New ways for seniors to keep fit

Specialized fitness programs are being developed for seniors with particular medical issues or limited mobility, in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles.

The group Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism found that many older people are keen to participate in exercise regimes, but were concerned about their limitations.

The group is working on specialized routines that work around any issues.

"It's often difficult to find exercise programs that take into account the particular needs of that group," Holly Schick, a spokeswoman for the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism, explained, noting the challenge is to adapt common exercises to make them safe and appropriate for people.

"Fitness opportunities need to be affordable and accessible and appropriate for everyone," she added.

The group hopes to have programs available or in place at senior care homes and community centres in Regina within six months.

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