Published: Sep 21, 2012 6:27 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 21, 2012 10:44 AM EDT

As 10,000 baby boomers a day turn 65, the fitness industry is experiencing a wave of seniors interested in getting more active. Getting older can be tough, especially on the body, and evidence shows that regular exercise can delay or even prevent many age-related ailments and drastically improve your quality of life.Wink News Fitness Mike Drumm is here today with his Senior Fitness tips on where to start, and the keys to staying strong, energetic, and healthy as you get older.
You’re never too old to start exercising! Yet many seniors feel discouraged by fitness, or maybe an ongoing health problem or disability is keeping you from getting active. The fact is, older adults who exercise regularly tend not only to be stronger and have better balance and coordination, but are also better able to manage the sorts of daily chores that allow them to remain independent. Not only is exercise good for your body, it’s also good for your mind, mood, and memory. Perhaps you think you’re too old or frail, but the truth is that you can’t afford NOT to get moving. Here are some other common myths about senior exercise:
Myths about Exercise and Older Adults
Myth: There’s no point, I’m going to get old anyway.
·         Fact: Exercise and strength training helps you look and feel younger and stay active longer. Regular physical activity lowers your risk for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure, and obesity.
 
Myth: Elderly people shouldn’t exercise, they should rest.
·         Fact: Research shows that a sedentary lifestyle is unhealthy for the elderly. Period. Inactivity often causes seniors to lose the ability to do things on their own and can lead to more hospitalizations, doctor visits, and use of medicines for illnesses.
 
Myth: Exercise puts me at risk of falling down.
·         Fact: Regular exercise, by building strength and stamina, prevents loss of bone mass and improves balance, actually reducing your risk of falling.
 
Myth: I’m disabled. I can’t exercise sitting down.
·         Fact: Chair-bound people face special challenges but can lift light weights, stretch, and do chair aerobics to increase range of motion, improve muscle tone, and promote cardiovascular health.
SILVER SNEAKERS
Enrollment in senior fitness programs is up with the most popular being the SilverSneakers® Fitness Program that is offered by leading Medicare health plans and Medicare Supplement carriers throughout the country. This great benefit includes: 
A basic fitness membership at any participating location
A trained  Advisor to show you around the location and help you get started 
customized SilverSneakers classes designed exclusively for older adults who want to improve their strength, flexibility, balance and endurance The first step is to find out if your health plan carrier offers SilverSneakers
www.SilverSneakers.com
OR
Call 1-888-423-4632
OR
Call MIKE directly at 239-561-1177 ext. 202·         Expect to have fun!
·         Wear comfortable clothing and rubber-soled shoes.
·         Talk to one of the friendly staff at the front desk. They’ll help you enroll, give you a class schedule and familiarize you with the equipment.
·         Locations are wheelchair accessible.
·         Even if you don’t qualify for the program, you can still attend the classes as a guest or member of the health club.
 
SilverSneakers CLASSES!
The classes are designed specifically for older adults and taught by specially trained instructors.
 
·         Muscular Strength & Range of Movement using Hand-held weights for resistance and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support.
 
·         Cardio Circuit Combines fun with fitness to increase your cardiovascular and muscular endurance power with a standing circuit workout.
 
·         YogaStretch will move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement.
 
SOME FLORIDA PLANS:


AARP MedicareComplete® by UnitedHealthcare
Amerigroup
AvMed
Citrus Health Care (CHC)
Florida Health Care Plus
Humana
Physicians United Plan (PUP)
Universal Health Care
WellCare