Senior Citizen fitness tips
to motivate and encourage.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made!
And you are made to MOVE!
For many of you, exercise is not
a joyful part of your routine.
So you are here to gain inspiration.
We are glad you are here.
Any time you are starting or changing your exercise habits,
you need to check with your doctor.
Your doctor's advice is vital in helping you
make wise choices.
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Senior Citizen Fitness Prayer
Thank you for my body.
I praise you for the miraculous way you made my body.
It is astonishing to think about the trillions of cells in my body that are all working together for me this day.
Lord, I want to take good care of my body.
I am asking for your help to increase my desire to exercise.
Show me how to uplift my emotions so that they will cooperate with your plans for me. Bless me with motivating thoughts, and teach me energizing strategies for encouraging myself to be diligent.
I am asking for your help to increase my ability to exercise.
Thank you for the wisdom you give me to go ahead and start exercising according to my personal fitness level. I will begin engaging in the movements that I can do at this time. As I pursue what I can do, I will trust you to increase my body’s strength, flexibility, stamina, and overall health so that I will grow in my ability to do more and more in the area of physical fitness.
Lord, I will enjoy thinking about your love for me and thinking about the amazing things you plan to do for me and with me.
Today I will say, "This is the day that the Lord hath made. I will rejoice and be glad in it!"*
And today I will exercise!
Copyright © 2013 Beth McLendon of
For those of you who have not exercised in a long time,
remember that you need to start out slowly.
I suggest 5 minutes a day of gentle stretching for at least a week. Then consider doing 5 minutes of warm-up exercises for a couple of days. Move into longer and longer exercise times as you feel able,
but always begin your exercise time
with a 5-minute warm-up.
I enjoy exercising with fitness routines I do by television.
I like to exercise along with a
DVD fitness workout
or with a
Christian television exercise workout show.
I encourage you to consider it as well.
Rise Up Fitness TV
with Jennifer Brindley Webster
If you are interested in finding a great television
I suggest exercising with Jennifer Brindley Webster.
She is the host of Rise Up Ministry -
which is her Daily TV Workout.
Jennifer is aware that many senior citizens
are watching her show,
and she sometimes gives tips specifically directed to seniors.
Moreover, Jennifer adds scripture and
her personal love of God to her television fitness routines.
Check to see if she is available on your type of television connection.
Take note that she has DVD workouts for sale
on her website: RiseUpTelevision.com
Below are two samples of her program.
At the beginning of these videos there is a loud noise.
Skip to the 1 minute mark!
Another show with Jennifer
Simple, helpful stretching exercises.
We at Inspirational-Prayers encourage you to practice wisdom by asking your doctor for his or her advice. In addition, it is important to seek other wise counsel.
Our suggestions are intended to be added to the other counsel that you get, but are not intended to replace your doctor and other wise counsel who are acquainted
with you and your personal limitations and abilities.
These suggestions can be adapted to all types of exercise,
but they mainly have in mind those of you who will be going to an exercise class or participating in a
television workout routine.
Several of the following tips and reminders are particularly
important if you are just getting started.
1. We suggest that - for a time - you consider moving slower than your instructor.
You will probably not be able to move as fast as the instructor. Don't worry if you are not in rhythm with the instructor. Note, that you will probably have to work up to moving with the instructor and doing as many repetitions as the instructor.
2. At first, it is wise to shorten your workout time instead of doing a full workout. I would suggest starting out with 5 minutes a day.
Lengthen your workout time as your body gets stronger and becomes adapted to exercise. Remind yourself that if you injure yourself, you may not be able to exercise at all for several days. So we encourage you not to take shortcuts.
3. Add Encouragement!
encouraged himself in the Lord. That is wise advice.
Encourage yourself concerning everything you do to bless the health of your body.
Remind yourself that your loving God is also cheering you on.
4. For floor exercises: Be sure and lay down flat on the floor and do nothing for at least 10 seconds so that your body can adjust to your position on the floor. Then pull your feet up toward you while bending your knees. (You will be drawing your feet closer to your body and your knees will be in the air.) Then wait a few moments.
During this time of getting your body ready for floor exercises, you may feel or hear
your body popping or shifting and moving while your body is adjusting to your position on the
If you are using a DVD or video workout, you can easily pause the program while you get your body ready for floor exercises.
Caution: Starting your floor exercises too fast can result in injury.
Next, gently and slowly do a couple of movements to make sure your body is ready for you to do more repetitions.
5. To protect your back, bend your knees when you are doing sit-ups and abdominal crunches. Lie on your back and bend your knees so that your feet come toward your body and your knees are in the air. Do an internet search if you need more information about this tip.
6. When doing twisting-type exercises on the floor (or while standing and twisting or sitting and twisting), note that sometimes you may be able to easily twist toward one side but not so easily twist toward the other side. In that case, do not forcefully try to push the side that resists you.
At that point, it may be wise to:
Stop and Pray
7. Do the workout without weights a few times before you add weights.
8. Be sure to completely warm up your body before using weights.
9. Start out working with very light weights for the first few days you are using weights. Remember that it takes time to work into heavier weights.
Note that I always use lighter weights for a few minutes before I switch to heavier weights.
Also note that light weights are always good for toning, so don't look down on using light weights.
10. Don't hold your breath. Be sure to breathe often during your workout.
11. Take notice of any sharp pains and stop if they occur. Be wise and go to the doctor if you need to.
12. Take notice if your body is getting tired or feeling weak and therefore needs a break. Don't be embarrassed to stop or slow down. Don't push beyond what is wise.
13. Make sure you always spend at least 5 minutes warming up before you begin your exercise routine or any sports activity.
14. Stretching at the end of a workout is important. Don't forget to stretch.
15. Drink lots of water during the day.
16. If you want a healthy body, you will need to consider the kinds of foods you eat and the amount that you eat.
17. Pray for the health of your body. Consider including the prayer ideas below.
18. Thank God and Praise God for all your progress!
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