Senior Fitness With Meredith

Meredith

A podcast discussing wellness for seniors, fitness trainers and healthcare industry with enriching topics such as physical and mental wellness, nutrition, positive spirits and motivation for a healthy lifestyle.

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Greetings and thanks again for joining us on the Senior Fitness with Meredith podcastToday's topic dives into the relation between physical health and mental health and how they closely affect each other.Staying in great physical health has many benefits, a lot of which keep the body feeling great and in top shape. But there is also a strong correlation between physical health and mental health that affects things like your mood, attitude and emotions. This affects all of us but can also be detrimental to our seniors especially if there is not enough physical activity.Staying in a positive state of mind at any age is important as it keeps us mentally able to handle the ins and outs of our daily lives. Stress can easily add up as we go through the week and adding exercise to our daily routines can help combat mental exhaustionIn This Episode You Will Learn:1). Why people who stay physically active tend to be in better moods, have positive attitudes, feel more independent and overall have a positive outlook on life especially in the senior population. 2). Why being physically active doesn't just mean working out or going to the gym. This also means easily doing things like walking regularly or stretching. Staying mobile and keeping yourself active also matters.3). The reason mental health is important especially in the senior community and how good health leads to feeling more independent and feeling more confidant to overcome everyday challenges.   4). Some great easy workouts that you can try at home to help get you started which will help you feel better not only physically but mentally as well.5). Why it's important to keep track of you mood, stay in check, and how you can embrace easy regular physical activity to help stay mentally well overall and improve your quality of life personally and socially.Thanks again for listening to this episode. We hope that it helps you better understand why it's important to stay physically active especially for seniors. Being in a healthy state of mind comes from many things in our lives and being in great physical health with weekly exercise is a major contributor to our mental wellness.Til the next episode!Team Meredith

Nov 2019

17 min 12 sec

Hello and welcome to another Senior Fitness Podcast with Meredith! For this episode we are talking about the importance of stretching and flexibility. Keeping your body loose and relaxed is an important aspect of living a healthy lifestyle. Life can get busy and and cause us to tense our bodies, to the point where we may not even realize we are doing it.Stretching on a daily basis and keeping ourselves relaxed can make a big difference in how we feel and carry ourselves. The great thing about stretching is that you can do it anytime, and anywhere. Even if you don't have the energy to do a full workout, you can still do some simple stretching exercises to help you feel more relaxed.In This Episode You Will Learn:1). Why flexibility and stretching are so important to us and how they can affect our daily lives in a positive and healthy way2). Why our flexibility declines with age and how muscle pain and aches can deter you from stretching regularly and how to avoid this.3). Some examples of stretching exercises you can try at home (seated if you like) that will help your back, lower body and arms.4). More examples of stretches that will help you upper back, neck, legs and core.5). What "Range of Motion" is and why being aware of your limitations at start can help you build up your range of motion over time with consistent stretching.6). Why starting off your day with simple stretching when your body is just waking up may be better for most people and then going into heavier full body stretching later in the day or evening can give you the best benefits. ///Thank you again for listening to this week's podcast. We hope this episode on the benefits of stretching and flexibility helps you decide on what is best for you. Everyone is different and our bodies respond differently to stretching so always take the time to figure out what works best for your body. There are no rules to follow that works for everyone, only what you feel comfortable with.Til the next episode!Team Meredith

Nov 2019

16 min 18 sec

Welcome to another Senior Fitness Podcast with Meredith, we’re glad you could join us!In this episode we are looking at ways to help you find the right fitness classes, gym or trainer. Getting started in fitness can be overwhelming or intimidating and if you’re not quite sure where to start then let us just say that you are not alone!:)If you are ready to start your fitness journey and are curious about whether you should join a group class, a gym or perhaps hire a personal trainer then we want to help get you on the right path.In This Episode You Will Learn:1). Why being more proactive by researching and communicating with people when it comes to finding a fitness program that works for you is the best way to start.2). Why you should always consult with your doctor before you get started about any limitations or things to be aware of especially if you’ve had past surgeries or injuries.3). How “sitting in” or just observing a group fitness class first before you try it out can help give you a better idea on whether or not the class will work for you.4). Some important aspects to keep in mind if you are looking to hire a personal trainer for one on one type training sessions.5). Tips on researching whether a bigger class size or smaller group setting provides a comfortable workout experience for you. Or if you may prefer one on one training.6). Why communicating with other people and looking into multiple options for either group classes, gyms or trainers will give you the best results when you are ready to start your exercise regimen that you will feel comfortable with.///Thank you so much for joining us today for this episode.Finding the right fitness classes, gyms or trainers can be overwhelming especially if you are new to exercise and fitness.There’s no shame in asking questions and trying different classes out before you decide on what works for you.I hope you have enjoyed this episode and that it’s helps you with your fitness journey. Til next episode!Team Meredith

