Fitness On Demand

Stay fit and active from the comfort of your own home. Even though group activities and classes are currently cancelled, the internet offers a wide array of on-demand classes, programs and activities that can keep you actively engaged both mentally and physically.

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  1. SilverSneakers on Demand
    SilverSneakers members get access to an exclusive video library of workouts, wellness videos and exercise programs designed by our top instructors. Now you can exercise in the comfort of your own home with the instructors you trust.
  2. Spiro 100 (Free 30-Day Trial)
    Spiro100 provides web and app video streaming fitness and wellness classes for seniors, featuring over 100 full-length exercise and meditation sessions. Each class has been created, produced and is led by nationally recognized senior wellness experts to provide you a purposeful, results driven fitness tool.

Fitness Apps (Active Adult/Independent Living)

Do a quick search in your phone’s app store and you’ll find hundreds and possibly thousands of options. The few mentioned here are to give you a quick sample of the type of resources available. While the number of options can seem overwhelming, the number of choices does allow you to find the one that best fits your needs.

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  1. Fitness Builder– This is like having a personal trainer in your hand. The app has 200 workouts to choose from, based on your goals and fitness level. The app also includes videos to explain moves, a timer and, of course, tracking and record-keeping capability.
  2. My Fitness Pal– Studies have found that people who exercise regularly and track their calorie consumption tend to lose more weight and keep it off longer than those who exercise just as much but don’t record what they eat. This app offers an easy-to-use food diary and activity log and it can sync with tools like the Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale or the Fitbit Aris Smart Scale.
  3. Gym Goal– Trainers and physiologists know that adding weights and resistance exercises to your workouts not only builds strength and muscle mass but also helps burn calories and helps bone strength. Gym Goal walks you through the keys to proper weight-training form and provides more than 200 workouts you can modify based on goals and capabilities.

Fitness Trackers

Fitness trackers are stand-alone devices that monitor everything from calories burned to heartrate, depending on the sophistication of the device. Common trackers include Fitbit and Garmin, but there are many brands, including ones offered from different cellphone makers like Apple and Samsung.


Top 4 YouTube Fitness Channels for Seniors

With the rise of YouTube, many have found their answer. The video platform has attracted hundreds of fitness vloggers. Each has their own focus and their own skills. Today, we’re picking out the ones that fit the needs of our readers best.

Fitness Blender

Subscribers: 5.2 million | Example: Low Impact Workout for Beginners

BeFit

Subscribers: 2.8 million | Examples: Jane Fonda: Walking Cardio Workout: Level 1

HASfit

Subscribers: 867,891 | Example: 30 Minute Standing & Seated Exercise for Seniors, Obese, Plus Size, & Limited Mobility Workout - Chair

LIVEExercise

Subscribers: 61,811 | Examples: Seated Exercise for Obesity and Limited Mobility – Stage 1 Ep. 1

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