Imagine hitting the gym floor at age 83 to do pushups, weighted squats and resistance walking twice a week. “One of my female clients is a beast,” says Mia Shanté, co-founder and owner of North Hollywood, CA-based Lift & Flow Performance. “She started working with me because she didn’t want older age to get the best of her – and it’s not!”
Shanté works with lots of retirees who’ve decided to stay active and fit into their golden years. “If you’re like most Americans, work and life has gotten in the way of your physical fitness,” she says. “Now’s your time to take it back – and add it to your bucket list.”
About 91% of retirees have made a bucket list, according to a survey of more than 3,000 people conducted by the Stanford University School of Medicine.
“Creating a bucket list is a great exercise because we should always keep dreaming,” says Kevon Owen, M.S., LPC, an Oklahoma-based counselor and licensed clinical psychotherapist with a degree in gerontology. “You never stop becoming who you’re going to be. A bucket list can help you to prioritize what’s most important to you. For example, if you want to ballroom dance with your true love after you renew your vows at your 50th anniversary, the list will help keep you focused and on task.”