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Fit at 40, 50, 60, 70 and Beyond

Beat the aging process by staying active and feeling younger than your years.

Fitness Focus

Pitfalls

Tips

Classes

40s

GOOD POSTURE

Building strong muscles and good posture

As your metabolism slows, it gets easier to gain weight and harder to loss it. Years of hunching over your desk or slouching on the couch add up to bad posture habits that strain your neck and spinal muscles.

Strength training is no longer optional. While sedentary people los lean muscle mass as they age, strength training builds muscle and boosts a flagging metabolism. You’ll burn more calories even at rest.

Strength training promotes good posture and eases wear and tear on your joints. The strong you muscles are, the less you rely on you joints to keep you erect.

Align The Spine
Eliminate back pain and stiffness, improve posture, and free mobility, doing gentle floor exercises using the Feldenkrais Method®.

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50s

FOCUS ON FLEXIBILITY

Focus on flexibility and manage menopause

You get less flexible as you age. Joints, ligaments and the tissue surrounding muscle fiber become less elastic. For women, menopausal symptoms may discourage you from staying active.

To improve and maintain flexibility, make stretching a regular part of you daily activities. Consider a structured program, such as yoga or Pilates. Flexibility helps reduce muscle tension, improve coordination, prevent injuries, develop body awareness and even promote good circulation.

After menopause, don’t give up on fitness. Exercise is essential for a fit, firm and healthy body. It can help mitigate most menopausal symptoms, including headaches, hot flashes, irritability and insomnia.

Mat Pilates
A dynamic class which focuses on strengthening core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine.

Yoga Basics
Harmonize body, mind and spirit through gentle stretching exercises, breathing techniques, and guided relaxation.

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60s

Stay strong and consistent

While women get an earlier start at losing muscle mass, men join the club by their 60s.

Dropping out of exercise, even for short periods, takes a quick toll on you quality of life.

Strength training remains important to build and maintain muscle, promoting weight management and stamina.

At least two days a week, you should do cardio activities that are weight bearing. This includes walking or any activity in which you stand and bear your weight. Strength training and weigh-bearing exercise promote healthy bone density and reduce the risk of fractures.

To continue to feel younger, you need to commit to regular exercise.

Senior Muscle Strengthening
Learn correct, safe techniques for strengthening your upper and lower body using flexible exercise bands.

Dance Your Way To A Healthy Heart
Get your aerobic workout learning the latest Latin, Western Line & Swing dance steps.

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70s

Build your balance and function fitness

A habit of inactivity can convince some people that it’s too late to get fit.

One third of people over the age of 65 fall at least once each year. Falls often lead to a vicious cycle: a fall results in decreased activity, which reduces stability, increasing the chance of falling again.

Concentrate on exercises that improve and maintain your range of motion, lubricate the joints and keep muscles flexible.

You will find your everyday activities easier to carry out and you’ll have less pain, too. Your confidence, independence and surefootedness will increase.

Doing exercises that promote good balance will make you less likely to fall.

Fall Prevention and Balance Improvement
Participants will be introduced to several different disciplines that can assist them in long-term improvement of balance skills.

Stretching For Better Balance
This fun workout is designed to help increase flexibility and mobility to help prevent injuries.

T'ai Chi
Improve balance and coordination through practicing these slow, rhythmic exercises, which inspire physical and mental well-being.

Mindful Exercises >>

If you’re not already active, consult your healthcare provider before you jump in. Then give the tips above a chance.

Move It

Whatever your age, staying active and physically fit are the keys to continued health. Torrance Memorial’s HealthLink resource center has everything you need to get moving, including fitness books and DVDs, equipment and exercise classes. Call 310-517-4711 for more information.

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