Fitness For Seniors – What Seniors Should Take Care Of

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Periodically we allow FitSW users to submit guest blog posts.  Today’s guest blog post is by Wendy D who discusses Fitness For Seniors and what seniors should take care of when it comes to fitness and health:

It’s never too old to get in shape. As seniors age, many fall into the mindset that they should be cutting back on their physical activity levels. This is a mistake and one that leads to many health risks. While many seniors worry about pain, weight gain, or injuring themselves, that shouldn’t hold them back from living an active lifestyle.

Getting active is the best way to stay healthy as you enter your golden years. Not only is a higher activity shown to increase energy levels, but it will protect your heart and keep your weight in check. Your health is your most valuable asset, so don’t lose it to a sedentary lifestyle! Here’s what you need to focus on when it comes to your fitness as you age and how a personal trainer can help you.

 

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Getting active is the best way to stay healthy during the golden years

Finding Health Insurance

Your first step to health and fitness as you age is to create a plan for health insurance coverage. WIthout health insurance, you’re always one mistake away from a financial and health catastrophe. Whether you find insurance under the federal program Medicare, designed specifically for those 65 and older, or you opt for a private plan, make sure you’re prepared for anything. Learn here from overview of each of the parts which of the 4 plans is most suitable for you and how to get the best health coverage for your needs so you can make your health a priority.

The best way to prepare is to prepare early. Medicare enrollment starts a few months before your 65th birthday and continues a few months after. If you miss this enrollment period, you’re subject to fees and other complications. Don’t delay when it comes to your own health insurance.

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Fitness for Seniors

A British study reveals that seniors who study for at least 3 hours a week are more likely to live longer. Yet, so many aging people still avoid things like strength training, cardio, and aerobics. This sedentary lifestyle shortens your lifespan and wrecks your quality of life. If you want to be fit, you don’t have to commit to an over the top fitness routine. Instead, look at these easy ways to stay in shape as you age.

Swimming

Swimming has long been the best full-body workout you can do for your own health. It’s perfect for all bodies, but especially for seniors since it’s easy on your muscles and joints. You can do a water aerobics class, swim laps or even just spend time in the water. As long as you’re moving, you’re staying active.

Yoga

Another option for seniors is yoga. While this is a more holistic approach to fitness, yoga is a great way to build muscle strength, work on your balance, and maintain mobility, all important things as you age. Like swimming, yoga is low impact. It’s a gentle way to get moving every day, and it’s easy to get started.

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Yoga is a great low impact activity for seniors.

Bodyweight Training

Severe muscle loss is a serious issue as you age. The best way to combat this is to regularly work with your bodyweight to train strength back into those tired muscles. You don’t need to lift anything crazy to feel the effects, and it’s perfectly acceptable to start small with exercises like squats, single-leg stands, and stair climbing.  A personal trainer is the perfect person to guide you.

Beware of Injury

While staying active is a must, you also need to be vigilant about preventing injury. Common injuries for seniors include broken bones, torn tendons, and sprains. While most injuries are minor, it’s best to avoid them if possible.

Here are some valuable tips for staying safe while you get active:

  • Always talk to your doctor before beginning a new routine.
  • Don’t just do one activity. Instead, find a balanced exercise plan that strengthens your whole body. A personal trainer can really help here.
  • Always warm up and cool down before and after your activity.
  • Work out regularly to avoid stiff muscles.
  • Listen to your body and don’t push yourself too far.  Personal trainers can develop plans that work your muscles the right amount.

A little bit of self-awareness goes a long way in the fitness world. It’s okay to start small and to build your plan as you gain confidence. Never push your body harder than it can go, and seek medical help immediately if you notice a problem.

Staying Healthy

We all want to live long, healthy lives. With an active lifestyle, it’s completely possible to maintain fitness for seniors. Don’t succumb to a sedentary lifestyle as you age. Get out there and enjoy the best life has to offer, whether that means taking yoga classes are going for a walk every day. Even small steps equal great strides for your health.

Organizing Workouts and Diets iOS App Sorting

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Organizing Workouts and Diets iOS App Sorting

Our latest iOS app helps Personal Trainers and their clients with organizing workouts and diets by allowing them to sort their workout (or diet) list.  Users can sort lists by Date Ascending, Date Descending, Name A to Z, or Name Z to A.  This makes it very easy for personal trainer and their clients to find whatever workout they are looking for.  To make it easier to stay organized, the iOS app remembers the last setting so that if a trainer likes their workouts, diets or tasks listed a certain way they can keep it that way.

Organizing Workouts Diets Tasks iOS App Sorting View
Trainers and clients can sort their workouts, diets, and tasks to make it easier to find specific events.

Changing the Sort Order of Workouts, Diets and Tasks

To change the sort order of events, users can tap on the “Sort by …” button highlighted in red above.  This will bring up a menu for users to select the particular type of sorting they would prefer.   Personal trainers and clients can choose Sort by Date Descending, Sort by Date Ascending, Sort by Name A-Z, or sort by Name Z-A.  The app will save the selection a user chooses for the next time they pull up that same screen.

Workouts, Diets, and Tasks all have this feature making organizing workouts and diets and tasks easy.  The settings for each event type is saved independently.   So a user could sort Workouts by Ascending Date, Diets by Name A-Z, and Tasks by Descending Date.   The system would save the settings for each screen separately.

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Choose from four different ways to sort Workouts, Tasks and Diets. Sort by Date Descending, Date Ascending, Name A-Z, Name Z-A.

This same sorting feature is already available on the web application at FitSW.com and is coming this month to our Android app.

 

Fitness Tracker Devices Review

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Several of our FitSW.com users utilize fitness tracker devices themselves or have clients that use them.  We feel that they can be very helpful in providing meaningful fitness data, so we have begun looking into ways to integrate the data from them into our platform.  We have been exploring what’s out there and done a lot of research into the features of many of these devices.  As we have done this we have come across a few guides that may be helpful to you if you are looking for fitness tracker devices for yourself or to recommend to clients and so we decided to share.

This guide to fitness tracker devices may help identify the best one that addresses your particular needs. Researchers set out to find the devices that offered the most bang for their buck – and this doesn’t necessarily just mean the fitness tracker loaded with the most features. As they point out in their article: “The more sensors and tracking capabilities you cram into a device the size of a wristwatch, the more it’s going to cost you.” And everyone doesn’t need the most extensive specs list – for example, a lot of us can afford to skip out on the GPS component.

So, the researchers took their initial list of 87 fitness trackers and placed them in three sub-categories:

  1. Basic fitness trackers
    1. Count steps taken
    2. Calculate distance traveled
    3. Ideal for tracking distance-based workouts (walking, running, etc.)
  2. Heart rate monitoring trackers
    1. All of the above + monitoring heart rate
    2. Ideal for those wanting to log calories burned
  3. Heart rate monitoring trackers with GPS
    1. All of the above + tracking position by satellite
    2. Ideal for those wanting to log distances outsides (cyclists, trail runners, etc.)

The team wanted to ensure they hand-tested top contenders, so they pared down their list by selecting only the most popular and highly reviewed models from the four most renowned fitness manufacturers: Fitbit, Garmin, TomTom, and iFit.

After testing for finalists for their consistency in data collection, style, and partner apps – among other variables – they landed on three recommendations:

  1. Best Fitness Tracker Under $100: Garmin Vivofit 3
  2. Best Heart Rate Monitoring Fitness Tracker: Fitbit Charge 2
  3. Best Heart Rate Monitoring and GPS Fitness Tracker: Garmin Vívosmart HR+

Check out the full resource here: https://www.reviews.com/fitness-tracker/