National Senior Health and Fitness Day is May 27th this year, and we at Griswold Home Care want to celebrate with you. This year’s theme is “If You Keep Moving…You’ll Keep Improving!” Learn how you and your loved one can get involved this year, then spark their motivation with a story about one of the most inspiringly active seniors in the nation!
What is National Senior Health and Fitness Day?
National Senior Health and Fitness Day is the largest annual health promotion event for older adults in the United States. Local hospitals, senior centers, banks, health clubs, and malls all collaborate to host events like senior fitness classes, costume contests, cake walks, and presentations from doctors and nurses on ways to improve senior health through exercise.
Not only do you get to enjoy the day, you also have great opportunity to get to know the senior fitness programs offered year-round in your community.
Senior Fitness Certification and the Senior Fitness Test
Did you know the International Sports Sciences Association has created a program for personal trainers that specializes in fitness for seniors? No need to worry about explaining how aging works to a young trainer! On National Senior Health and fitness day, be sure to ask your local health club if they have any personal trainers on staff who have a senior fitness certification or know how to conduct a senior fitness test (yes, there are fitness tests specifically developed for older adults!)
And Now for Some Inspiration…
Harriette Thompson, a 91-year-old woman from San Diego, California, broke the national record for fastest marathon time in the 90 – 94 age group. Think she’s a lifelong runner? Think again. A career concert pianist, Thompson ran her first marathon at age 76 and has since run hundreds of miles in support for cancer research. In fact, Thompson is a cancer patient herself and still undergoes chemotherapy on her legs. As she told NBC San Diego, “I guess I could say it’s never too late, and you feel wonderful if you — I’m sure that if you exercise, you certainly know the benefits of it.” Read more about Harriette Thompson here.
Do you know any active seniors with inspiring stories? Or are you an older adult with a passion for fitness yourself? Share your stories with us and help others to get motivated, too!