Exercise is important, especially for older adults. It has a myriad of health benefits, from improving strength to reducing blood pressure in those with hypertension. However, adults are far less physically active than they should be. In fact, statistics show that by age 75, one in three men and one in two women engage in no physical activity (according to the CDC). Obviously, this is a huge deal! But here’s the good news. If you’re an older adult who doesn’t have a regular fitness routine, it’s never too late to start! Here are 5 exercise classes you can look into today.
1. Zumba Gold
Zumba is a fun workout for anyone of any age and ability. However, Zumba Gold was created for the older active adult. Combining Latin and international music with killer dance moves, it’s a workout like no other! Plus, it’s low-impact, meaning it’s easy on the joints!
If you’re just getting into a fitness routine, yoga might be an excellent place to start. In fact, many consider yoga to be one of the best exercises for older adults! Benefits range from strengthened bones to better sleeping habits. And don’t forget the effect it can have on your emotional health! That’s right—it can even lessen the risk for depression! How’s that for a well-rounded exercise?
So, you enjoyed yoga but want more of a challenge. Why not try Pilates? Like its distant cousin yoga, Pilates is a low-impact workout that incorporates a wide range of motion. However, what makes Pilates especially ideal for older adults is that it really focuses on core strength. Core strength is vital for healthy aging in older adults. Not only does it improve your balance, but it can even prevent (or reduce) back pain!
Swimming is yet another workout that’s ideal for seniors of every fitness level! It’s low-impact and fun, the kind of exercise where you can go at your own pace. However, many gyms also offer water aerobics classes. Some may even offer aqua yoga or Pilates. Talk about the best of both worlds!
5. Resistance training
Resistance training is a type of exercise that’s designed to increase muscle strength. In other words—the perfect type of physical activity for older adults! In addition to improving core strength, resistance training can also correct bad posture (according to HealthCentral).
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Robert FowlerContributing Writer
Robert Fowler is a retired blogger who lives with his wife, Mary Ann at Village at Deaton Creek, a Del Webb Community in North Georgia. Robert was previously the President of Retirement Media Inc. He has visited numerous 55+ Active Adult Communities over the years, sharing his experiences along the way with readers. View more posts