When it comes to living into our golden years, I have become more present to a concept I have fondly coined functional fitness for the woman over fifty. No doubt that it is a broad age range, but I like to think that fifty is a good starting point.

What is functional fitness?

I describe functional fitness as the ability to be able to perform activities that require some form of movement. If you are still working being able to perform your job duties with little to no impairment.

Examples of being functionally fit would include:

  • Being able to carry your grocery bags home
  • Being able to get up from the floor unassisted
  • Carrying out your daily chores at home such as bathing, cleaning with little to no assistance
  • Going up and down a flight of stairs without feeling tired

Watch the video below for more on the importance of functional fitness for the female over fifty:



Learn more about exercise versus movement and some of the myriad benefits of exercise.

In search of some inspiration? Learn more about the 80 plus-year-old phenom Ms. Ernestine Shephard.

To your health and wellbeing,