Do you know who needs exercise, probably more than the average person?
Older folks -- the ones we call "Senior Citizens". Many of these people
probably wouldn't admit it, but their bodies crave some exercise. We have
all these muscles that want to be used and the biggest majority of us
just don't use them. You can be sure that the Seniors are at the top of
the list for not using their muscles. There're plenty of them out there
who would do exercise, however, if they had somewhere to go. It just may
be you that they're waiting for!
What Can I Do?
Have you ever thought of starting a "Seniors" exercise class? Why not
try one! Here are a few hints to get you started on your way. First of
all, you must find the right music for your audience. Seniors frequently
like the "Golden Oldies" music. You can get it through any Aerobics Music
Company, such as Power Music, Muscle Mix Music, Sports Music, Pro Motion
Music, etc. Second, figure out some reasonably easy moves for
them to do along with the music. Almost all "professional" aerobics music
nowadays comes with a perfect 32 count, so, the hard part is done for you.
Just try to keep the BPM, between 126 and 134. Older people frequently
have flexibility and coordination problems due to disuse. If you
try to get them to move too quickly, you'll lose them; they'll feel frustrated,
and you won't see them again. Take your time!
How About Routines?
As for the routines, you can do wonders with the Basic Step, (step
R., touch L. , step L., touch R.). After you do that for a while, you can
add a hamstring kick, R/L. Then take 2 Basic's R and back L. You can use
your imagination, and create all kinds of changes. Next walk forward 4
counts, and back 4 counts. Add kicks, knee ups , basics or anything extra
to it. Last but not least, is the simple Grapevine R., 4 counts and back
L. 4 counts. Again, you can add whatever you want to make it more challenging
for them. Just with these simple moves, you can construct a whole hour
class, with a few changes here and there.
Who Will Come?
Once you've gotten program together, you're ready to advertise for
your class. But, most important, make sure you state that it's for women
and MEN! Many men seem to think that they don't need any exercise.
That might be one of the reasons why women frequently live longer than
men. It's general knowledge that older women tend to do more structured
exercise than older men. So, always try to include the men in your classes.
Hey, if you guys don't exercise, there won't be enough men left for all
us women! :-)
That's all for now! Good luck on your "Seniors Adventure", and
keep me posted on your results.
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