Fitness for Seniors: Where to Begin?

A study by the National Institute of Health found that seniors often neglect their health. However, introducing a fitness routine can dramatically improve their health immediately as well as their longevity.

Beginning a new fitness routine is important and can be life-changing. However, it isn’t always wise to jump without looking first. So here are a few things seniors can do before they start a fitness plan.

  1. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN.
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A vast number of people over 65 years old have at least one chronic health problem. It could be heart problems, arthritis, COPD, hypertension, or any other assortment of ailments. As such, it is very important that a senior consult with a physician before commencing a new fitness plan. It’s also important to consult with a personal trainer who has experience training seniors and/or is certified in senior fitness.

  1. SHOP AROUND FOR THE BEST FITNESS PROGRAM FOR SENIORS.

Once your doctor gives you the green light, you should search for the right physical fitness program. I (and many other trainers) have a great deal of experience training seniors. That translates into a safe, effective training program for you.

Seniors aren’t lifting heavy weights and are focused more on body weight exercises, things that improve core and leg strength and enhance your balance. These exercises can be done almost anywhere so any gym will do. All you need is a bench and some form of cardio such as a treadmill, row machine, elliptical or stepper.

  1. BE REALISTIC IN YOUR FITNESS PLAN

Start slow. For many seniors, their visit to a gym is their first visit in years. Ask a trainer to advise you what you should focus on. Don’t go heavy right away. You should work your way up to more advanced levels.

Always warm up. Many people like traditional stretching out. That’s discouraged by many trainers today but I still like it. However, you should also spend 5 minutes on a bike or a treadmill to warm your muscles up before doing any exercise.

Finally, if you work on one thing at the gym, develop your core strength. All appendicular movement starts with your core.

Please call me to discuss senior fitness. I offer a free training session to seniors at my gym Snap Fitness in Glenview at the corner of Lake and Waukegan. Call me today to schedule an appointment at 312-848-9783

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