I’ve always had a spot in my heart for elders, even as a kid! I was lucky. I had the best grandma and grandpa any little girl could ask for. My mother’s parents were funny, boisterous and even a little cheeky. They loved me unconditionally.
I was equally hooked on my great aunts and uncles. As a teen, I’d sit with them at family gatherings to take in all the stories about life in the motherland. I couldn’t always understand their Italian but hand movements and intention transcended my need for translation -- the intention being to crack each other up. All of it was pure joy!
None of my cousins seemed drawn to the family elders and their stories. I thought perhaps I was an oddball but later, as an adult, I realized that not everyone was as fond of their grandparents or had such rich, vivid memories. To this day, I still hear the sounds of my heritage -- the lilting sing-song conversations in Italian.
An appreciation for older generations never left me. In my 30’s, Eastern Athletic Clubs offered me the opportunity to run the Senior Fit program. Three decades later, I still work with the demographic, but as a senior myself -- I’m 63 years young as I write this note to you!
Not gonna lie -- I’ve had some health challenges along the way, some of which scared the crap out of me. Dietary and lifestyle choices I’ve made have had a profound effect on my health, even reversing so-called common pathologies that were far from normal. Lab test results have confounded medical specialists, all of whom have said the same: “Keep doing what you’re doing, because it’s working.”
Music to my ears.
I’ve decided to sit in the joy of working with people in my age group and beyond because I love my healing journey!
I can’t tell you what’s most important -- it’s a combination of things -- all of which I share with clients. We’re in this together.
My basic tenets for senior fitness, which I modify according to individual needs:
Move the body through resistance work. Stretch.
Pump the heart with gentle movement. The aim is vitality, not exhaustion.
Incorporate mindfulness techniques to destress. Rest and recover.
Eat wholesome, unprocessed, real plant food.
It’s been challenging to get a handle on health, but now I’m at that sweet spot where I can work on remaining issues while focusing on prevention. There are no quick fixes, but I do know this:
It’s never too late to live your best boomer + life!
Keep scrolling to read about the science behind my approach to senior fitness.
Rochel Gordon, 50
I routinely share information with clients that is pertinent to their conditions. I also investigate the latest research and trends. Here’s a sample of what science says:
National Institute of Health PubMed
"Exercise Prescriptions in Older Adults" (2017)
“The Effects of Yoga Compared to Active and Inactive Controls on Physical Function and Health Related Quality of Life in Older Adults-Systematic Review and Meta Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials” (2019)
American Massage Therapy Association Massage Therapy Journal
“Massage for Elderly” (2020)
Jere Miles, 79