Fitness for the Older Adult A Table of Contents of Articles about Fitness

How it all began

After retirement from 32 years of public school teaching, at the age of 57, I started exercising for my own well being and found that I wanted to impart my knowledge to others. It took a year to earn my qualifications: several courses and a pretty tough exam from the British Columbia Parks and Recreation Association. Plus, I’m expected to update my qualifications every two years, including CPR and First Aid. I have also had special training in teaching Older Adults and Adapted Fit. Today, at 72 , I continue to teach four classes a week.

The Classes I currently Teach

Light Fit is a fitness class created by myself to encourage people of any age (though the emphasis is on the older adult) to get active: 10-15 minutes of warm-up, then 30 minutes of a mixture of cardio and strength-training and balance exercises, ending with 10-15 minutes of flexibility and breathing exercises. If you have been away from exercise, had a recent injury, or you are just starting to exercise, you should find this class a good one to start with; however, many of my participants like the class so much that they remain as regular participants. It meets from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street, in Vancouver, BC.

Adapted Fit is a fitness class for seniors (usually 55 and older) who may have a disability or other condition(s) which means that their exercises must be slightly modified. The class participants sit in a chair (and a few choose to sit on a coredisc or a utility ball). We occasionally stand up for some activities. It meets three days a week — Monday, Wednesday, and Friday — also at the West End Community Centre and also at 11:00 a.m. I teach the Monday and Friday classes.

As a fitness instructor, I enjoy providing my participants with articles on various topics. Check out the articles below and see what interests you.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Exercise and Health

Exercise and Its Benefits for Various Health Conditions

General Health and Social Issues for the Older Adult

Fitness Class Issues

Systems of the Body

The Cardiovascular System

The Digestive System

The Endocrine System

The Fascial System

The Immune System

The Muscular System

The Nervous System

The Respiratory System

The Skeletal System

Book Reviews

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.

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