Fitness is important at every age but may look different for seniors as your purpose for keeping your body healthy and physical abilities may shift. Whether you have always been active or are new to exercise, it is essential to speak with a doctor or healthcare provider and consider working with a physical therapist or trainer who can support you in your fitness journey.
Consider personal health goals.
As you get older, your reason for working out and staying active may change from when you were younger. Think about your fitness history, current abilities or limitations, interests, and what goals you have. This may look less like trying to bench hundreds of pounds and more like wanting to run around, pick up grandchildren, or retain independence.
Some of the most important considerations for seniors working to stay fit are mobility, balance, functional strength, and enjoying whichever activities you choose. Consistency is key for maintaining health and keeping you on track toward your goals, and much more likely if you are having fun.
What types of fitness are best for older adults?
The best way to increase your overall fitness as a senior is to balance of strength training, cardio, and flexibility to work on different aspects of a healthy lifestyle. Each has its own benefits that help various parts of the body function and thrive as a whole.
Low-impact exercises like swimming, biking, walking, water aerobics, and yoga can reduce joint stress if that is a concern. If you are new to exercise, start slow and listen to your body in order to prevent overexertion.
Group classes add a social factor which also can boost mental health and prevent isolation, plus encourage accountability, so you are less likely to get off track. There are also many online or virtual classes for those who prefer to stay active at home, which can be done on your own or with others. These also can provide structure and safe progressions to help you get started.
The care managers at CJ & Associates Care Consulting in Los Angeles are here to help you or your loved one keep their body healthy for years to come. Contact us today for more information or to make an appointment!