How to Stay Fit as You Age Series

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18 episodes in this series

Episode 1 Aging with Optimism—A Holistic Approach
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…
Episode 2 Getting and Staying Motivated
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…
Episode 3 Self-Care Fundamentals
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…
Episode 4 Fitness Fundamentals—Choose Your Activity
How can you use physical activity to take better care of yourself? Find out with this helpful episode on the components of physical fitness, including three that specifically support healthy…
Episode 5 Fitness beyond the Gym—Active Daily Living
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…
Episode 6 It’s Not Just Physical—Mindful Fitness
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…
Episode 7 Motivation—Goals and Willpower
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…
Episode 8 Friends, Fitness, and Social Support
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…
Episode 9 Accepting a New Reality
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…
Episode 10 Challenges—Illness and Chronic Pain
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…
Episode 11 Small Steps—A Path to Big Benefits
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).…
Episode 12 Making It Work—The Right Plan for You
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…
Episode 13 Relaxation Strategies
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…
Episode 14 Foundational Fitness
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…
Episode 15 Core Strength and Balance
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…
Episode 16 Workplace Fitness
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…
Episode 17 Chair Yoga
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…
Episode 18 Qigong—Practicing Fluid Movement
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…

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Motivation—Goals and Willpower
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.
Foundational Fitness
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.
Motivation to Change Your Body Composition
Time to get started! Identify a few small changes to make to your nutrition and exercise programs, ones that seem the easiest to fit into your lifestyle. Set small, reachable goals that you're confident you can stick with--and you will be successful.
Workplace Fitness
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.
Friends, Fitness, and Social Support
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…
Making It Work—The Right Plan for You
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…
Fitness beyond the Gym—Active Daily Living
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.
Energy Balance and Weight Control
Your body is in energy balance when your daily energy output is exactly balanced by the energy of the food you consume. In this lecture, you will learn about the caloric content of food and how to choose specific foods to help you adjust your energy balance for desired body…
Challenges—Illness and Chronic Pain
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 episode includes exercises that can reduce pain and improve function.
Aging with Optimism—A Holistic Approach
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.
The Caloric Cost of Exercise
While caloric expenditure above resting levels is proportional to the duration and intensity of your exercise, small changes will make a difference, too--like consistently taking the stairs instead of the elevator. The most important aspect of your exercise program is to develop a plan you can stick to!
Exercise for Healthy Muscle Mass
Recent studies show that sarcopenia, the gradual loss of muscle mass as we get older, results primarily from chronic disuse and inactivity, not the aging process itself. Learn how to find a personal trainer to begin a safe and effective program to increase your muscular strength, endurance, and power--at any…