ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Attention To Health And Fitness Helps Seniors Age Gracefully

Updated on April 9, 2015

You're never too old to be fit!

You can get this beautiful book absolutely free!

Just follow the link to get this easy-to-read Guide in English or Spanish, full of useful information, sample exercises & real-life success stories to help you!
Just follow the link to get this easy-to-read Guide in English or Spanish, full of useful information, sample exercises & real-life success stories to help you! | Source

Yoga is a lifelong form of exercise!

The New Yoga for Healthy Aging: Living Longer, Living Stronger and Loving Every Day
The New Yoga for Healthy Aging: Living Longer, Living Stronger and Loving Every Day

My FaceBook friend, Suza Francina, is a skilled yogini specializing in yoga for seniors. She has written several excellent books on the subject. I have been practicing Hatha Yoga since the 1970s. There are several forms of yoga in varying intensity levels. There's sure to be one that's just right for you!


Canada Embraces Fitness For Seniors

Dancing Is Great Exercise!

Save Your Health And Save Humanity!

Jackie Chan Aging Gracefully At 60!

Recent studies have shown what people have known through common sense for a long time. Seniors who stay active, eat well and take good care of themselves stay more flexible and enjoy better health and a better overall quality of life. Furthermore, it should come as no surprise that seniors who engage in activities they enjoy are much more likely to keep up with their health and fitness routines. There is really no limit to the activities seniors can enjoy to keep healthy and strong and stay active. Here are just a few!

Seniors Should Pay Close Attention To Cardiovascular Health

A good cardiovascular workout uses the large muscle groups of the body in a steady and rhythmic manner for a fairly lengthy period of time. This builds strength and endurance, keeps the heart strong and improves circulation. Cardio workouts are also a lot of fun and can include walking, hiking, dancing, cycling, swimming and other active pursuits.
Seniors who enjoy cardio activities two or three times a week can avoid problems such as shortness of breath. Furthermore, active seniors can be more active thanks to the boost in energy cardiovascular exercise provides. More strength and energy means more independence, and that's always a good thing.

Strength Is Not Just For The Young

It's smart for seniors to stay strong as they age. Heavy weightlifting isn't necessary. Seniors can build up a surprising amount of strength with light workouts using elastic bands, free weights or even resistance provided by body weight or by pursuing disciplines such as Hatha Yoga.

Staying strong and building up some muscle mass helps seniors have strong bones. It also improves balance. The combination of better balance and stronger bones means fewer falls and fewer injuries. The combination of cardiovascular training and power training can help seniors perform necessary tasks such as carrying groceries, opening stubborn containers, crossing streets and so on with ease and grace. Being strong is a great way to stay independent!

Staying Flexible Reduces Pain & Injuries

Seniors who practice Yoga and/or Pilates, go swimming or simply engage in stretching activities enjoy greater flexibility and reduced joint pain. Stretching improves muscle strength and support around the joints and helps prevent inflammation and injuries. Staying flexible helps seniors maintain full range of motion to perform activities of daily living such as dressing, tying shoes, washing hair and bathing and more effortlessly.

Maintain Good Balance To Avoid Injury & Stay Independent

Yoga also helps seniors maintain a good sense of balance to avoid falls and enhance exercise ability and enjoyment of life. Other activities that help with balance include Tai Chi and simple posture exercises. Involvement in these activities also helps seniors maintain good posture throughout life.

Enjoyable Activities Add Spice & Health To Later Life

It can be fun to sign up for exercise classes and/or join clubs and groups for exercise, socializing and activities, but seniors who prefer to exercise alone or with a friend can reap many benefits from walking. It's an excellent way to begin and exercise program and a complete exercise in and of itself. Seniors can walk outdoors, in malls or just about anywhere. A comfortable pair of shoes is all that's needed.

Seniors who do enjoy joining classes and groups usually have quite a few to choose from. Most local senior centers have dance and exercise classes for seniors that provide wonderful opportunities for exercise.

Swimming, water sports and water aerobics can be exciting and energizing while providing a wonderful workout. Water workouts are perfect for seniors (especially those who are overweight) because the water helps support the body and reduces pressure, strain and stress on the joints.

Yoga can be performed successfully by anyone. It consists of an array of poses that stretch and strengthen the body. Controlled breathing is an important aspect of yoga, and it strengthens the lungs and oxygenates the body. Yoga practice can be modified to be suitable for people of any level of ability.

Seniors who are up for a little more challenge and want to work on strength and balance can take courses in Qi Gong and/or Tai Chi. These gentle martial arts have been practiced by seniors in China for centuries.

Maintaining health and fitness in the senior years is a wonderful way for older people to stay independent and enjoy life. There are many affordable or free choices in fitness activities for seniors. Every moment an older person spends maintaining balance, strength, flexibility and good health increases both longevity and quality of life.

