There’s an old saying, you’re only as old as you feel. But perhaps it’s more accurate is to say you’re only as old as you function.

Even in today’s medically advanced world, our bodies age at an alarming rate. That being said, there are simple exercises that can help you feel and function better regardless of age and current fitness.

After the age of forty, there’s a decrease in muscularity that directly correlates to a slower metabolism and weight gain, not to mention the strength, endurance and power our bodies can produce to perform any given exercise.

That being said, as you get older strength conditioning becomes more important than doing lots of cardio. Focus on areas of the body that affect function and vitality. For example, you may want to include rowing or pulling exercises in your workout plan to improve your posture and avoid rounding of the upper back and shoulders.

Another area of concern is hip and lower body mobility and strength. Exercises such as squats, deadlifts and lunges serve up multiple benefits, including lowering your chances of falling, which is a big risk for the senior population.

If these exercises are new to you, an hour with one of Bellin Health Fitness’ certified Personal Trainers is worth its weight in gold. Our trainers can help motivate you throughout your fitness journey and can design workout programs and demonstrate and coach you in performing the exercises in an optimal way so you are successful and stay injury free.