Exercise for the aging population? Yes, it's highly beneficial! Exercise has been shown to:
Lower risk of falls
Improve your mental health;
Promote social ties;
Improve cognitive function.
But what exercises should this demographic do? That depends entirely on the person exercising! Many individuals in their 50s and up are taking high energy dance classes, participating in TRX and weight training classes and running marathons. It depends on how active you are and have been during your life. However, it is never too late to start exercising. A study at the University of Birmingham showed that "Older people who have never taken part in sustained exercise programs have the same ability to build muscle mass as highly trained master athletes of a similar age, according to new research."
Some examples of important training for new exercisers in the older demographic are:
Weight or strength training to help build muscle mass
Cardio dance classes
Fit Chix offers many classes that can benefit this demographic: Barre, Line Dancing, Speedball, Piyo, Cardio Chix, Piloxing, Zumba, Pound. All can be modified or done seated in a chair. Also in the works is an adult Silver Sneakers Classic class at Fit Chix. It is never too late to start exercising or to feel young while doing it! Always check with your physican before exercising.
Act your age? . . . . You can be whatever age you want! Signed The Chix!