Fitness Over 50 – How Active Older Adults Can Stay Fit

Fitness Over 50 – How Active Older Adults can Stay Fit

As a fitness trainer, I work out a lot. And because I’ve been doing that for the past 20 years professionally, I can tell you that my body feels different at 50+ than it did at 30, or even 40. As we age, the joints begin to wear down, the impact and insults of time add up, and we tend to want to slow down, or even stop working out. But if you stop, you will lose muscle mass at an alarming rate, and your body will break down faster and be weaker. So how can we stay fit, while minimizing more wear and tear?

Spin Class at River Glen

Spin Class at River Glen


I LOVE Spinning! Spinning seems intimidating to many just starting out, but it’s one of the best classes to come to as a beginner! First, remember that you are ultimately in charge of your bike. The resistance and cadence are really up to you. The instructor will cue instructions throughout the class as far as what their intentions are for intensity, how you should feel, ranges for heart rate and so on, but ultimately, you choose your level. You can get a very intense workout that burns a lot of calories in a short amount of time, with little to no impact on your joints, making spinning a great choice across the board.

My classes: Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. at Elite-River Glen!

Fitness Over 50 - Muscle Conditioning

Muscle Conditioning

No matter what age you are, working on strength to keep or build muscle mass is crucial to your overall function going forward. A myriad of exercises can be employed to make your workout safe and effective. Loss of muscle mass with age (sarcopenia) kicks in as early as your 30’s! According to Web MD, physically inactive people can lose as much as 3% to 5% of their muscle mass each decade after age 30. You need to work on some form of strengthening for your muscles to stay functional and active.

My classes: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:10 a.m., and Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

Reformer Pilates Training

Reformer Pilates


It’s been around for almost 100 years, and it’s still a discipline that’s going strong! Originally called Contrology, it was created by Joseph Pilates. At its core, Pilates will create strength, flexibility, and functional movement. Mat classes are adaptable to your level (at least mine are!), and there are also options with regard to equipment, such as the reformer, chair, and barrel and ladder.

My classes: 8:15 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays; Reformer and other equipment by appointment in a private room. ($)

Fitness Over 50 - Yoga


Yoga can be one of the best exercises to keep your body pliable, helping you work out stiffness and tightness in the muscles. Finding the right class can be tricky, because often the classes are geared toward younger yogis. But there are a couple of classes at River Glen that work well for folks just looking for a good stretch: Sandy’s class, Monday and Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. I also teach Yoga, but by appointment privately or in small groups. Contact me for pricing and times!

As an older adult, you can remain active and youthful through exercise. Stick with it, it’s worth it!

Feel free to contact me for a FREE fitness consultation. I can help you decide what is right for your body, age, or health situation!

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Written by Melissa Abramovich, ACE CPT, NASM CGT, AAHFRP Medical Exercise Specialist at Elite Sports Club-River Glen

Melissa Abramovich went into Personal Training and Group Exercise instruction after successfully losing 140 pounds through healthy diet and exercise. Her desire to help others drove her forward into a career helping others to make healthier choices. She is an ACE certified personal trainer and now also a Medical Exercise Specialist (AAHFRP), helping clients with a myriad of health issues at Elite Sports Clubs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree, and many group exercise related certifications as well.

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