Ready To Become Stronger And More Independent?

If you are looking for one of the best exercise resources for seniors and the elderly on the web, you found it!

I’m ready. Let’s get started!

Make sure to download my FREE ebook to begin your 4 week senior exercise program using all these great exercises!

1. Start with posture

First let’s learn correct posture before you start in order to help maximize the benefits of exercise. Watch our 6 posture videos for important exercises.

2. Breathing

Review the proper techniques of breathing to improve your lung function and energy level. This video will show you how.

3. Flexibility

Increase your flexibility to allow full motion in your shoulders, hips, and legs with these exercises. Watch our 24 upper and lower body stretching videos for valuable instruction.

4. Strength

Build strength in the arms, legs and back to greatly enhance your functional independence with our 24 upper and lower body strengthening videos.

5. Endurance

Gain endurance and improve your ability to walk and participate in energetic social activities like dancing and nature outings.

6. Balance

Develop better balance to increase your safety and help prevent falls. Watch the 12 best balance exercise videos now.

You can do it!

This website will help you to discover the revitalizing power of exercise; inspire you to feel more energized, and ready for your day; help you to get rid of those negative thoughts about your age, health conditions or physical body; teach you how to achieve real and objective goals with activities that you enjoy doing;and encourage you to take genuine steps toward health and happiness.

“Why am I so weak?”

Picture54As a Physical Therapist I have many senior and elderly patients who are referred from their doctor because they have fallen, are having trouble standing up, or just can’t function as well as they used to. What is the problem? Generally it is inactivity.

Studies have shown that it only takes a few days of lying in bed to start losing your strength, flexibility and balance.

Once this happens you are at risk of beginning the downward spiral. What is the downward spiral you ask?

The Downward Spiral

Picture62Well, let’s say you are feeling under the weather one day.

You are retired so end up spending a few days in bed or on the recliner watching TV.

After a while the chores start piling up. Finally you get up one morning and… “oops” lose your balance — falling on the floor!

If your hip is not broken you likely have a nasty bump somewhere.

The pain causes you to spend more time in bed… day by day getting weaker and weaker. Then out comes the cane or walker.

You begin to go outside of the house less and less because it is harder to walk.

Daily chores and activities become increasingly more difficult like cooking, shopping and taking a shower. You spend more time in the recliner and bed.

Well…you get the picture.

Moral of the story? Yes, you guessed it…Use your head…don’t stay in bed!

“I’m worried about my mom and dad”

Picture12On the other hand, maybe you are the child of an elderly adult. When your parents live alone and are inactive, you may worry about him or her falling at home.

This is often a big concern of family members.

Exercising and staying active will improve their chances of staying safe.

Staying active, sensibly exercising and following a healthy lifestyle can add years of productive and functional living to your life.

Explore our site for helpful information and exercise videos to start your journey to greater strength and better balance with exercise for seniors and the elderly.

Where do I begin?

Well, it took a while to get in the shape you are in. Remember to take small steps in the beginning. No need to hurry. Your body requires from 4 to 6 weeks to become accustomed to a new activity or exercise program.

This is true especially if you have been inactive for a long time.

Try exercising for a few minutes a day at first. Gradually build up to 30 minutes twice a week.

From there try exercising 3 days per week as your strength and endurance improves.

Make sure to download my FREE ebook to begin your 4 week senior exercise program using all these great exercises!

  • Mavis White says:


  • MK Weber says:

    I have CMT – what do you know about helpful exercises to maintain any leg/foot/ankle strength I have left and general stretching to keep all pieces and parts flexible and moving?

  • Anonymous says:

    Where can I buy a hard copy of your ebook?

  • Edna novak says:

    Have filled out all you asked but have not heard from you

    • Doug Schrift says:

      1. First, go to and sign up for the ebook in the right hand column.

      2. Click the sign up button and you will be taken to the ebook download page where you can download the ebook.

      3. The ebook is now on your browser. You must now save it to your desktop. To do this, you must find the “save icon” either at the top left of the screen or (on the latest version of Adobe reader), it floats at the bottom of the page in the middle and appears when your cursor floats over it.

      4. Once you save it, it will be permanently on your computer in pdf. format and not on your browser anymore.

      5. Now you can view the ebook at any time

      Let me know if this helps.

      • Carol harris says:

        I need a exercise to strengthen my legs an my lower back it hurts when i walk an i be stiff in my lower back in the morning time an legs please help me.

  • maryjo says:

    add me to your email distribribution list

  • Jean says:

    I am 85, overweight and have just discovered your site. Thank you for taking the time to put all of this together.
    My body needs this. I have an IPad Air and am wondering if I would be able to stream this on to my TV. Doc says I have pristine blood as I do eat sensibly, just too much at times. Am ordering the DVDs.

    • Doug Schrift says:

      Wonderful! Losing weight can be a challenge. The key is to keep active and watch your food intake. My Complete Senior Fitness dvd set is the most popular and should work for you. You will need a few props including an exercise band or tube, a wand like a ruler or wooden dowel, and a small childrens ball you can hold in one hand. Good luck!

  • Cate says:

    Doug…your site is helping my life. I was always strong as a bull..a jogger, athlete, etc. One day, at around the age of 62, I lost every ounce of strength I had. One doctor sent me to the next specialist then to the next. Of course insurance barely covered anything so I quit and took matters into my own hands. I changed my diet of junk food and low fat to no grains, sugar or processed food and added fats. It’s been slow but my job keeps me going and over the past 4 years I have been slowly regaining my self. Your strength exercises are great. Thank you for sharing. I just found them but I can see they will be very helpful. Thank you. Thank you.

    • Doug Schrift says:

      Cate. You are welcome. Thanks for sharing your story. Glad to see you are making progress with your return to health. Because I work with seniors everyday, I know the amazing effect exercise can have on older people. It is almost like a magic pill. It will increase not only your strength and independence, but also your confidence. Good luck!

      • Anonymous says:

        I have to say to everyone…do these simple exercises. After a month of leg strengthening and are strengthening exercises 3-5 time a week I have improved immensely compared to last month. It takes time and patience but stick with it. It works.

      • cate says:

        Your simple basic strength building exercises do work. I have seen amazing results in just one month doing the exercises 3 to 5 times a week. For anyone on here it takes time and patience but the results are worth it. Exercise is so important. I recently had a crazy slip and fall accident and came crashing down on my right hip. Scary, since my right hip is arthritic. But it’s been a couple of weeks and not a sign of any damage. Exercise works. I have been doing it my entire life.Thank you for your valuable website.

        • Doug Schrift says:

          Yes, exercise is so very important for everyone especially as we get older. It is the magic ingredient which helps our brains and body age well. Keep on exercising!

  • I would like to put some information about your website on my site. I’m just starting a personal one. Please let me know if this is ok.

    • Doug Schrift says:

      Sure. That would be fine. Just try not to copy and paste as google doesn’t like that. Good luck with your website!

  • I had knee replacement last fall and now I need help with getting back to where I can get back to walking regularly. Browsing the net, I found your site and I’m so impressed. It has everything I have been looking for! I am seeing (or feeling ) results already.
    Thank you so much!

    • Doug Schrift says:

      You are welcome! Knee replacements are certainly a miracle of our time. The rehab is challenging, but the results are great. Walking is one of the best exercise for knee replacements. The other is stationary bike.

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