Copyright:SuzanneBennett:December 18, 2014


Submit a Comment

  • Glenis Rix profile image


    3 years ago from UK

    My father died recently, at the age of 91. He was a very keen gardener - out from dawn till dusk until his eighties and still pottering around until a couple of days before he passed. Gardening is great for both body and spirit.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    3 years ago from Texas

    I do chores outside every afternoon and also do a thorough stretching routine before I go to bed. It really doesn't take a lot of exercise to stay flexible and functionally fit. Again, the key is consistency! :D

  • MarleneB profile image

    Marlene Bertrand 

    3 years ago from USA

    I use to teach dance and aerobics when it became popular. Now that I am sixty years old, I don't move as well. But one thing I can verify is that the more active we stay, the fewer aches and pains we experience. Now, instead of dancing, I garden.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    3 years ago from Texas

    Thanks! :)

  • Rangoon House profile image


    3 years ago from Australia

    You are so right - this is common sense, and yet so many still ignore the sound wisdom. I hope your message spreads far.

  • dghbrh profile image


    3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

    Very useful hub here. Ageing gracefully and enjoying life as it comes really defines our perspectives about our own lifestyle. Through proper work out and systematically maintained diets lead us to a happy mental life. I am about to be forty now and I have started long ago this mind set that I gotta be ageing gracefully accepting a well balanced life style. A regular work out mixed with yoga, pillates and stretching combinations , walk, practicing classical dance forms and a well balanced diet with proper hours of sleep with a stress free mind is what my aim is to go ahead in life. With proper systematic physical activities it is important also to maintain a mental balance and that i prefer to do with writing, reading, painting etc.

    I fell down three years ago and got hurt myself on my right ankle but with time and continuous exercise I could gain the strength again to continue with my dancing.

    I really loved reading your hub here. Sharing and voted up.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    3 years ago from Texas

    Thanks for mentioning that book (mentioned in another HUB) Peggy! I had totally forgotten that I intended to come back to this HUB and add Amazon products, videos and that book from the National Health Institute! :D

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    3 years ago from Texas

    Oh, I ride horses (and get thrown by them) ride my bicycle and walk for transportation and exercise every day. That's aging gracefully, in my opinion. What is NOT aging gracefully is accepting creeping disability as par for the course, having cosmetic surgery done in an attempt to look artificially younger and so on. Good on ya on the rollerblades. That's a great way to stay fit! :)

  • DzyMsLizzy profile image

    Liz Elias 

    3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    ;) Age gracefully? I refuse! I'm fighting every step of the way. That's why, this year, with my knee replacement surgery 2 years behind me, I'm determined to get back on my rollerblades! So there! ;-)

    I also study karate!

    Voted up, useful and interesting.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    3 years ago from Texas

    Well, I think it's wonderful that our tax dollars are being spent to educate people about health and fitness. It's certainly preferable to oil subsidies and waging war on the Middle East! I have shared the books with my neighbors (many middle aged ladies) and my relatives, and we are all enjoying them and heeding their good advice.

  • Peggy W profile image

    Peggy Woods 

    3 years ago from Houston, Texas

    That is amazing that you received all of those books for free instead of the brochures you were expecting. I guess we can see where some of our tax dollars are being spent. Hope everyone that receives them takes full advantage of the information.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    3 years ago from Texas

    Thanks Peggy! You know, when I was researching this article I visited the National Institute of Health website. They have a lot of wonderful publications that people can get for free. I ordered a dozen of what I thought would be a brochure on fitness for seniors, and about a month later I received a big box full of beautiful books! Their publication is really excellent, and it's absolutely free! They have quite a few free resources that people can take advantage of.

  • Peggy W profile image

    Peggy Woods 

    3 years ago from Houston, Texas

    You are correct in what you wrote. Exercise is important at every age but particularly important as we age so as to maintain mobility, etc.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    3 years ago from Texas

    Very true indeed! Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

  • FitnessProDee profile image

    Dana Gore 

    3 years ago

    Great hub....and so true.

    Anyone of any age would benefit from an exercise program....and it's never too late.

    The body can be incredibly forgiving - and regardless of age or starting place, there is something available for everyone.

    Voted up, interesting and useful :)

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    3 years ago from Texas

    Yes, I agree. You can have a lot more control over your own health, well-being and happiness when you set up good health habits.

  • DDE profile image

    Devika Primić 

    3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Getting older can be an issue if allow that number to bother you. I believe in staying fit and healthy and feeling good from the inside should matter the most for everyone.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    3 years ago from Texas

    Thank you so much for your kind and wise words. I actually just tossed this article out there and planned to come back and tweak it later. I am flattered that you wanted to read it and comment on it in this simple state! :D

    Yes, absolutely! Staying active is extremely important. I walk, cycle, practice yoga and ride horseback to stay fit. It is my goal to stay completely healthy until I die in my sleep. :)

  • RoadMonkey profile image


    3 years ago

    This is so true. It is VERY important to stay active as you get older, including strength exercises. I had two falls in my 60s (pushing a car and the step slipped on the gym floor) and both times, I just bounced(ouch), no broken bones thank goodness. The second one could have meant a broken hip as I fell on my "cheek"!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)