range of motion and flexibility are important for movement when performing everyday tasks such as driving or tying your shoes. Consider adding yoga and stretching exercises into your routine.

The Best Senior Fitness Programs

There are a variety of ways to get exercise into your daily routine, but establishing a set fitness program will help you stay accountable for reaching your goals. Even if you break it down into 10-15 increments several times a day, the goal should always be 150 total minutes a week.

So, where to begin? There are a variety of options when it comes to joining senior fitness programs or establishing one on your own. If you aren’t sure where to start, it might be best to join a fitness class at a local senior center or recreation center. This will allow you to get ideas of specific exercises you should be doing and get a better feel for your current fitness level.

Some great exercises that seniors should incorporate into their fitness routines include:

  1. Swimming or water aerobics
  2. Yoga
  3. Low-impact Pilates
  4. Supervised bodyweight training
  5. Walking or hiking
  6. Cycling
  7. Strength and aerobics classes
  8. Personal training

While it might be difficult to figure out where to start when it comes to all the options for senior fitness programs, the goal is to find something that makes you happy and will keep you engaged. Just focus on your short-term goals, such as improving mood and energy levels, and allow that to keep you motivated to continue in your fitness journey.

Reward yourself for a job well done and know that every little bit makes a difference when it comes to your health and overall wellness.

Pursue Your Fitness Goals at Peregrine Senior Living

Healthy aging is key. At Peregrine Senior Living we give residents every opportunity to pursue their fitness goals and make health a priority. With nutritious meals, fitness centers and outdoor spaces, residents can find the type of exercise that speaks to their soul. Schedule a tour of one of our senior living communities near you and see what life is like at Peregrine. Contact us today.

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