Why fitness now?  

Life expectancy has increased from 47 years of age in 1900 to 76 years in 1996. The number of people 65 years or older is predicted to increase to 69 million by 2030.

It has been proven that seniors who exercise regularly enjoy better overall health than those who don't and regular exercise is associated with reduced risk of disability and dependence.

Benefits of exercise include: 1) increased strength, endurance, balance and flexibility 2) lowering of resting blood pressure, decreased risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and certain cancers 3) and last, but very important, regular exercise causes a reduction in the number of falls in older people.

Fitness programs designed for older adults can be found in some gyms, fitness centers, churches, community centers or senior centers. You can hire a personal trainer who will come to your home, or you can also join a mall walking club if the South Florida heat is too much for you. Swimming and water workouts are wonderful ways to get get healthy without putting any stress on your back or joints. Perfect for our Florida climate.

Look for ways to burn calories throughout the day. Walk whenever you can, take the stairs instead of an elevator, walk three times around your yard and back or do sit-ups in front of TV. Try standing on one foot while brushing your teeth to improve your balance.

Don’t make it too complicated. Just get moving.

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Sibyl Adams, Seniority Matters’ featured fitness blogger, has spent three decades in the health and fitness field. She began competing in local body building events in 1980, and by 1983, she was second in her weight class in the International Arm Wresting Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica. Sibyl remained active in the body-building scene for more than a decade, while also teaching aerobics and running races. She retired from body building in 1990, but continued running competitively until 2004, when she suffered an ankle injury.

Today, Sibyl works full-time as a personal fitness trainer and is president of her own company, A Personal Touch Fitness. She is a certified Reiki master, a National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) Certified Trainer, and is currently pursuing a certification in yoga. She enjoys swimming, power-walking and playing with her grandchildren.

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