Characteristics of a Healthy, Fit Adult: Do you have all of them?

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This article was edited and updated on December 22, 2021.

As a fitness instructor of older adults, and being in that category myself at age 76, I am aware of my participants' various health issues and the daily challenges they face. Most of us who exercise at this age are simply trying to make it through another year in the best health possible. It is quality of life that we hope to maintain. Over time, it becomes more obvious who seems to be the healthiest and fittest and who seems to sabotage their own success....and why. 2

This is not based on research or a study. This is just my observations after teaching fitness for sixteen years. In no particular order, then, here are the twelve characteristics of a healthy and fit adult which I most commonly see within my regular and persistent fitness class participants.

1: Has a Routine (and tends to stick to it!)

2: Is Curious

3: Sees a doctor when Needed

4: Studies and Learns

5: Listens to the advice of professionals

6: Eats a healthy diet

7: Has a Positive, Balanced Outlook

8: Exercises correctly, regularly, and consistently

9: Avoids fads

10: Doesn't smoke and Drinks responsibly, if at all

11: Gets enough sleep

12: Gets Dental and Eye care

None of these characteristics comes easily and without effort, but they can and should be cultivated by anyone who wants to be healthier and fitter. A certain amount of determination is required to establish new boundaries for yourself and then live up to them.

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I am a BCRPA-certified fitness instructor in Vancouver, BC. I teach four classes at the West End Community Centre in Vancouver, BC, mostly designed for the older adult. The Inevitable Disclaimer: Everything published here expresses only my opinion, based on my training and research. What you do with the information is entirely your own responsibility. I am not liable for any injury you suffer that seems to be related to anything you read here. Always consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program. For other articles, return to the table of contents.

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  2. For more information on why seniors exercise see this article: Aging and Activity↩︎