BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Age is nothing but a number… right? Well, it depends on how well you are taking care of yourself even during your later years in life. So in this week’s Fitness Friday, it’s all about making sure seniors or people who are ‘older and wiser’ are fit and healthy.
Personal Trainer Peggy Keebler of PK Fitness, LLC. provides great workout tips that older people, no matter their age can actually do in the privacy of their own home. Health experts say the first and most important thing for an older person to do when it comes to fitness, is to be sure to go to the doctor first for a check-up as well as regularly.
Once an older person is aware of their health status, and they are cleared to workout, that is when the exercise and activities can be done. As you grow older, an active lifestyle becomes more important than ever to your health.
A recent health study found that physical activity was the number one contributor to longevity, adding extra years to your life—even if you don’t start exercising until your senior years.
But getting active is not just about adding years to your life, it’s about adding life to your years. Physical activity and movement, can help boost your energy, maintain your independence, protect your heart, and manage symptoms of illness or pain as well as your weight.
Regular exercise is also good for your mind, mood, and memory. And with seniors, there are low-impact exercises that are available for them to participate in that can help with all of that and more. Also remember when working with seniors, taking your time and being patient is important.
The older people get, the more balance, stamina, and flexibility are important when it comes to making sure falls are prevented. While seniors are working out and exercising, slow and steady fitness is the key. This will ensure the balance and agility of the older person.
Exercises like balancing on one foot, raising arms, arm rotations, standing and sitting in a chair, or squats, stretching, walking.. doing all these types of activities, while breathing properly will help with seniors health and fitness.
WATCH: Reporter Jessalyn Adams and Personal Trainer Peggy Keebler, PK Fitness LLC., as she shares some easy, at-home exercises and tips for seniors.
For more information on Seniors health and fitness, visit https://www.seniorfitness.net/sfafit.htm
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