Senior Fitness

It’s never too late to get in shape. As we grow older, leading an active lifestyle is more important than ever. Regular exercise helps seniors maintain health, boost energy and improve confidence. People are living longer and retirement is extending years and years longer than ever before. Balanced nutrition and a healthy lifestyle can contribute to adding years to someone’s life, yet there are still plenty of questions surrounding senior fitness. Here are some myths amongst seniors that we are here to dispel.

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Myth 1: It’s too late – I’m too old to start exercising.

It’s never too old to start exercising. Studies have shown that gains in muscle mass and strength can be attained well into your 80’s! If you are just starting out, start slowly but just get active! There are many ways from walking to light weight training to get started, and there are tons of fitness classes that are low impact and fun!

Myth 2: Why should I exercise? I’m going to get old anyway.

Exercising helps you look and feel younger! Regular physical activity lowers your risk for a variety of conditions including Alzheimer’s and dementia, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, depression and obesity. You may get older, but you’ll feel better!

Myth 3: I need my rest.

Resting can be good in some situations. Inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle is never good. A lack of movement and physical activity can lead to erosion of skills and abilities, and sitting around often makes you MORE tired. Get up and move around, and you can rest after!

Myth 4: If I work out will I get hurt?

You will not get hurt, in fact, regular exercise can have the opposite effect. Working out can help you improve your mobility, flexibility, balance, strength, posture and coordination. Physical activity can also help alleviate symptoms of chronic conditions like arthritis, and will help prevent the loss of bone mass, keeping them strong.

Get out there and keep active! If you need any guidance or instruction, come talk to one of our Fitness Professionals!

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