This week, I want to write about why I feel truly privileged to teach fitness classes to older adults. I find that teaching fitness and exercises classes to older adults is a highly rewarding experience – I love the range of interesting personalities that I get to encounter. The goal of older adults who are attending my classes is to stay fit and healthy as they age. Their motivation for getting fit is so they can remain independent and continue to look after themselves as they age. Exercise is a key component in being able to remain healthy, and therefore independent, which is where I come into the picture, as an older adult fitness instructor.
The main motivations of the older generation for exercising are general health, functional fitness, and weight loss. For seniors, it is not about high-intensity exercises or competitive exercise – I am not aware of any older adult Crossfit classes! Additionally, exercises classes and sessions are an excellent way to maintain social contacts and interaction.
Especially as many older adults live on their own, it is easy to feel socially isolated and alone. Getting out to exercise classes is not only a great way to meet new people, your absence or presence in class is always noticed! Plus, you have the added benefit of keeping mentally active when you exercise and socialize with your group and class. For this reason, going to exercise class can become a high point of the week for older adults to look forward to.
As an older adult fitness instructor, I am providing a valuable service to people that have already made a valuable and worthy contribution to society – accordingly they deserve to feel their best in their senior years!