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.

  • Make physical activity a priority. A lot of seniors are active first thing in the morning before they get busy with their daily routines.
  • Keep it simple. You’re more likely to stick with exercise that’s convenient for you, such as walking circuits of the mall, joining a nearby gym or climbing up and down flights of stairs.
  • Bring along a friend. Making a date with another person motivates you to get out the house on those days you feel too sluggish to otherwise do so (and let’s face it, we all have days like that). Bringing along a buddy opens up a whole new world of possibilities: Salsa classes, line dancing…even less exciting endeavors like walking are enlivened by company.

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!