Exercise Resolutions Maintain Independence

A new year is just around the corner and whether you are young or a bit older, the holidays offer an excellent opportunity for making resolutions towards a healthier, more rewarding and independent life.

Fitness programs designed for adults over 60 are one of the fastest growing segments in the industry.   The increasing number of aging baby boomers, determined to stay fit and active well into older age, has resulted in a swell of fitness classes designed for a more mature athlete.

Tracking results has become an important tool to motivate all ages to keep working on physical fitness. Depending on ability, seniors may focus on functional fitness; designed to improve balance, strength, endurance and coordination required for everyday living or be able to step it up a notch with more advance strength and interval training.

Using an activity monitor to keep track of exercise can be a useful tool for anyone trying to stay strong and physically fit.  Older adults may want to consider finding an exercise buddy to help motivate one another or join a club or studio that offers goal tracking and coaching to help stay on target.

According to the National Institute on Aging, being physically active not only helps seniors maintain independence longer, it can prevent or at least delay many diseases and chronic conditions, help improve mood, manage stress and protect cognitive function.

To learn more about starting an exercise program, visit the Go4Life website from the NIH https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/.  Be sure to consult your health care professional before starting any new physical activity.