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Finding your aging fitness niche – it is not all or nothing

February 27, 2013

When it comes to starting, or even getting on board with a fitness program you need to look at it with a goal in mind.  Without a specific goal it is easy to get overwhelmed making it hard to start or keep at it.

When you have too many areas to address it is easy to get lost in the work, make lots of progress in one area and not much in another. If you see areas with little or no progress is can tend to be discouraging even though other areas are doing great.

For seniors, it becomes harder.  Having less energy to begin it is easy to tire out before making a whole “circuit” which can again lead to discouragement.

So what is a person to do?

My suggestion is to take one step at a time.  For example, in aging seniors I would focus on let strength to build a solid base of leg, hip and core support for balance.  Next I would move to working on the hands to maintain strength and flexibility.  When one piece is making progress, move on to the next with steady progression.

Basically, look at your personal goals and needs and work on what you need first to be able to do the things you want.  And, keep in mind that the sooner you start to act on the plan with exercise the sooner you will see improvements.

The longer you wait to further you need to come back from, so of course, the longer the road back will be.  

And remember, if you have physical issues, check with your doctor before starting anything rash just to make sure you don’t create problems while working to solve them.

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