America’s baby-boomers are aging. By the middle of the century, an estimated 87 million Americans will be 65 years of age or older, causing us to think more seriously about longevity and quality of life. While degeneration and loss of functional mobility are often associated with aging, the two are not necessarily synonymous. Some physiologic changes are considered normal for aging adults, but physical activity and proper nutrition can have a significant impact on one’s independence as they age.
Falls and fractures are common among seniors, but tasks like reaching into a cupboard, taking out the garbage, walking up or down stairs, or getting up from a seated position can also become difficult. With proper training and regular physical activity however, aging adults can experience greater flexibility, strength, and mobility. In addition, exercise can actually improve blood pressure and prevent osteoporosis, and is great for the mind, mood, and memory.
No matter your age or current level of physical fitness, it’s never too late to start a new exercise routine. Check out this great article from the Washington Post about the benefits of exercise for seniors.
Experienced, credentialed personal trainers are experts at tailoring programs that increase balance, coordination, strength, and flexibility to improve long term health and give you independence to continue your regular activities. The team at Hyatt Training is truly dedicated to creating a fun environment where you can thrive, grow, and expand your knowledge of health and wellness. Come in for a free, 60-minute consultation, meet the team, and check out the studio where you’ll find a comfortable space to increase your health and fitness!
Author Erin Moussallem is a personal trainer at Hyatt Training. She believes it’s important to create health and balance in all areas of our lives, and incorporating a consistent training program is an integral component of that. Erin holds a bachelor of arts from Biola University and is a NASM certified personal trainer. Learn more about Erin, or get in touch with her by emailing us at Go@HyattTraining.com.
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