As you grow older, an active lifestyle is more important than ever. Regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain your independence, and manage symptoms of illness or pain. Exercise can even reverse some of the symptoms of aging. And not only is exercise good for your body, it’s also good for your mind, mood, and memory. Whether you are generally healthy or are managing an illness, there are plenty of ways to get more active, improve confidence, and boost your fitness over 50.
Starting or maintaining a regular exercise routine can be a challenge as you get older. You may feel discouraged by illness, ongoing health problems, or concerns about injuries or falls. Or, if you’ve never exercised before, you may not know where to begin. Or perhaps you think you’re too old or frail, or that exercise is boring or simply not for you.
While these may seem like good reasons to slow down and take it easy as you age, they’re actually even better reasons to get moving. Exercise can energize your mood, relieve stress, help you manage symptoms of illness and pain, and improve your overall sense of well-being. In fact, exercise is the key to staying strong, energetic, and healthy as you get older. And it can even be fun, too.
No matter your age or your current physical condition, you can benefit from exercise. Reaping the rewards of exercise doesn’t require strenuous workouts or trips to the gym. It’s about adding more movement and activity to your life, even in small ways. Whether you are generally healthy or are managing an illness—even if you’re housebound—there are many easy ways to get your body moving and improve your health*.
Fitness Class Ideas
24 Hour Fitness: Active Aging Classes*
From Silver Sneakers to water aerobics, 24 Hour Fitness active aging group exercise classes are designed to help seniors and older adults maintain their cardiovascular health, strength and flexibility. Whether you’re a veteran gym member or a newcomer, we welcome you to come enjoy the benefits of working out in a group. The availability of Silver Sneakers and other senior fitness classes varies by 24 Hour Fitness location.
Local Recreation Centers*
Many city rec centers have senior fitness class, creative activities and learning opportunities.
Active older adults live longer and have better functional conditioning. That is why the YMCA offers wellness and socialization programs designed for seniors by well-trained, caring staff who can accommodate special needs*.
HelpGuide.org: http://www.helpguide.org/life/senior_fitness_sports.htm24 Hour