How to Stay Fit Into Your 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s
I believe that age is just a number. I have come to believe this by working with so many dynamic and active people in their 80s and 90s. These are people who are busy and active and fit and come to see us when there is some sort of issue that starts holding them back. And I have noticed that there are several things that all of these cases have in common.
Most are retired, but not really. What do I mean by this? They are engaged and have some sort of organization or duty that they are part of on a regular basis. For some, that is being a part of a volunteer or senior organization. For others it is helping to care for aging family members. For others it is being active in a fitness group like a hiking group or yoga class.
What all this means is that they have reasons to keep moving regularly. Most are fully retired, but have not gone the route of plopping on the couch, reading and staying at home. The folks that are vibrant are out and about consistently participating in activity. Ongoing inactivity is a silent thief of independence and vibrancy. Studies show that inactivity contributes to loss of strength, reduced balance reactions and increases in back and other joint pain!
The last period of time has been quite disruptive in maintaining some of those routines to stay engaged and active. I am concerned that there are many folks out there who are starting to fall prey to these silent thieves and don’t realize it. But, now is the time to start to redevelop those habits of being active. Here are some ways you can do it.
Join an exercise group- We know how much better it is to have a group of like minded people to exercise with. Folks who are like you (in their 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s) who want to stay healthy and independent for as long as they can. That is why we offer group fitness classes. We like the personal touch we can bring to our classes because we keep them small and we know you. We can help you participate and challenge yourself in just the right way to keep you moving like you want.
Don’t let an ache or pain keep you from starting:
It is easy to put off an injury or ache/pain and think it will get better on its own. You may want to blame things on arthritis or “just getting old”. But, when there is something going on that is holding you back, the best thing to do is get help quickly.. The prolonged act of waiting to see if it gets better often results in greater loss in movement and independence. That is what our PTs are for. We know how to listen to your story and look at your movement to figure out what is causing your pain and then we know the exercise and hands on treatment to provide to relieve it. So if you are wanting to get a better idea of what the problem is, schedule a call with one of our Physical Therapists.
We believe that it is possible for people to stay confident, healthy and moving long into their 80s and 90s and know that the sooner a person takes the steps to do this, the more confident and active they will be.
Do you know someone who is holding themselves back due to an ache or pain. Let them know that we are the folks that can help them fix that problem.