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Fitness in Senior Living Communities: Staying Active Over 50

Sara Kies
Sara Kies | January 15, 2015


Staying active is important throughout life, but as we age it might become a little more difficult to get around. To continue a healthy lifestyle for your seniors, take some of these tips, and consider the pros and cons to figure out what is best for each individual person to stay active over 50.

Feeling your best and staying healthy is important at any age. But as we age, we experience life-changing events, anywhere from career changes to retirement, children leaving home, the loss of loved ones, and even physical change. How we handle these changes is key to staying healthy.

Regular exercise and constantly being physically active are important to both the physical and mental health of almost everyone, especially older adults. Being physically active can help you continue to do the things you enjoy and stay as independent as possible. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, regular exercise and physical activity can reduce the risk of developing some diseases and disabilities that develop as people grow older. Senior living communities across the nation have invested time and money in building fitness centers with programs that focus on issues affecting the geriatric population such as arthritis, balance, muscle and strength loss, post-rehab, and flexibility. When starting a fitness program, choose low impact and/or water workouts such as swimming, biking, or yoga

Here are a few exercise ideas to get started, along with the pros and cons of each.

Senior Exercise Ideas




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