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Active Aging: A Lifeline for a Lifetime

Help clients rule their golden years and excel at functional movement

Aging is inevitable. How we age is another matter entirely, and active aging is more than the future of fitness—it’s what’s happening now for everyone, no matter which generation they’re in. Why? Because the cumulative effects of the calendar compound minute by minute, and every tick of the clock is another opportunity to prioritize health and wellness. Active aging “connotes a radically nontraditional paradigm of aging which posits possible improvement in health despite increasing longevity,” according to James F. Fries, MD, professor emeritus of immunology and rheumatology at Stanford University. “The new paradigm is based upon postponing functional declines more than mortality declines and compressing morbidity into a shorter period later in life.”

How do fitness professionals fit into this new paradigm, and how can they best support clients in all stages of aging, from master’s athlete to frail and longing for function?

Here’s how active aging trends are lining up for 2022 and beyond:

  • The popularity of “life plan communities,” that tend to attract residents who are committed to maintaining their health and independence for many years. Many of these communities need fitness and wellness experts.
  • Cognitive health, also known as “brain fitness.” Physical activity has been linked to improved cognitive performance and reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease, a valid selling point for personal trainers.
  • Working out at home is just as popular for older adults as it is for other demographics, and it extends to telemedicine. Fitness professionals who meet virtual clients where they are may find lasting success.

The above trends are just a warmup! IDEA Health & Fitness Association has been researching and reporting active aging trends for years, with a vast content library and a proven commitment to helping fitness professionals succeed.


Aging Well, Staying Active

IDEA understands the concept of aging well; after all, we just turned 40 and we’re as fit as ever! Fitness professionals understand that physical activity is one key to helping clients retain function and be able to effortlessly navigate activities of daily living, whether it’s balancing grocery bags while opening the front door or getting up and down from the ground when playing with grandchildren. IDEA and its members know that as the worlds ages, we have an opportunity to improve the collective lifespan.

That is what the “plus” stands for in our reimagined membership—it represents all that you do to Inspire the World to Fitness®.

As a member, you have access to vast content and resources, and we’ve featured a small fraction of our library below. If you’re not a member, you can still access this education and get a feel for our community.


Age Well With These Resources:

Stand Up to Aging

Getting up off the ground grows more difficult as we age. Muscles and bones weaken, coordination becomes less fluid, and simply doing chores around the house gets more challenging. Ground-to-standing (G2S) exercises address these changes. hile even performance athletes can benefit from G2S drills (see the sidebar “G2S Exercises Also Help Performance Athletes”), they’re supremely helpful for older exercisers who are at risk for broken hips and other threats to their mobility.

Group fitness
IDEA World

Group Exercise Sessions at IDEA® World Convention

Elevate your ability to design superior in-person, virtual and hybrid group exercise programs with these and many other sessions:

  • Fine Tune Alignment for Group Training, Leslee Bender & Keli Roberts
  • Elevate Your Group Fitness Experiences by Incorporating Behavior Change, Staci Alden, Shannon Fable
  • Defining and Delivering Your Signature Class, Ingrid Knight-Cohee, MS
  • Build-A-Class: The Kinetic Chain and Group Fitness, Elle Young


View Active Aging Education:


Interested in learning more about how to grow with the fitness industry as it enters a new era? IDEAfit+ affiliation is the key to life-long success as a fitness and wellness professional.

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