CERTIFIED SENIOR FITNESS SPECIALIST
“For most older people, the maintenance of functional ability has the highest importance”*.
Healthy aging is more than the absence of disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Aging results from a complex interaction of lifestyle, environment, and genetics. Maintaining regular physical activity and good nutrition will keep you on a path toward a more functional future. A simple way of understanding this relationship is the following statement: “A person’s genes determine what might be, but lifestyle choices determine what the person actually becomes."** Most Americans today will live into their mid-eighties whether they’re in great shape or shuffling around on walkers.
"We are so fortunate to be privy to tons of information as studies today forage into new territories, trying to identify just what, when, and how exercise influences our bodies." - Gail Seiler
Movement is medicine and the choice is yours.
MOVEMENT IS EVERYTHING
Getting from A to B without assistance is what we all wish for as we grow older. Senior fitness is a rapidly growing segment of the industry.
If you are not as active as you would like to be, it’s time to start.
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AMAZING BENEFITS OF EXERCISE
Here are some of the amazing benefits of exercise that you may not realize:
Exercise helps bones to become denser and muscles stronger.
Weight-bearing exercise causes the body to produce more bone cells as an adaptation to exercise.
As a response to exercise more fluid enters our joints so we move better.
As heart rate increases, blood pumps fresh oxygen into cells so we can withstand fatigue.
Nutrients in the blood are delivered everywhere as the blood travels.
Wounds heal faster.
Increased blood flow to the brain creates new blood vessels!
Chemicals are released that dull pain and improve mood.
The body learns how to burn fat more efficiently and fat cells shrink.
Studies now show that exercise likely slows the aging process and this continues to be studied.
WHAT KIND OF EXERCISE DO SENIORS NEED?
Seniors require a similar exercise program as younger people. Strength, balance, mobility and cardiovascular fitness should be incorporated a few times per week. Core musculature has to be consistently challenged to improve postural alignment, rounded shoulders, and other body positions we assume when unfit.
The CDC and WHO advise most adults to do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week and strength training two times per week. Moderate intensity exercise includes activities such as brisk walking, walking the dog, carrying groceries, as well as gardening, carrying wood, shoveling etc.
At any age we can push ourselves a little further, gain strength & feel good about ourselves as this client spontaneously demonstrates!
About half of Americans meet the recommendations for aerobic physical activity, but only about 20% include strength training. Strength training is when we build new muscle and bone. Strength training occurs when we use our body weight to accomplish something e.g. a push-up or squat.
Senior fitness is not a “one size fits all” scenario. Older adults are quite diverse, some have led an active life and others have chronic conditions. Whether your goal is to pick up your grandchildren or to be able to walk through the woods hunting with your buddies, becoming or remaining active is vital.
2013: the AMA officially labeled obesity as a disease. Only 20% of Americans get enough weekly exercise.
1993: New guideline: sedentary adults should accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days of the week.
The population of the United States is aging at a faster rate than ever seen before. By 2050, 25% of Americans will be aged 65 or older.
**American Council on Exercise course on Senior Fitness