How to Stay Fit as You Age

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  • 2013
  • 1 Season

How to Stay Fit as You Age is a fantastic educational program from The Great Courses that focuses on the importance of staying fit and healthy as we age. The show is designed to provide viewers with practical and effective strategies for maintaining physical health and wellness, regardless of age or fitness level.

The program is led by Dr. Kimberlee Bethany Bonura, who is an expert in the field of health and wellness education. Dr. Bonura brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the program, and she presents the material in a way that is both engaging and easy to understand.

Throughout the course, Dr. Bonura covers a wide range of topics related to aging and fitness. She begins by discussing the changes that occur in the body as we age, including the effects of reduced muscle mass, bone density loss, and decreased flexibility. From there, Dr. Bonura introduces a series of exercises and techniques that are specifically designed to combat these effects and keep the body healthy and strong.

One of the key themes of the program is the importance of staying active and maintaining a regular exercise routine. Dr. Bonura provides viewers with a variety of different exercises, ranging from low-impact cardio routines to strength-building exercises that can be done with minimal equipment. She also discusses the benefits of stretching and flexibility training, and provides tips for incorporating these activities into a daily routine.

In addition to exercise, Dr. Bonura also emphasizes the importance of proper nutrition as a key component of healthy aging. She provides viewers with guidance on developing a healthy and balanced diet, including tips for choosing the right foods and managing portion sizes. She also discusses the role of supplements and other nutritional interventions in supporting overall health and wellness.

Throughout the course, Dr. Bonura emphasizes the importance of personalized fitness and wellness plans that are tailored to each individual's unique needs and abilities. She encourages viewers to take the time to identify their own goals and preferences, and to develop strategies for achieving those goals that are both enjoyable and sustainable.

Overall, How to Stay Fit as You Age is an excellent resource for anyone who is interested in maintaining their physical health and wellness as they get older. The program is packed with practical advice, expert guidance, and helpful tips that are designed to help viewers achieve their health and fitness goals. Whether you are just starting out on your fitness journey, or are looking for ways to stay fit and healthy at any age, this program has something to offer.

How to Stay Fit as You Age is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (18 episodes). The series first aired on November 15, 2013.

