Ageing is not a limitation on exercising, it is simply another criteria to consider in our search for safe, functional and sustainable movement programs.
Of course you can exercise and stay in shape as you get older.
Of course you can try new programs or different types of exercise.
And, of course there are going to be some things that common sense would suggest are better to do than others.
So where do you go to get the lowdown on the best exercise for older adults?
That’s easy, take a look in the mirror.
The best person to advise you on the exercise you should do is you.
You know what you love and you know what feels good, so use this as a guide to build and maintain your exercise routine. It doesn’t have to be a formal sport..It might be gardening, bird watching in nature or tap dancing. Your body has a movement memory and it is very satisfying to tap into the skills you have already learned and the things you have already achieved. You can use these as a basis to further your skills in this area, or kick back and just enjoy moving in a way that is comfortable and familiar. There is no need to change it up unless it is causing you physical pain or injury, and if that is the case then it is time to rethink your approach. Which brings us to thinking outside the square…
Modifications make the movement you love possible.
No one says you have to stop exercising as you get older. We prefer to offer creative adjustments to keep you doing more of what you love.
If you used to love running, try walking with the inclusion of small bursts of ‘speed’ walking where you increase the pace for a short period of time at regular intervals. You could also add arm swings or longer strides into your walking for extra energy expenditure and to get the heart rate up.
If gymnastics or rock climbing was your thing in the past then look to exercise styles that demand a strong mind body connection. You could try Yoga or genttle Calisthenics. These could provide a flexibility-increasing and strengthening alternative that might satisfy your yearning for extending your limbs.
Marisa, Owner of Just Believe Fit studio and the Exercise Consultant/Program Developer for the successful Bowls Australia Roll Back the Clock initiative, says the key is: “Don’t focus on what you can’t do, think about what you can!”
Safety and common sense should always prevail so we recommend checking in with your GP or Physical Therapist if you are thinking of embarking on a new style of exercise.
Try the Just Believe Fit classes perfect for Mature Movers. Experience the ‘just right’ classes and welcoming non-judgemental environment Just Believe Fit offers. Whether in our Thornbury studio, or via Zoom or video online, we guarantee you’ll find something perfect