So, you’ve been thinking about joining a gym or community center and enrolling in some fitness classes. That’s awesome, since staying active is a huge part of maintaining your health the older you get.
Many places even have specialized classes just for seniors, which means they’ll be somewhat customized to suit older individuals. It also means you’ll be able to meet other like-minded seniors, so it’s great for social reasons as well.
Now, the question is simply what class(es) to take. Here are a few that we think are not just good for your health but also entertaining and fun. Because, let’s be honest, if you don’t enjoy your workout class, you won’t stick with it.
1. Swimming / Aqua-Aerobics
If you can find a gym, community, or athletic center with a pool, you’re in luck. Not only is swimming great exercise, it also puts less stress on your joints and bones than other workouts. So, if you have joint pain, osteoporosis, arthritis, or a bad hip, you can still enjoy a water-based workout.
Plus, water aerobics can be super fun, too. Even if you’re not a strong swimmer, there are still plenty of exercises you can do in the pool.
2. Yoga or Pilates
If you’re looking for a low-impact workout that can help build strength and balance, consider yoga or Pilates. These can both improve flexibility and mobility as well as your stability. Plus, these classes often have a calming, zen-like atmosphere as well.
So, if you’re not into the boisterous atmosphere of regular or water-based classes, these are good, alternative options.
3. Zumba Gold
Perhaps you’ve heard of Zumba and feel like dance fitness could be a lot of fun. However, you may also be concerned about the intensity of the class. That’s why there’s Zumba Gold.
Ideal for active older adults, Zumba Gold is a modified version of the class that utilizes similar moves. It’s still got the Zumba choreography, it’s just less intense.