I am glade to see an article about Senior exercise. We need to encourage our Seniors to be more physically active. I teach an exercise program called Body Recall that emphasizes flexibility and muscular endurance. It has given my students tremendous fitness improvements in a short period of time, and is taught in a safe environment. We do most of our exercises in a chair to remove the balance concern, but strengthen to improve balance. Combining this type of program with cardio will retard the agining process.
Our health care crisis could be minimized with consistent exercise from our Seniors, as well as all ages. I encourage any age to get up and get moving. We substitute the word "exercise" with the word "movement" because so many Seniors are intimidated with their preconceived idea of what exercise should be. If they could learn more possible and effective exercises to do, hopefully they would be encouraged to be more active and take responsibility for their fitness. He is right on when he says most aging effects are from inactivity, therefore could be slowed down and minimized. Fitness is activity related, not just age related!
- 10/6/2009 10:03:50 AM