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As you age have you noticed there are certain physical activities you avoid?
That nagging knee injury makes you nervous about skiing. Or that shoulder problem makes you
hold back a little when throwing a ball. Maybe your aging lower back makes you hesitate to take the “big shot” when playing tennis or golf. As fitness professionals, we are aware of our own personal limitations and plan our activities around them. However, for many seniors, injuries like these—
coupled with decreased mobility and function and simple lack of confidence—make strenuous
exercise seem impossible.
If you were asked to stand in front of 1,000 people and juggle, you’d probably feel very anxious. The task would seem inconceivable if you didn’t think you had the necessary skills to perform. Many seniors feel this way about exercise. As people age they experience a decline in aerobic capacity, a loss of flexibility, a decrease in muscle size and an increase in join