I laughed when I typed the title of this blog entry! It is really a confession as well; I seem to spend more time thinking and reading about exercises for seniors than I spend actually exercising! Do you? Or maybe you are really on track and most dedicated to the great health benefits of exercise. Hurray for you! In my own defense, however, I will also share that I am trying! Some of us are just slow learners.
Are you naturally athletic? Do you enjoy the competition – with others or against the clock? Is “winning the race” your ultimate goal? Honestly, I did not enjoy any athletic participation in my youth, whether encouraged or required! Often I have said that the extent of my athletic abilities does not go past a ping pong table, and that is about the truth! I was never good at softball, tennis, basketball, or even a basic gym class. The best I could be was a cheerleader for those who excelled or at least participated with enthusiasm in various games. And that is what I did! Cheer! Even that, however, was relatively easy years ago, and did not include the skilled gymnastics additions of today!
Finally, I have discovered several grand “motivators” to push me into some very basic forms of exercise. I am sharing these with you in hopes of encouraging you to “Get Up and Move” as well as to encourage myself so I won’t be embarrassed by this open admission of neglect or my lack of determination.
Exercise Videos for Seniors
The Core Program: Fifteen Minutes a Day That Can Change Your LifeStronger Seniors® Chair Exercise Program- 2 disc Chair Exercise Program- Stretching, Aerobics, Strength Training, and Balance. Improve flexibility, muscle and bone strength, circulation, heart health, and stability. Developed by Anne Pringle BurnellScott Cole: Discover Tai Chi For Balance and Mobility – Exercise for Seniors & Older Adults
I recently retired from a health care facility where we were offered monetary benefits for participation in a Better Health Program which included/required exercise. Ah, money is a good motivator! Then, about a year ago after a fall, physical therapy (including a home exercise plan), forced me to exercise for better mobility, pain reduction and additional fall risk prevention. These are good motivators! Third, with those two experiences, I realized, honestly, that I feel better, act better, look better, think better when exercise is included in my schedule. These are my main motivators! So, here are some “encouraging words” and suggestions to get you started – or keep you going!
Discuss exercise with your physician.
Explore community opportunities, facilities.
Set a schedule
Forgive yourself when you miss.
Reward yourself when you succeed.
Walk, walk, walk!
Add any other programs of your choice.
Now, what are you going to do? Don’t just sit there! Let’s move! Let’s strengthen muscles and prevent falls. Let’s stand up straight and tall. Let’s be energized and enthusiastic about our exercise, diet, good physical and mental health, and oh, ever so proud of ourselves for accomplishing our goal.