Nowadays, there is hardly a sports studio, club or church community that does not offer special courses for the 60 Plus generation. From "Zumba Gold" and "Step Aerobics Senior" to "Back Fit into Old Age" and "Seated Gymnastics," every age group, every preference and every fitness level is catered for.
And that's a good thing, because word has spread to the deepest hinterland: People who exercise regularly not only stay independent longer and manage their daily lives better, but sports relaxes them, makes them happy and keeps them mentally fit.
Another reason why courses for seniors are becoming increasingly popular is the social contacts that often develop from such courses. Many a friendship has been formed here and even one or two love stories have begun in gymnastics classes.
In times of hectic, stress and deadline pressure, when family members, relatives and friends have less and less time for visits, conversations and coffee dates, a community of like-minded people is a valuable companion in life, which often offers not only exercise but also social get-togethers, excursions and celebrations.
Doctors are also pleased with the wave of exercise that has taken hold of our seniors. The courses, which should be led by an exercise instructor specially trained for seniors, create more strength in everyday life, mobility and balance through well-dosed, perfectly coordinated exercises that are easy on the joints. This whole-body training can not only often help prevent falls, but also provide relief from arthritis and back problems.