Exercise is for everyone regardless of their age. The population of active agers have fitness goals as diverse as the population is in their interests and definitions of a good quality of life. For them and fitness professionals that work with them there are important aspects of the environment and equipment available that can make the gym more inclusive for everyone to exercise. There are aspects of the environment of a gym that can make the gym experience negative and challenging for the client as well as for the fitness professional. …


Keep. On. Going.

These days we are more aware that there are things we have take for granted in life. Whether it is our health, the abilty to see those we care about in pero and give them a hug or going to the gym…these things many of us have had to be creative about and adjust.

Even with everything going on the statistics have not gone away about the high rates of falls for older adults. Every day live activities even restricted still call for strength, agility, power, and coordination. Being sedentary can be a road leading to not…


Stand up straight.

Walk tall.

Your posture is bad.

Your head is too far forward.

You are slouching.

Bring your shoulders back.

We have heard all these comments and more. I am sure you have seen all the articles like this or this or that and even this one about posture and technology. There was a trend for a while using exercising balls as chairs. Standing desks and walking desks are a thing for those hunkered over their desk every day. Every day there are more gadgets you can wear and apps you can buy. This technology reminds you about…


When you start tying “is stretching” in the search box of your favorite web brower you will get many suggestion. Is it bad for you? is it good for you? Should you do it before exercise? Oh so may ideas and answers online on it. I won’t try ato change your mind too much on however you may fall on it…but I have some thing for you to think about…

What is working for you? Or to get more to the point, do you have areas of constant pain or tightness? If so, what are you/have you doing? If grinding…


To be perfectly honest I went back and forth about writing this. My writing and content focus is primarily business-related. My personal life is for the most part offline. I don’t comment on current events unless there is a connection with my passion for improving the quality of life of the active aging community. Thus I usually focus on advocating for the health and well-being of older adults as a fitness professional.

Right now the racial climate in the United States is ugly. It is hitting me hard. It is not like I am surprised in more senseless killing of…


A very good book I read years ago, Other People’s Children by Lisa Delpit discussed how the treatment of a particular group of students was contributing to an education that impeded their potential to learn. In her book, there is a scenario I often think about where a teacher does not challenge and push a student compared to others because of a lower expectation of potential. Because of such expectations, the student’s educational growth suffers from not being challenged.

How can this relate to the fitness profession? If you expect less of a certain group compared to others you treat…


Maybe you are more up on pop culture than I am. I was listening to one of Joe Rogan’s podcasts during a drive to Los Angeles and they mentioned that Oprah had a fall recently. Apparently, this fall went viral. You can tell how out of the loop I am regarding viral videos like this. I usually don’t know what is viral until way past the time. In regards to the fall, in her words, she was wearing the “wrong shoes.” After the fall she took her shoes off and kept on speaking during her 2020 Vision: Your Life in…


Maybe you heard about or saw the Readers Digest article “Exercises To Never Do After Age 50” that was published a few years ago. There was a substantial backlash from many in the fitness and wellness profession along with other like-minded individuals. The title itself displays ridiculous assertions made as what this population as a group should never do. It dripped of ageism.

Perhaps you have read or heard others say things like running is bad for older adults, they should not do squats or deadlifts are dangerous. …


You have begged, you have pleaded, you have nagged, and maybe just happened to come across articles or NPR stories but nothing is getting through. They may even have friends that have gotten back on the workout train and you wish that your parent, friend or loved one would do the same.Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. I don’t know you or who you are worried about…but below are some reasons why you are not getting through or they are not ready to do it.

The gym atmosphere is too much

You may feel comfortable walking into your…


One thing that the fitness industry generally fails at is making people feel as if they are a glass half empty. That theme intertwined with fitness makes you think about what you can’t do, can’t do well, can’t do what you used to do, or can’t do at all. Of course, I am not the only person in the world that wants you to recognize what you can do right now and build on that. There are countless individuals not just in the fitness industry that spread this idea. …

Damien A. Joyner

Damien works with individuals 40 years + to help them move better in life. Incremental Fitness is all about helping clients train for the life they want to live

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