I've been working on a few articles for older adults, so I asked my 89-year-old grandmother how she's managed to stay so energetic and active. Her response: "I drink a lot of wine." My response: "No, really. This is a serious question for an article I'm writing." Her response: "Really. I drink a lot of wine."
I just love her sense of humor (at least, I hope she was kidding).
What she also does is take regular water aerobics classes at the local YMCA and she's also considering something else, something that many exercisers, much less seniors, wouldn't consider: Kettlebell training.
Swinging heavy weights around may sound like something for powerlifters or extreme athletes, but anyone, especially seniors, can benefit from training with kettlebells...if you do it right. The best way is with one-on-one instruction but, if that's not an option, the next best thing is The Kettlebell Boomer, an excellent workout DVD and introduction to kettlebell training for seniors.
This video makes kettlebell training accessible to anyone and is a great to work on things like endurance, strength, flexibility and balance. Check out my review to learn more and be sure to leave a comment if you've tried kettlebell training. What do you think about it? Are you an older adult who's taken the plunge? Leave a comment and tell us about it.