Exercise for Seniors: "Age with Attitude and Grow Old Gracefully"
You'll find the LINK at the bottom of this page for guiding you through a complete exercise program for seniors, but before you begin, read on....... I am a senior at 66 and work specifically with seniors over 50. I understand the problems we face, which is why I have produced a series of pilates exercise and stretch DVD's specifically for people in our age group - check out the column to the right...
In my way of seeing our fitness, there are 7 major issues we need to address.
These are: Lack of Core Strength Inflexibility and Stiffness Lower Back Problems Deteriorating Posture Problems with Balance Pelvic Floor issues (men have one too!) Osteoporosis If you can think of another major problem, I would love to hear from you. Please email me.
T0 begin with, we need to know that it’s never too late to begin exercise and get stronger. Top Senior, Joseph Pilates lived into his 80’s and was still doing strenuous exercise. I’m not suggesting you need to perform strenuously, but you DO have to work at it......
We have just released a series of DVDs with Pilates Exercise and Stretches for Seniors. DVD is a great way to ensure you have a consistent guide for your exercise regime. Price is $20. Just click on the left, at the DVD cover...
The truth is that seniors can’t afford NOT to EXERCISE. Exercise will ensure we stay strong, energetic, lose weight and stay healthy seniors. It can also have an impact on independence, and even reverse some of the symptoms of aging. Not only is exercise good for your body— it’s good for your mind, for mood, and for memory.
Seniors will also enjoy a better night’s sleep after exercise. We offer very useful information about the pelvic floor, together with our methods of doing pelvic floor exercises (see above).
Sarcopenia is another challenge for seniors. It's the loss of muscle mass which occurs over the age of 30. It is said that we lose 1% of muscle mass every year from then on, or another way of looking at it - around 2 ½ kilos of muscle every decade after 30. Seniors need to exercise these muscles! Of course, stretching exercise for seniors is one of the most important facets of your exercise regime. As we age, our tendons shrink and we become inflexible. This link will take you to our wonderful range of
ILLUSTRATED STRETCHING EXERCISES
Try the stretches you think you need......
Weight bearing exercises (particularly resistance exercises) are brilliant for building strength for seniors. In fact, specialists believe that resistance exercise may delay the onset of loss of strength and muscle mass for decades.
For more useful information about a fun way for seniors to exercise, please visit, HERE. You’ll find heaps of useful tips on Hula Hoop exercise for seniors on this site.
If seniors choose not to exercise for the body, then, you MUST exercise for the brain.....This ensures the continual increase of neural networks keeping the brain active, improving memory and having a positive affect on Dementia and Alzheimers
Because you have visited a pilates website, I am going to tell you about the importance of core strength exercise for seniors. All muscles that connect to the spine, together with those that form a “corset” wrapping around your abdomen are core muscles. Click
at this link.
If Osteoporosis is a problem you face, you will find very useful information if you go to our Osteoporosis exercise for seniors page (see link above in MENU)
BELOW you have access to our online Correct Posture Test which will help you to discover exactly what exercise stretches will be of benefit to you as a senior. This is available when you receive for our monthly magazine. The Ezine, provides useful illustrated information about exercise and stretches for seniors, a little bit of gossip, and 2-minute video stretches - and of course it's FREE. The form below is a simple one and requires little time to complete.
2 Minute VIDEO Seniors Exercises
If some find some of this exercise too difficult to begin with, that's okay - don't give up. Try beginning with one of the most beneficial exercise for seniors to strengthen core muscles (and which also improves sleep deficiency due to too many trips to the bathroom) - pelvic floor exercises. Please, please read our wonderful information and explanation of the pelvic floor technique in the MENU above.
If you're a local, please feel welcome to join our exercise classes for seniors at: