Who am I to throw a ‘Stay Fit Seniors’ challenge? Well, it’s not about who I am as much as why I am doing this. Over the past couple of years, we have been exposed to (directly or indirectly) some pretty amazing and inspiring seniors who have not just taken up fitness as a challenge but made it their way of life after retirement. Be it our very own Samsara Living member – 86 year old Bylahalli Raghunath Janardan, a regular in the marathon circuits both in India as well as abroad, or this Dehradun couple in their 60s (Kamal Jeet Singh, 68, and Vishav Dhiman, 64) who took to cycling just two years ago and today cycle on an average of 35 kms a day!
Sometimes it gets me wondering how fit we would be as we age. As I was thinking about this, I felt it might be motivational for our generation to age gracefully and stay fit as we age if we have more seniors inspiring each other to start with and through transference inspire our generation as well as generations to come. So here goes, I put my head to it, did some research on simple yet effective ways for seniors to stay fit. Once you get onto a fitness schedule, I am certain you will be able to take on a newer fitness challenge every month.
If you have never really been that active, but would like to start now the most important term to remember is “low-impact”. This means the exercises you chose to start with should not subject your lower body to too much shock or force. Here are three low-impact workout ideas and ‘Stay Fit Seniors’ challenge to go with each one to get you started:
If this is your choice, here’s your ‘Stay Fit Seniors’ challenge #walk30min100days- 30 minutes of walking every day for the next 100 days. Follow your own pace and keep track of the distance you walk (if you are not using a treadmill e.g. you might do two rounds around the park in 30 minutes to start with, you need to then slowly increase the number of rounds as each week goes by in the same 30 minutes)
If this is your choice, here’s your ‘Stay Fit Seniors’ challenge #yoga15to60min100days- Start with 15 minutes of yoga every day. Increase this gradually depending on how you feel and aim for 60 minutes of yoga every day.
If you prefer this form of exercise to stay fit, here is a ‘Stay Fit Seniors’ challenge for you #H2Omorn2eve100days- Your challenge is to start with some basic jogging and leg lifts in the water once a day. Move this up to twice a day and introduce one new exercise every two weeks.
NOW FOR SOME PRACTICAL POINTS TO REMEMBER BEFORE YOU TAKE ON ANY OF THESE CHALLENGES:
All set to take on a one of the three ‘Stay Fit Seniors’ challenge? Go ahead and keep us updated on your progress. Post photo updates, just text messages or any other way so others can also get motivated in our community! Enjoy your road to fitness…
Here’s a quick way to remember the three ‘Stay Fit Seniors’ challenges:
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