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How exercise improves lives over 65

We’ve all heard the saying "you can’t teach an old dog new tricks", but when it comes to fitness, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Exercising later in life not only decreases your risk of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure and obesity, but it increases your quality of life, energy level, confidence and much more.

Studies show that a sedentary 65 year old with early signs of arthritis, elevated blood pressure and fatigue can reverse all signs by starting a program of cardiovascular exercise just 20-30 min, 4-5 days a week. That coupled with strength work can help ensure other ailments don’t affect your health.

Besides the benefits already mentioned others include: better quality of sleep, social interaction at the gym, improved balance and coordination, mental stimulation and a stronger immune system. And in later years having your mobility and independence will be a bonus!

Many seniors use fatigue as a reason not to exercise. In truth, regular exercise boosts energy. You can try a variety of exercises to find one that fits your lifestyle and interests. Consider walking, yoga, tai chi or Pilates for starters.

No matter what type of exercise you choose, make sure you check with a medical professional before starting a program.