Senior fitness

In this entry, I would like to take some time to discuss senior fitness, an area of the fitness realm that I feel has been neglected and should be more talked about in this day and age. So let's dive on in.

Studies have shown that as we age we lose a large percentage of our muscular mass and strength, in addition to our bone mineral density. It has also been shown, that exercise can combat and hinder these negative aspects of aging. It has been shown that resistance training or weight training, can help increase bone mineral density, maintain muscle mass, and prevent injury as we age. Without a doubt resistance training should be included in every seniorís fitness regimen.

However, it is important to note that stretching, and low intensity resistance training should be of the utmost consideration in a seniorís program. I feel that it is wise to utilize resistance bands, in conjunction with light free weight and slowly progress up in intensity and weight as the client increases strength. Also, it is important to emphasize the cardiovascular element of any senior fitness plan as well. Just a simple 10 to 30 minute walk will suffice a few times a week.

So in summation, exercise should not be neglected in the senior population. On the contrary, it should be included in every seniorís healthy lifestyle plan. Be sure to implement a resistance training element, in conjunction with an aerobic and stretching routine as well. Also, other considerations may be supplementation. Supplementation may include calcium, magnesium, multivitamin, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D3, or whatever a physician feels is optimal for that client.