Moving is medicine — the ability to balance, build muscle mass and see what is going on in our brain are extremely important to remain functional.

“You should ask, ‘Can I get up and down from the table, can I lift my groceries?’ ’’ said Cristina Vigne, the co-owner of CrossFit in Cocoa Beach.” The body screams out to keep moving.”

Seniors should get physical and keep moving.

“People don’t challenge themselves enough and get too complacent as we all do from time to time,” said Lisa Gladu-Molina, a certified personal trainer for Aquatic Health and Rehabilitation of Melbourne. “At least three days a week,  you should do exercise. The more exercises, the stronger and faster are the results. Do 10 counts and increase by two counts each time you do an exercise.

Everyone should get into an exercise routine.

“Exercising is just like committing to brushing your teeth,” Gladu-Molina said. “Sometimes the hardest thing is getting started.”

She suggests simple exercises done at home, such as bridging — laying on your back and strengthening your hips and bottom by pushing up and holding while coming down slowly 10 times; squats to a chair strengthens legs, wall pushups; bird dog on all fours on a bed and stretching out the opposite leg and arm in the air for core strengthening and balance; standing in a doorway to do stretches, and standing at a counter for balance while holding one foot up for a count before switching feet. 

“These are simple things they can do without equipment and in the security of their own home.” Gladu-Molina said. “If they have access to a swimming pool, just do walking in the pool.”

Vigne thinks more seniors should exercise now since they have more time time to do so.

“The flip side to not moving is losing balance, coordination and muscle mass,” Vigne said. “If seniors don’t exercise, the going gets harder, intimidating. I see people ages 71 and 65 in the gym moving weights. They are so receptive it feels good and empowers them.”

People need to be social, so many find the gym setting more comfortable. A small class size or an instructor and group that teaches the way to do exercises is good, Vigne suggests. Find someone to do exercises with you.

“Sometimes, the hardest thing is getting started and sticking with it. Once you see the results, you say, ‘ah,’” Gladu-Molina said.