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By Fitness Together
| May 13, 2019
Regardless of one’s age, the benefits of exercise are numerous and well documented. However, as we age and approach our senior years, fitness becomes a crucial component to longevity and quality of life. National Senior Health & Fitness Day is an annual event that takes place on the last Wednesday of May, and focuses on creating opportunities to connect seniors to fitness.
Regular exercise can help improve mental health and memory, stability and balance, and strength and energy; while simultaneously helping decrease the risks associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Fitness and exercise are key for seniors who want to enjoy their retirement years with vibrance and good health.
In observance of National Senior Health & Fitness Day on May 29, 2019, over 100,000 older adults will participate in physical activity at more than 1,000 locations throughout the U.S. and be connected with opportunities to begin a fitness routine.
Certified personal trainer and Fitness Together® franchisee Dan Goulet has helped numerous older adults successfully begin and maintain a fitness program at his studio in Medfield. Goulet has three key tips to help those who want to take control of their health and begin a fitness routine, either during the May 29 event or on their own timing. Goulet’s tips include the following:
Every movement matters. Physical activity does not need to be complicated to be effective. An average workout performed consistently is better than the “perfect” one that you do not complete. Activity can be as simple as taking a walk or jog around Boston Common each evening, or making appointments a few times a week to work out with a personal trainer who can customize a program that works for your fitness level.
Just get started and try not to be overwhelmed with the many available options. Start small with getting in more steps and progress from there. Strive for physical activity every day and incorporate activities that you find enjoyable.
Often, the most difficult part of beginning and maintaining a fitness program is finding the ongoing motivation to push through those days that you don’t want to work out. An accountability partner can help with just that. Whether your accountability partner is a walking buddy or a personal trainer that you schedule appointments with—having “your person,” who’s committed to showing up with you, will help you find the motivation on those “off days” and help you follow through even when you’re not feeling your most motivated or at your best.
The journey to a healthier, happier, and more active life is available to all who pursue it, regardless of age. So, get up, get out, and get active for the 26th annual Senior Health and Fitness Day. If you are looking for a personal trainer to help you get started, try reaching out to Fitness Together®, Boston’s largest one-on-one, private personal training franchise. There are over 40 convenient Fitness Together® studios in the Boston-area, and you can easily find the location nearest to you at ftboston.com.