5 Ways You Can Regain Your Active Lifestyle

5 Ways You Can Regain Your Active Lifestyle And Say, “I Never Thought I’d Be Able To Do This Again!”

Staying active and fit isn’t just for younger people.

A high quality senior living community should focus on helping you achieve an active lifestyle, no matter what your age. Facility amenities like spas, fully equipped gyms, pools and exercise classrooms; and clinical staff including speech, occupational and physical therapists and certified fitness trainers should work together to get you to where you want to be.

So this month, in honor of National Senior Health and Fitness Day – the largest health and wellness movement for seniors in the US – we’re providing 5 ways you can regain your active lifestyle, no matter your age.

And we’re giving a shout out to the people who help you do that –– fitness trainers like Lisa Brudvik.


Nurturing an Active Lifestyle for All Levels of Resident/Patient Care

Lisa is a great example of the caliber of our AgeSTRONG concierge wellness and rehabilitation team. How does that work? For independent living and assisted living residents, Lisa’s team helps maintain residents’ independence. They create personalized plans to prevent injury or illness.

For patients in post-acute rehab settings, who have previously enjoyed activities such as skiing, cycling, skydiving, hiking – and yes, we’ve even had some race car drivers – Lisa and her team help get them back on their feet and write new chapters of adventures.


Experience Matters

Lisa’s clients at Marquis independent and assisted living facilities benefit from her training as a women’s triathletes coach, personal fitness trainer, her degree in exercise physiology and clinical internship at Duke University. Lisa is also a certified instructor for SAIL—Stay Active and Independent for Life balance program that’s proven to reduce risk of falls and improve quality of life for seniors.

That level of experience is why our on-site fitness trainers are often told by clients: “I never thought I’d be able to do this again!”


Whole Person Wellness

“Our fitness training teams work together with other clinical professionals to focus on wellness of the whole person,” says Lisa. “It’s all connected –– your sleep, nutrition, exercise, motivation, mental health. With a customized fitness plan, you can regain the ability to do the things you love. And you can have fun at the same time!”

Ready to begin?

Here are 5 ways you can regain your active lifestyle, complete with YouTube videos to guide you through. Remember to always check with your physician before starting any exercise program.


#1 Yes To Yoga

Flexibility, low impact, joint friendly, stress reducer, mind-body connection. What’s not to like about Yoga. Get your Zen on with these exercises. Namaste!

#2 Tai Chi Toning:  Just like the ancient Chinese martial artists, you too can achieve inner calm, balance and flexibility with this “dance between the mind and body.”

#3 Walk Your Talk: You say you want to get fit? Then start walking. Your legs are two of the best  pieces of exercise equipment to use, even if you’re just walking around your home.  

#4 Make A Splash:  Get inspired by an old Esther Williams movie then find yourself a water aerobics class or check out these videos. Make waves with a low impact resistance/strengthening and aerobic workout, with zero risk of falling.

#5 Muscle Up: You lose muscle mass as you age, but you’re never too old to add strength/resistance training to your fitness journey.

Another excellent resource is the full body workouts with Miranda Esmonde-White on YouTube. The fitness trainer, NY Times bestselling author and former ballerina, also has a fitness show on PBS called Classical Stretch.

Again, remember to consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.


In Conclusion:

We all know that exercise can help prevent the conditions that can derail our best life: cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, anxiety and depression, dementia and falls. So why not start writing your new chapter of fitness this month!

Visit the National Senior Health and Fitness Day website for more information, including local events, healthy eating tips and more exercise ideas.

View our care options for more on our nationally recognized continuum of care for seniors.