Oct 2019

18 min 33 sec

Welcome to another episode of the Senior Fitness Podcast with Meredith.For this session, we’re breaking down the importance of maintaining a regular schedule for your exercise sessions and how to stay motivated to stick with them.Staying motivated to exercise is something that we all deal with no matter what age, level or ability you’re at. It’s something that challenges us all. Luckily, there are things we can do and remember to help keep us on track whether you live independently, in assisted living, or if you are a trainer or healthcare worker and want to find ways to get your clients motivated. Hopefully, this episode will help provide some clear insight into what derailments to avoid, how to prioritize your exercise and most importantly, how to stay motivated through it all.In This Podcast You Will Learn:1). Why scheduling your workouts and staying motivated go hand in hand when it comes to staying on track and making exercise a priority in your life.2). How staying on a consistent workout schedule for seniors is the best way to get exercise in regardless if you live or work in an assisted or independent living facility or if you live at home.3). How procrastination affects motivation and how it can de-rail your scheduling plans and fitness goals. Also some great tips on how to avoid procrastinating and keeping yourself accountable.4). The importance of working out in a group setting or classes and how they can be fun and help keep you motivated. 5). How finding the right motivation to exercise (better balance, feeling better etc) is important to define once you start working out and how this will help you feel better about your progress.6). How exercising regularly not only helps keep you physically healthy but also can have positive effects on mental and emotional state.///Thanks for joining us on this week’s podcast. We hope you are able to gain some value from this episode and either help you with staying on track in your own workouts, or if you work in the health care industry, give you some great tips on how to get your clients motivated to exercise.Also if you have any suggestions, comments or feedback please feel free to reach out at anytime. We’d love to hear from you!Team Meredith

Oct 2019

20 min 6 sec

Greetings and welcome to another episode of the Senior Fitness Podcast with Meredith. In this episode, Meredith discusses yoga and how it can benefit the body and mind at any age. In today's world yoga has become much more accepted as a form of exercise and is seen as another great way to strengthen your body and mind. For our senior generation, there is really no better time than now to try yoga. There are moves and modifications to traditional poses that are specifically designed to feel comfortable for seniors, even if you are seated.If you've ever been curious about what all the hype is about or are just wanting to try something new then this episode is for you.In This Podcast You Will Learn:1). How yoga has become much more accepted as a fitness exercise for people of all ages and some of the misconceptions that mislead folks to think that yoga isn't for them. You can do it too!2). Why practicing yoga correctly has the ability to relax your body as well as provide strengthening and cardio all in one.3). How yoga can benefit our senior generation (ages 65+) in the same way that younger generations benefit but by using more focused poses and routines specifically tailored to this age group. 4). How yoga is not only standing and posing but can also be done in a chair or tailored to your comfort level so you can benefit from it no matter what physical limitations you may have.5). Some recommendations on how often you should incorporate yoga into your weekly schedule.///Thank you again for joining us today. As mentioned above yoga is a great workout no matter what age or level of fitness you are at.There are moves and positions that can be utilized by seniors to give you the same strength in your body and restfulness of the mind. Practicing yoga on a regular basis and adding it to your workouts is a great way to give you body new ways to strengthen itself to provide balance and stability it needs and uses every day.I hope you found this episode useful and helpful. As always, only try workouts that feel comfortable for you and never try to force yourself beyond what you feel may cause discomfort. If you have any questions or comments feel free to reach out at any time. Meredith@seniorfitnesswithmeredith.comKeeping you healthy is the number one priority at all times.Til the next episode!Mike - Team Meredith 

Oct 2019

13 min 23 sec

Hello and thanks for joining us on the podcast today!For this episode, we wanted to dive right into discussing some great exercises targeted towards ages 65+, our senior generation.Exercising and fitness benefit the body, mind and health no matter what age you are at. Keeping your body in good health by regular exercise along with eating a healthy diet provides the body what it needs to help us with day to day activities.In this episode, Meredith discusses some of these beneficial exercises that you can do in your own home and how they help your body stay in the kind of shape it needs. As always, you’ll want to only do movements and exercises that you feel comfortable with as everyone has specific needs that pertain to them. Meredith discusses many movements in this podcast, most of which you can see some examples of on our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/seniorfitnesswithmeredith) as well as our website www.SeniorFitnessWithMeredith.com.In This Podcast You Will Learn:1). Why the 65+ age group is a generation that requires a certain level of attention when coming up with workouts and exercises that will benefit the body.2). Some great cardio workouts for seniors that focus on building up heart health and is lower impact to prevent injury or fatigue.3). Resistance and strengthening workouts that you can do easily at home for your upper body and back to help with standing, sitting and carrying heavier objects. 4). How workouts that help build strength in your lower body or legs can help with everyday movements like standing and walking. Having a little more strength can go a long way!5). How you can incorporate these simple and easy workout suggestions into your daily life so that they don’t feel like a chore and can be enjoyable to do while at home.6). Why focusing on your core (stomach, abdomen etc.) is the foundation for your body to move and why it’s important for seniors to embrace workouts that strengthen the core and how it can help them.  ///Thank you again for listening to our podcast! Hopefully, you find some useful information here that can help you build and maintain a healthy body and mind. As stated earlier, staying fit with exercise helps our bodies no matter what age we are at and hopefully this episode was helpful to you.We always aim to inform all of our seniors looking to find more information on health and fitness as well as healthcare workers, physical trainers, and instructors.Til the next episode!Mike – Team Meredith

