This fitness class popular with seniors may be the workout you’ve been waiting for.
Exercise is important at any age, but the fitness options available to seniors are often limited by reduced mobility or lack of balance. In recent years, “seated aerobics” has been gaining traction as a safe way for older people to work on body strength and flexibility. Plus it’s a great way to socialize. Classes are attended by older fitness fanatics as often as three times per week, according to an article on the WDAM website (“Seated aerobics helps seniors citizens keep fit,” November 2015).
The stability of a seated chair means you won’t lose your balance while an instructor guides you through free-weight and resistance band routines (after a nice long warm-up, of course). Standing-up motions and squats are also part of the routine.
As time takes its toll on legs, necks and hips, seated aerobics focuses on these important areas; many participants see improvements after just a few sessions. Carrying shopping bags in from the car and getting up from the armchair are just a couple of everyday movements that will hopefully become easier. Check online for classes in your local area.
Of course, fitting exercise classes into your schedule can be a struggle whatever your age. Ingrained habits such as watching hours of TV, coupled with a general lack of willpower, are common obstacles. This government fact sheet offers advice on how you can effortlessly fit exercise into your day.
Seated aerobics, hiking in the woods, a walk around the supermarket…it doesn’t matter what you do—just aim to set aside 30 minutes each day for making it happen!