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Senior Traveler Fitness

Senior Traveler Fitness Series: 
Walk with Bill & Learn About Old London!

Bill updates his walking exercise and tells how he is doing on his walking routine, combined with an excerpt from Rick Steves free Audio Guide on taking your own tour of Historic London while he is walking. Bill plays Rick's audio tours on every walk. Why not learn about the places you'll be visiting while you are in training to get in physical condition for your tour!

Senior Traveler Fitness Series: Building Endurance

After doing our warm-up stretches, it's time to get down to actually exercising! In this episode, we take on walking, something we do every day, but perhaps not with the same intensity in mind as we would for preparing to travel abroad, right? I have friends tell me that it would be a normal day on a tour to walk as much as 8 miles in a day, so our aim is to be prepared to do a lot of hoofing it! Bill's personal goal is to work up to about 6,000 steps per day...Watch this video and see how he plans on doing this! 

Senior Traveler Fitness Series: Stretching

Before we get to carried away with lifting 200 lbs of weights or going out on a five-mile hike, it might be a good idea o do some stretching. This series is designed for those retired folks that may be a bit out of shape to take on all the walking and step climbing we will be doing on our tour of Europe. So, take some time to build up to more strenuous activity levels by starting with a few basics. Now, we are not fitness specialists, just ordinary travelers who want to be in the best shape possible to take on the tour. Always follow your healthcare professional's recommendations for exercises. 

Follow this link to our Youtube playlist on Senior Fitness and find out what benefits stretching and walking provide and how the body benefits.

Senior Traveler Fitness Series: Stretching

Senior Traveler Fitness Series: Introduction

Claudia and I decided to add a page called Senior Fitness for Travelers.  How many of you out there in travel land are hesitant to take on an overseas trip because you no longer feel as if you are in good enough physical shape? You watch travel documentaries enjoying the scenery and the various cultures but do not see yourself actually taking that step to book a tour?

It just might be you feel insecure about your physical condition. We're here to take that excuse away from you...with your help of course. We decided to add this module to our site as a way to counter your hesitation! Yes, as we all know, most of us do not have the physical strength we had just 10 years ago. And like many, you just got comfortable and reduced your expectation as to what you could actually do. You take 50 steps and you're aching, or feel exhausted. Your feet hurt, you're breathing heavy, that old pain in your sacroiliac is coming back! Whatever shall you do?

Tours are typically fast-paced events with early rising, long days on your feet, and by nightfall, you are exhausted. So what do you say we do something to minimize the impact of a tour before we actually get on that plane to fly to Europe!

Below you will find a series of videos produced by Travel Buddies as well as a few links to Senior Fitness programs that will help you plan out a daily routine you can implement starting six months out from your tour date.

So, let's get started! (I know you don't want to be the one person on your tour bus that complains constantly about how tired or sore you are, do you?)

Here is a strength building site with many good videos to help you kickstart your fitness routine! It's called "Easy Strength Training Exercises for Seniors"  by Dr. Mercola. There are also, of course, the popular Silver Sneakers fitness programs now offered through most health insurance companies. We will cover that program in depth in a video.

(Disclaimer: Travel Buddies are not medical experts, so you should always check with your Physician and or your Physical Therapist to determine if you are fit enough to begin any exercise routine. In fact, your specialists may have exercise programs they can recommend to you. What is presented here are just things Claudia and I have discovered that work for us.)

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