Oct 2019

18 min 33 sec

Welcome to the podcast friends, we are very excited about this episode because we get to talk about one of our favorite subjects... food!Well, nutrition in general and how we can make sure our seniors get the best information and coaching on nutritional needs today.In most cases, knowledge of nutrition has been passed down from year to year but that doesn't always mean that good nutritional information is available. Especially in our "Baby Boomer" population, the information on nutrition and food has changed over the years and making sure we serve and cook the healthiest of meals is important to sustaining the body and mind at any age.In This Episode You Will Learn:1). Some of the common habits that seniors have about diet which can unknowingly have negative health effects on the aging body and how to help modify for healthier options.2). Why portion sizes and protein intake are still very important at a later age and how it should still be a priority to include in any meal for seniors.3). A few ways to help gently emphasize healthier eating habits (a balanced plate) in seniors that may need to adjust their diet because of health issues like digestive complications, chewing or diabetes.4). How doing research on different options in fruits and vegetables can help provide the same benefits for seniors without possible side effects. 5). Why including research with your meals is important to putting together balanced and healthy meals for yourself or for someone you may care for and the health benefits behind it.///Thank you again for joining us here. Getting to chat about food and nutrition should always be an open topic and hopefully you found some value in this episode.Whether you work in healthcare, fitness training or are a senior yourself, we aim to give you the best information on helping you understand nutrition for seniors and how to go about approaching trying new healthy options and learning about existing ones.Til the next episode!Mike - Team Meredith

Oct 2019

17 min 23 sec

In this episode, we’ll be talking about some very useful tips on how to help seniors get motivated to exercise and help explain why it’s helpful to their overall health.Let’s face it, exercising can be very intimidating for some seniors and we don’t always do a great job of explaining the health benefits or most importantly, making it fun! There are many reasons why simple fitness routines may not appeal to the senior generation and in this episode Meredith breaks down some great & simple ways to approach emphasizing fitness in seniors and how to make it fun and meaningful for everyone.Whether you’re a fitness trainer, healthcare worker, or a senior yourself looking to find more information on why exercising is a great way to live healthier then hopefully you will find this podcast very useful.In This Podcast You Will Learn:1). Why it’s important to make sure that keeping seniors motivated about exercising and feeling healthy is important.2). How motivating seniors and keeping them interested in fitness should be considered part of your responsibilities if you are looking to get into training or caretaking.3). Why it’s important to always make anyone you are training with feel comfortable about their movements and never force any uncomfortable moves. Make it comfortable and fun for them!4). How it’s good practice to breakdown your workouts and let your seniors know how the exercises can help with everyday functions like carrying groceries or picking up items from the floor. Everything has a function.5). Always to stay happy, friendly and personable which will help keep them motivated and want to keep exercising.// Exercise and movement when done at the correct comfort level is a great way to stay active and healthy, no matter what age you are.Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode. Hopefully, you find some great information here that will help you and perhaps answer some of your questions about motivating our seniors to live more active lives.Til the next episode!Mike – Team Meredith

Sep 2019

18 min 1 sec

We’re finally rolling out our very first podcast series! And to kick things off we’re diving right into learning more about Meredith herself starting with this episode: “Introduction To Senior Fitness With Meredith”!Our goal behind starting a podcast is to have the opportunity to go into more detail on issues surrounding senior wellness and health. To touch on topics that not only include physical fitness, but overall mental and emotional state of our quickly growing senior population.With this first episode, we’re taking the opportunity to get to know Meredith in depth and how her passion for fitness led her to working with seniors and loving it!In This Podcast You Will Learn:1). What sparked her passion for health, wellness and fitness and how that transitioned into working with seniors.2). What makes working with seniors so rewarding and how it challenges her to be more educated in overall senior health and empathetic to their unique needs.3). Some of the differences between younger seniors (ages 55 – 70) and the older seniors (75 +) when approaching wellness or physical activities.4). Some advice for anyone who is looking to get into senior fitness training and/or wellness and why it’s different than training a younger demographic.5). The hopes in reaching seniors who may not have access to the kind of information here on our website and to help provide value to other healthcare industry workers so that they can gain knowledge about senior care and wellness.Thank you so much for taking a moment to check out this podcast, especially our very first episode! Hopefully we’ve been able to provide some value to you in regards to why we believe starting a fitness and wellness channel for seniors is so important.We also hope you feel comfortable with the goals we have set and getting to know Meredith and her passion for serving seniors and would love to see you again at the next episode.Thanks and have a great day! – Team Meredith

Sep 2019

12 min 44 sec