As a Generation Xer, it is not uncommon for me to wake up with an ache here or a pain there. I’m just glad everything doesn’t ache at the same time! As I look around the studio while doing yoga or pilates, I can’t help but notice that there are few participants my age or older. Although I understand the reluctance to exercise while in pain, I know that I will continue to lose strength, flexibility and balance if I do not. I encourage my patients to continue to exercise to the best of their ability throughout the entire life span. Kimberlee Bethany Bonura, Ph.D. is an educational psychologist and Fitness and Wellness Consultant. She developed, in conjunction with The Great Courses a series of eighteen, thirty minute videos designed to assist you to do so.  In this series she covers the following topics:

Aging with optimism—a holistic approach

Getting and staying motivated

Self-care fundamentals

Fitness fundamentals—choose your activity

Fitness beyond the gym—active daily living

It’s not just physical—mindful fitness

Motivation—goals and willpower

Friends, fitness, and social support

Accepting a new reality

Challenges—illness and chronic pain

Small steps—a path to big benefits

Making it work—the right plan for you

Relaxation strategies

Foundational fitness

Core strength and balance

Workplace fitness

Chair yoga

Qigong—practicing fluid movement

Again, this lecture series can be purchased through The Great Courses or rented from various libraries.


Disclaimer: This blog is not designed to diagnose, treat, or prevent illnesses or trauma, and Dr. Emick is not responsible for your use of this educational material or its consequences. Furthermore, reading this blog does not create a doctor-patient relationship. The information contained within this blog is not intended to dictate what constitutes reasonable, appropriate, or best care for any given physical or behavioral health issue, nor does it take into account the unique circumstances that define the health issues of the reader. If you have questions about the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a condition or illness, you should consult your personal health care professional. As always, consult with your personal health care professional before beginning or changing any fitness or nutrition program to make sure that it is appropriate for your needs. Dr. Emick reserves the right to modify her positions on a subject based upon new research or data as it presents.