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Qigong--Practicing Fluid Movement
18. Qigong--Practicing Fluid Movement
November 15, 2013
Explore the world of qigong, an Eastern practice that focuses on slow, deliberate movement integrated with key breathing exercises to increase your mindfulness. With this session, you'll learn how to tap into the healthy flow of your internal energy--and encourage the balance of opposing forces within your body.
Chair Yoga
17. Chair Yoga
November 15, 2013
For those of us with limited mobility, yoga on a floor mat can seem like an activity that we're better off skipping. But in this fun exercise session, you'll discover how you can still perform basic yoga routines to work your whole body--all from the ease and accessibility of a chair.
Workplace Fitness
16. Workplace Fitness
November 15, 2013
Think you have to wait until after the workday ends to exercise? Here, Dr. Bonura reveals some simple (and surprising) ways that you can stay active and energized at the office by taking short walks, practicing good posture in your chair, performing stretches to work your muscles, and more.
Core Strength and Balance
15. Core Strength and Balance
November 15, 2013
Maintaining core strength and balance is essential for maintaining our physical independence as we age. In this session, focus on a series of yoga and Pilates exercises--performed both in a chair and on the floor--designed to improve your posture and strengthen the muscles in your core and back.
Foundational Fitness
14. Foundational Fitness
November 15, 2013
Using only simple exercise tools and a yoga mat, discover how to get a well-balanced, 30-minute workout that incorporates both strength training and flexibility. Complete this workout session two to three times a week (along with gentle cardio) for a well-rounded exercise routine to keep you fit as you age.
Relaxation Strategies
13. Relaxation Strategies
November 15, 2013
Who doesn't want to relax more? Find out how, in the first of several exercise sessions you can follow along with. Here, you'll practice simple breathing exercises, a full-body progressive relaxation exercise, alternate nostril breathing, and a Japanese energy-based exercise for helping you work through pain and discomfort.
Making It Work--The Right Plan for You
12. Making It Work--The Right Plan for You
November 15, 2013
Successful health goals have to be framed in a context that gives them greater purpose. Learn how to do this with a rewarding discussion of our three innate psychological needs (competence, autonomy, and relatedness) and Dr. Bonura's expert advice on the best approach for maintaining a healthy lifestyle in advancing age.
Small Steps--A Path to Big Benefits
11. Small Steps--A Path to Big Benefits
November 15, 2013
The one activity that consistently promotes health: exercise. First, examine some of the many benefits of physical activity on your body (including its ability to reduce your risk for diseases). Then, turn to the psychological benefits, including higher self-esteem, a stronger sense of self, and improved body image.
Challenges--Illness and Chronic Pain
10. Challenges--Illness and Chronic Pain
November 15, 2013
How you respond to the illnesses and pain that come with advancing age can lead to drastically different outcomes in your ability to maintain or rebuild your physical health. This lecture includes exercises that can reduce pain and improve function.
Accepting a New Reality
9. Accepting a New Reality
November 15, 2013
Eating disorders such as bulimia and binge eating. Exercise addiction and overtraining. Explore these and other obsessive behaviors that occur when fitness doesn't support but consumes your life. Learn what causes them, find out how someone can get help, and lower your own risk by cultivating more realistic expectations.
Friends, Fitness, and Social Support
8. Friends, Fitness, and Social Support
November 15, 2013
Whether you want them to or not, your friends and family have an effect on your overall fitness. Dr. Bonura shows you how to leverage your social circle at work and at home to support your well-being. How can your relationships inspire your health? And how can fitness cultivate stronger relationships?
Motivation--Goals and Willpower
7. Motivation--Goals and Willpower
November 15, 2013
Take another look at why solid goals and environmental support are key to staying healthy as you age. You'll explore each of the five characteristics of a good goal and discover how your environment affects your health-promoting decisions and supports your willpower.
It's Not Just Physical--Mindful Fitness
6. It's Not Just Physical--Mindful Fitness
November 15, 2013
Mindful fitness is an important part of aging healthfully and involves exercises that cultivate unity between your mind and your body. Among the many exercises you learn about here are basic yoga, tai chi, martial arts, and meditation--all of which combine physical exercise with deliberate breathing and mental training.
Fitness beyond the Gym--Active Daily Living
5. Fitness beyond the Gym--Active Daily Living
November 15, 2013
You don't need the gym to build movement into your daily life. Here, discover how to stay active throughout your day. By making small, simple choices--such as walking with a colleague instead of e-mailing, taking a dance class, or cultivating better posture--you'll move better. And feel better, too.
Fitness Fundamentals--Choose Your Activity
4. Fitness Fundamentals--Choose Your Activity
November 15, 2013
How can you use physical activity to take better care of yourself? Find out with this helpful lecture on the components of physical fitness, including three that specifically support healthy aging. Then, learn the basics behind any successful fitness plan--and how to develop one that works for you.
Self-Care Fundamentals
3. Self-Care Fundamentals
November 15, 2013
Explore the fundamentals of self-care, which involves choosing behaviors that help balance the stress of modern life. As you look at sleep, nutrition, mental exercise, and stress management, you'll learn ways to promote self-care in your life through incorporating pre-sleep rituals, strengthening your long-term memory with puzzles, and more.
Getting and Staying Motivated
2. Getting and Staying Motivated
November 15, 2013
Dr. Bonura discusses the secrets of motivation and illustrates the six stages of behavioral change-- precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and termination. She also offers tips on conquering several common barriers to change, including procrastination, preconditioned beliefs, and a fear of discomfort.
Aging with Optimism--A Holistic Approach
1. Aging with Optimism--A Holistic Approach
November 15, 2013
When is your age considered "old"? What three health-promoting characteristics make up the foundation of healthy old age? What is your "locus of control"--and why is it so important to have one? These and other questions are answered in this first step on a journey that can change your life.
Where to Watch How to Stay Fit as You Age
How to Stay Fit as You Age is available for streaming on the The Great Courses website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch How to Stay Fit as You Age on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Kanopy and Hoopla.
  • Premiere Date
    November 15, 2013