The importance of physical fitness for senior citizens

Balance exercises help to maintain or improve standing and stability under a variety of conditions. It can help to reduce the risk of falling. Try standing on one foot while balancing and hold it for two seconds before returning to your start position and repeating on the other side. Hold onto a stable object if you need a little assistance.

Strength training helps to build muscle strength by using body weight, hand weights, machines, or bands. It helps to prevent the loss of bone mass, and helps to improve balance. Incorporating strength training into your weekly exercise routine can help make day to day activities like opening a jar or getting in and out of a car and lifting objects easier.

Flexibility exercises challenge the joint's ability to move freely through a full range of motion. It helps you to stay limber and improve your range of motion for ordinary physical activities such as tying your shoes, washing your hair, or playing with your grandchildren.

I have seen first hand in my clients the benefits of exercising and healthy aging. With a proper exercise program you will improve your quality of life, feel stronger, and more confident. Contact me for more information about my Senior Fitness Class.

Corinna Maggy is the owner of Corinna Maggy Fitness Consulting, and Women On Weights, a health and fitness program developed specifically for women. She can be reached at 605-3549 or by e-mail at corinnamaggy@yahoo.com.

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